Everything You Need to Know About Himalayan Salt Lamps

I’ve noticed that more and more articles are popping up sharing claims surrounding the health and wellness benefits of healing crystals and Himalayan salt lamps. Some seem to think salt lamps are healing, some think it’s nothing but a decorative piece. I’ve combined facts from what I’ve read online thus far and various consumer’s opinions on the whole healing salt lamp craze. So read on for more about everything you need to know about salt lamps, whether they might be right for you, and what people are saying about these hot little lamps!


What is a salt lamp?

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Is it actually made of salt? Yes. Salt lamps are exactly what they’re named, a block of salt made into a lamp to make a salt lamp. Complicated notion, I know. Typically made of Himalayan salt mined in the Himalayas, which I’ve been using to season my food for years. It’s an illuminated decorative piece as well as a benefit to your health. The one found in the photo above is also made of Fair Trade Himalayan salt from Healing Himalayas.


Why you need a salt lamp

The internet is saturated with information on salt lamps discussing dozens of benefits for the niche items. A Google search for “Salt Lamp Benefits” garners about 2.4 million hits! The jist of what I gather from what I’ve read is the following:

– Negative ions that emit from salt lamps balance out the positive ions that are emitted from our cell phones, computers, and televisions to purify the air. According to WebMD, “negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy”

– The soft illumination from the lamp is said to be calming

– Naturally occurring elements and minerals in Himalayan salt is associated with allergy relief and respiratory aid

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Backed by science or not, there’s no shortage of reasons to get a salt lamp. In addition to it’s suggested health benefits and aesthetic, salt lamps seem to attract the attention of kittens! Maybe if I buy another salt lamp, a cat will come to me…. If you’re not sure what I’m referring to, click here to see a little video of the most adorable kitten cuddling a salt lamp, and I can’t get enough of it. You are welcome.

I’m not sure there’s anything more that will melt your heart than a half asleep kitten hugging a salt lamp. It’s the most beneficial of all salt lamp claims, in my opinion.


What else people are saying about salt lamps and where to find them

Is it just me, or are reading reviews as amusing as they are informative? Check out some standout reviews I found from a variety of salt lamp carrying retailers:

On the Himalayan Ionic Natural Salt Lamp from Walmart

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Evah seems to still be skeptical on its benefits, but loving it nonetheless.

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— You get a salt lamp! You get a salt lamp! Everybody gets a salt lamp!!! The excitement is real for suotherngirl.


On the 11-15 Pound Salt Lamp from Healing Himalayas

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Peter’s salt lamp shipped in a pinch!


On the Himalayan Glow Hand Carved Bowl from Amazon

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~ His salt lamp gives Tamsin good vibes ~


On the Large Spherical Himalayan Salt Lamp from Overstock.com

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— Put a Christmas lightbulb in your salt lamp to customize the colour it illuminates! Great tip, mkfraze!

Kate95 did the taste test so you don’t have to.

— I feel you, jessica a., I feel you…


Most of the feedback on this negative ion product seems to be pretty positive. But how about you, what are your thoughts on crystals and salt lamps? Do you have one and if so, how would you rate yours? Whether you think it’s healing or believe it’s a hoax, share your feedback!

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Happy salt lamp researching!

Yroo

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2 thoughts on “Everything You Need to Know About Himalayan Salt Lamps

  1. Yes, you’re right! Himalayan salt lamps purify air through the power of hygroscopy and remove microscopic particles of dust, pet dander, mold, and mildew etc.

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