It may seem like mystic nonsense, but Himalayan Salt Lamps and their healing abilities are based in real science. Originating in the mines of Khewra, Pakistan, Himalayan salt is not only hygroscopic but when heated up it produces negative ions. These two properties form the basis for the benefits associated with placing a salt lamp in your home.
All salt is hygroscopic, which means it attracts water to its surface which then evaporates. This process can help to remove bacteria, dust, and allergens from the air. Himalayan Salt Lamps have a larger surface area to attract water with, thus cleansing the air of the room they are in. This is one reason why many people put salt lamps in their bedroom.
The greatest benefits, however, come from the negative ions. Our world is full of both negative and positive ions. Positive ions come from both natural and man-made sources such as electrical storms, fluorescent lights, and common household electronics. The associated side-effects of positive ions are asthma problems, depression, tension, anxiety, and fatigue. In order to neutralize the positive ions, you need negative. The most abundant source of negative ions is waterfalls, beaches, and forests, but they can also be generated by salt lamps.
Negative ions have the complete opposite effect on the body as positive ions. They have been attributed to an increased flow of oxygen to the brain, reduction of air pollutants such as carbon dioxide, germs, and dust, and lessened anxiety. Because of these qualities, Himalayan Salt lamps are great for people with allergies and respiratory problems.
Before you purchase a salt lamp, it’s important to do the proper research. There are a lot of fakes out there, and it can be difficult to spot the difference from a cursory glance. Here are a few indications that you’re looking at a fake:
1. Real Himalayan Salt lamps use salt that comes from Pakistan, so if you don’t see any mention of origin or the seller is hesitant to tell you about it, be suspicious.
2. Himalayan Salt lamps are fragile. A company selling fakes will have a poor return policy, whereas a real one will take into consideration possible damage during transit.
3. Durability is another factor to test. As mentioned above, salt lamps are fragile. A fake will be far more durable. Don’t try to take a hammer to it to check for authenticity, but do look for white powder or fine chips that would indicate fragility.
4. As stated earlier, salt is hygroscopic. Real lamps will attract and evaporate water. Fake ones will be water resistant.
5. Despite the name, salt lamps are not meant to be actual lamps that produce bright light. The salt causes a muted light to come through, which is what makes them calming and great nightlights. Fakes will produce a very bright light.
While some people question their validity, there’s no doubt that science is real. Negative ions do in fact cancel out positive ones and provide respiratory benefits, and hygroscopic properties do in fact cleanse the air. Try placing one in your family’s most frequented room, and see if you feel the benefits! What’s a $20 lamp compared with improved health and wellness?