12 Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp Benefits

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

If you were to pick one, which one would you choose?

a) A painting from a world-famous artist

b) A Himalayan salt lamp

For home decoration purposes, most of you would probably choose option A. After all, hanging a beautiful painting created by a famous artist would not only add beauty to your home but also own bragging rights for owning such an expensive piece of artwork. When you have to weigh in which one is the better of investment, an art painting would probably it.

Besides who would want to put salt lamps in the living room when nobody would look at it, right?

Well, that could be an acceptable reason.

However, before you shun salt lamps, you might want to consider learning more about them. You’ll be surprised to know that despite their weird shape, buying them is just a small investment compared to what it can do to you and your home.

Yes, Himalayan salt lamps provide a lot of benefits to you more than you can think. They’re not just these rock-like structures that don’t serve any purpose other than to consume space on your coffee table or night stand and probably accumulate dust in the long run. Indeed, these salt lamps do more than that. And once you learn of the many healthful benefits they provide, you’ll start to think that they don’t look that weird after all.

What Are Himalayan Salt Lamps and Their Uses?

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To help you understand what salt lamps is, let’s first dive into interesting facts about them. As the name suggests, Himalayan salt lamps come from Himalayan salt. It’s a kind of rock salt that originated in the Punjab Region in Pakistan. This kind of halite crystals are mined in the foothills near the Himalayas, hence the name.

Himalayan salt crystals are generally off-white to transparent in color. There may be impurities in some crystals and they give off a pinkish or reddish color. Never be deceived by their impurities, though, because the impurities are just aesthetic issues and does not affect the salt’s effectiveness.

Large salt crystals mined in the region and in some parts of Europe and Asia are used as salt lamps. Most of these lamps are made of Himalayan pink salt crystals to add an aesthetic appeal to its structure. Salt lamps are carved from large Himalayan Salt crystals to form various shapes and sizes. Some are carved in the middle to form a well where tea candles can be placed inside.

Since time immemorial, salt is used for their beneficial properties. It’s used as a valuable form of medium for trading in neighboring countries and villages as well as to promote rejuvenation. This explains why smelling salts were popular in the past as a way to rejuvenate a person who is about to faint or have already fainted. Salt in crystal form, like those used in salt lamps, are not lacking in benefits as well.

The Wonderful Benefits of Himalayan Pink Salt Lamps

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A lot of different claims have been made about benefits of using Himalayan pink salt lamps but the one benefit that stands out the most is that these salt lamps function as a negative ion generator.

Devices and other materials equipped with ionizing properties have been making waves in recent years, especially in Far East countries like Japan, because of the many healthful benefits negative ions can do to the body. And when you decorate your home with Himalayan pink salt lamps, you can enjoy the same goodness and more.

What are these benefits, read on and find out.

1. Enhance Breathing

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As you know, the nose acts as a passage for air to pass through the lungs and distribute oxygen to the body through the blood stream. But that is not the only awesome thing our nose does. It also functions as a filter to make sure that toxins found in the air will not enter the body. This is due to the finite hair, called cilia, lining the windpipes. This explains why, after being outside in a polluted environment, you’ll find lots of dried up snot or mucus in the stuck under the nose. Boogers are dirt that is filtered by cilia.

It has been shown in studies that positive ions decrease the effectiveness of cilia in filtering out dirt and other toxic air particles that enter the body each time you breathe. Conversely, negative ions help improve cilial activity so they filter out dirty particles properly.

Because Himalayan pink salt lamps are believed to release negative ions in to the air, the dirt filtering system in your nose functions properly. As a result, overall breathing is improved helping the lungs stay clean and healthy.

2. Clean, Purify and Deodorize the Air

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This is the most likely explanation why people use Himalayan pink salt lamps in their homes and offices. These salt lamps clean and purify the air by way of hygroscopy. It’s a kind of property found in salt that works by attracting and absorbing dirty water molecules and other contaminants found in its surrounding environment and locks them inside the salt crystal. Hygroscopy also has the capacity to remove cigarette smoke in the air, making salt lamps a wise addition to places where children and other non-smokers are exposed second-hand smoking.  

