Salt lamps or Himalayan Pink Salt lamps are pure salt pieces with a tiny bulb inside. When switched on the lamp emits a soft, warm glow that improves on the indoor air quality. Himalayan salts come from Pakistan’s Punjab region which is south of the Himalayas mountain range. They were discovered in 326 BC by the troops of Alexander the Great after their horses began licking the rocks. These salts are like table salt but have additional minerals such as iron, chromium, lead, zinc, and copper. It is the iron and manganese that causes the unique color. They are not iodized or tampered by any kind of manufacturing process. This means they do not have chemicals or anti-caking additives or even pollution from natural water sources like the sea. Furthermore, not all Himalayan salts are edible in its raw form. The impure versions are the ones used for salt lamps and you can usually differentiate them from the edible ones by their size and color which is reddish pink or bright red.
Salt lamps use the large impure Himalayan salts and while they are constantly being debated upon as to their benefits and use, no one can dispute the following:
- The Himalayan salts were formed over 200 million years ago and were protected from human pollution by ice and snow for millions of years
- It has a high crystalline structure and contains 84 minerals and other elements
- Salt therapy or halotherapy uses Himalayan salt to help asthma patients. It is used similar to a nebulizer but on a larger scale. The asthmatic patient sits in a room with these salts and a halogenerator which dissolves the salt into microscopic particles to clean the air. Simply put, it’s a salt steam bath without the water commonly associated with taking a bath. There have been several clinical studies on halotherapy that have produced positive results.
Halotherapy is an expensive procedure and not easily available. Fortunately, you can re-create your own “salt cave” with our salt lamps. Salt lamps infuse the indoor air to purify it creating healthier indoor space through the release of negative ions.
Negative ions commonly come from lightning, waterfalls, sunlight, running water, and ocean waves. This is why swimming in natural running water sources feels so refreshing. Negative ions, according to doctors, increase the flow of oxygen to your brain so you become more alert and mentally focused. These ions are also capable of protecting you by reducing germs in the air so you sneeze and cough less. If you live in the city, in all likelihood you have less than 100 ions of negative ions per cubic centimeter as compared to living along the beach where you can have up to 10,000 negative ion concentration.
While we admit that our salt lamps cannot generate 10,000 negative ions, it is definitely more than 100 ions. To generate more negative ions, leave the salt lamp on for prolonged periods of time but turn it off to cool.
The negative ions benefit is a plus factor to using the salt lamp. The more important benefit is the fact that when you turn on the lamp, the microscopic particles will start attracting all microscopic pollutants in the room and holding on to them so you don’t breathe them in. Once heavy with these pollutants, the heat from the lamp will dry them while releasing water vapor effectively cleaning the air until you turn off the lamp. It’s especially helpful if you have a salt lamp near electronics because electronics release positive ions which are partially responsible for feelings of fatigue, lack of energy, irritability, and anxiety.
In summary, salt lamps can prevent respiratory issues, induce relaxation, help cure headaches, and help you sleep better, among other benefits.