Why Use Himalayan Salt Lamps

What is a Salt Lamp 

 

 

Himalayan Salt Lamps not only looking stunning, but they are amazing at creating the perfect ambience in any room, especially the bedroom. If they are authentic, like the lamps sold at Soul Health Lounge and not from larger department stores or cheap retailers, then salt lamps come from the Himalayas, a mountain range that stretches about 1,500 miles across Pakistan, India, Bhutan, and Nepal. 

There are many claims about health benefits of using salt lamps, and you'll often see them being sold in healing shops and practices alongside other crystals. There are many claims out there, but it is important to note that the highest benefit is that the appearance and color of lighting will improve your mood and state of calm. They are not going to fix all your health problems. 

Let's take a look at some benefits. 

Color of Light Affects Sleep

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the color of light affects our Circadium Rythym (our natural, internal process that regulates the sleep–wake cycle and repeats roughly every 24 hours). Circadium Rythym can also influence other important bodily functions such as Hormone Release, Eating Habits, Digestion, and Body Temperature. [1]

This is how various light sources can cause different affects on our sleep.  

  • Blue light has the strongest impact. Exposure to blue light (and white light, which contains blue light) during the sensitive period can make it difficult for you to fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Exposure to white light during the day can have positive effects, including boosting alertness and mood.
  • Red light has no effect on the circadian clock, so you can use a dim red light at night
  • Yellow and orange light have little effect on the clock so you can use a very dim yellow or orange light at night.

Since Himalayan Salt Lamps can be made up of a variation of orange, pink, red and yellow lights and are quite dim, we know that swapping your bright lights for one of these, will have a positive impact on your sleep. 

Removing Negative Ions in the Air

Some people say they feel more refreshed and clear minded after a storm. This could be due to the negative Ions in the air due to the storms effects. Ions are all around us; and there are positive and negative ions. They can naturally occur from particles from space, radiation, sunlight, lightning or water particles crashing together from waterfalls. 

Manufacturers have created at home purification systems and Ionizers specifically to produce negative Ions, said to cleanse the air in your home. 

It is said that authentic salt lamps do the same thing, although at a smaller scale. As water in the air gets attracted to the warmth of the naturals crystal surface and then evaporates, creating negative ions. 

As they would release a lot lower levels of negative ions, obviously the more you have, the better the air will be. 

According to WebMD a study on mice showed that when they had salt lamps on and had contact with the mice, the results showed a reduction in depression and anxiety. 

Improved Breathing

Salt Caves and Rooms have been used for hundreds of years by patients with lung diseases. There must be some evidence to suggest that real Himalayan Salt in enough quantity can cause benefits for our breathing. as I said before, the more of them you have on the better, so look for deals where you can buy multiple lamps for a lower price. 

According to RedoHealth, it’s believed that the mechanism that allows this cleansing due to salt is related to salt’s hygroscopicity (attracting moisture). Salt draws moisture out of the air, and these tiny water droplets carry with them trapped pollen and dust particles.[2]

General Community Thoughts

Salt Lamps are advertised as being beneficial for people with allergies, asthma or diseases that affect respiratory function, such as cystic fibrosis.

They are not going to cure all your health issues, but if you use as many as possible and team them with other therapies, it is going to produce more harm than good. Just be aware that there are many synthetic salt lamps being sold at very cheap prices. If they are not labelled as been made in Pakistan, then they are probably not authentic and they won't have any health benefits. They will often be made of pink colored selenite.

At the very least they are going to look beautiful in your home and will create a calming atmosphere. I used mine for breast feeding my son in my own bedroom and have one in my little ones bedroom that is used when getting him ready for bed. 

References

[1]https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/emres/longhourstraining/color.html - The Color of the Light Affects the Circadian Rhythms

[2] https://www.redohealth.com.au/the-health-benefits-of-salt-lamps/ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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