When you light a candle inside the hallows of a Himalayan pink salt lamp, the crystal heats up and the water molecules that were absorbed evaporates back into the air, leaving contaminants and other unwanted particles trapped inside the salt.

3. Relieve Asthma Symptoms and Allergies

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The common culprit for asthma and allergy attacks are dust, mildews, mould and other contaminants found floating in the air. When the air becomes too stale or remains stuck in an area because of no proper ventilation, this is when you begin to have breathing problems.

By simply placing a Himalayan pink salt lamp or two in rooms or areas where you frequent for long periods of time, you can reduce your allergy symptoms as well as minimize serious bouts of asthma attacks. If you suffer from asthma on a regular basis, try placing pink salt lamps in different rooms in your house and you’ll begin so feel the difference in two weeks or less.

Using Himalayan salt lamps is especially helpful if you’re constantly in an enclosed space, such as an air-conditioned room or in the basement where there is little ventilation.

4. Relieve Coughs and Common Colds

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Airborne germs are the biggest culprit of coughs and colds. When you place Himalayan salt lamps in rooms that you frequent all the time, you add a shield of protection from these nasty elements. This is because salt lamps, when heated through an electric light bulb or a lighted tea candle, releases negative ions that assist your body in filtering and blocking out contaminants from entering the lungs.

In a way, Himalayan pink salt lamps can be used a preventive measure to ensure that cough, sore throat, sneezing and other symptoms do not advance to a full-blown common cold.

5. Minimize Electromagnetic Radiation

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Electromagnetic radiation or EMR is a kind of energy that is released from radio satellites, microwaves, X-rays, gamma rays and most electronic devices such as smart phones. Even concrete buildings and sunlight emit small amounts of EMR.

While it seems like EMR is a natural occurrence, the dangers of electromagnetic radiation overexposure cannot be ignored. Some of the harmful effects of EMR include, but not limited to, cellular mutation (which often leads to cancer), skin burns and cell death.

A good way to protect yourself from harmful EMR is by surrounding yourself with lots of negative ions. And, you guessed it, Himalayan pink salt lamps can do just that.  If you want to shield yourself from the dangerous emissions of electromagnetic radiation coming from your TV, computers, laptops, tablets and other electronic devices, consider placing at least one salt lamp close to them.

6. Improve Insomnia

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A good night’s rest is essential overall wellness. It is when you sleep that your body relaxes and cools down, allowing your internal organs to function effectively in ridding your body with toxins, regulating hormones, clearing your mind and many others. But the most important thing to remember is that sleeping allows the body to renew itself, replace old and dead cells with new ones, so you can perform better when you wake up.

When your sleep is constantly interrupted or you can’t sleep at all, your body does the opposite. And then you begin to feel stressed, tired and sickly. And your sleep patterns are not improved, sleep deprivation will lead to serious health implications.

To help you sleep better, it would be helpful to know that one of the major reasons people have a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep for the next eight hours is the over exposure of positive ions. This is because positive ions reduce the amount of blood and oxygen in the brain, which then leads to the body’s inability to fall asleep.

To reduce the effects, place one or two Himalayan pink salt lamps beside your bed. As you already know, salt lamps release negative ions that can help clear the air of positive ions to improve blood and oxygen flow in the brain and help your body relax.

7. Alleviate Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Have you ever noticed feeling happy and content in life every time you go hiking, check out waterfalls or go to the beach? That’s because being close nature exposes you to the goodness of negative ions. This explains why people who live near oceans are happier, healthier and calmer. Seaside living offers many benefits but that’s not all. You surround yourself with lots of negative ions every time you head to the beach.

Of course, not everyone can afford the luxury of seaside living or can travel to the beach whenever they want to. If this is you, an alternative route you can go to is to add Himalayan pink salt lamps. The negative ions emitted by these salt lamps can boost your mood and increase your energy. Plus, the soft natural light that comes from the laps is similar to the warm glow of sun, which can help you overcome the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder.

8. Act as an Eco-Friendly Light Source

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So what makes Himalayan salt lamps eco-friendly? Here are three reasons that will help you preserve Mother Earth while benefiting from salt lamps at the same time. The reserve from which Himalayan pink salt is mined recently measured between eighty to six hundred tons and is predicted to last for at least another 350 years if continued at the current rate of mining. Commonly, these lamps’ base is carved from Azadirachta indica, also known as Neem or Indian lilac, or any other sustainable wood which are beneficial to the body. Also, some salt lamps use low wattage bulbs which consume a very small amount of energy and some use a lit candle.

9. Minimize Static Electricity

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Static usually clings when light objects have opposing static charges. Our clothes, for example, have static because it touches a dry environment, especially in dryers, and they exchanged electrons. The object that loses electrons become positively charged, while the other negatively charged. And as the saying goes, opposites attract.

In theory, when heat and moisture are present salt releases a negative charge. This happens to any salt, when temperature elevates, will lose stability; Thus producing negatively charged ions that neutralizes static.

10. Boost Mood and Improve Concentration

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Humans are bio-electric in nature. The amount of electrically charged particles in the body affects the way we feel and act. The balance between positive and negative ions contributes to one’s sensations and perceptions. So the ions surrounding our environment greatly affect our health and well-being, in turn affects our emotional and mental attitudes.

With the Himalayan pink salt lamp around, the amount of unhealthy positive ions is reduced. Meaning, the more the negative ion present, one would have a better mood and can better comprehend tasks at hand.

11. Amp up Energy Levels

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Going to the beach for a tan or a splash, hiking thru parks, camping in the mountains, or go on a road trip outside the city are some of the things we look forward to especially when we are going on a vacation leave. After such activity, we feel invigorated and once again ready to face head on reality.

So why do we feel more relaxed by doing these instead of sleeping although out the day? Well, the fact is, negatively charged ions are most prevalent in natural places, particularly around moving water. That taste in the air and the feeling that you get at the beach is your body being saturated in the benefits of negative ions, making you feel relaxed and energized.

Why wait for your vacation leave? What if there is a way to take that same feeling with you and keep it going even in the comfort of your home? Unfortunately, our homes and workplaces are usually sealed off from the natural source of negative ions. Even if you do keep a window open, aside from the thick air pollution, the concentration of negative ions in the air may only be a tenth of that found in natural environments. To top it up, we are in a “positive ion prison” due to positive ion producing air conditioning, electrical equipment like televisions, computers, and microwave ovens, even the carpet and upholstery adds to it.

But no need to fear, the Himalayan pink salt lamp can bring that recharged feeling at our homes. Try placing a Himalayan salt lamp in a room where you spent most of your time in, and pretty sure that you will notice the difference. That’s not all, negative ions repel each other, so as more and more negative ions are produced they are emitted further and further out the room they are in.

12. Promote Relaxation and Overall Wellness

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Just as positive ions build up in the atmosphere prior to a storm front, negative ions accumulate following a storm. Negative ions have long been associated with improvements in mood and health. Many research studies have been conducted to support the view that negative ions have a net positive effect on one’s health, including improved mood, stabilized catecholamine regulation, circadian rhythm, and enhanced recovery from physical exertion and protection from positive ion-related stress and exhaustion disorders.

One of the most amazing discoveries was a link between the lack of negative ions and lifespan. German researchers found out that prolonged deficiency of negative ions led to an accelerated rate of death. Russian researchers also discovered that negative ions are able to help protect our body from induced physical stress.

Final Thoughts

Negative ions play a role in the well-being of all living things, including human. So if you want to improve your health, your mood and energy, it pays to invest in Himalayan pink salt lamps. They may not be as expensive as luxurious as paintings from famous artists, the return on investment you get from these lamps are in the form of health and wellness.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.