Are Himalayan Salt Lamps good for you?

Himalayan Salt Lamps

Everywhere you turn now a days there is a Himalayan salt lamps claiming health benefits. So the question becomes do they work? Do they really have health benefits? The answer is yes, but before we go into the benefits lets first go into some background on Himalayan Salt. As you probably have seen by now the Himalayan Salt Lamps are carved from pieces of salmon colored Himalayan Rock Salt. They have an incandescent or LED light bulb in the middle and you have probably seen them in peoples home and office or anywhere. When they are turned on they emit a warm soothing glow and they make a beautiful addition as home lighting products.

Himalayan Salt Lamps

So back to the question what about those health benefits of improving sleep and concentration to boosting immunity and relieving migraines. So where do these claims come from? Well to answer that you first need to know what these Himalayan Salt lamps do. They generate negative Ions (called vitamins of the air) – so what is an ion you ask… well an ion is an atom or molecule with a net electric charge. There are 2 types of ions, 1 is the negative ions, which are negatively charged, this occurs as a result of having gained one or more electrons. The 2nd type is the positive ions, which are positively charged, this occurs as a result of having lost one or more electrons. The air we breath contains both positive and negative ions but not in an equal ratio.

Lots of things can happen in the environment both natural and artificial that can give rise to either the position or negative ions. So, for example have you even had an experience just before a bad thunderstorm where you felt oppressed and irritated but then once it was over you felt refreshed almost invigorated? Ions may be the cause of this occurrence. After a thunderstorm the air is heavily charged with negative Ions.



Places near moving water like rivers, fountains, waterfalls, and the ocean are hotspots for negative ions. This is why we feel healthy and uplifted when we visit these locations. According to WebMD “once they reach our bloodstream negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reaction that increase the levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relive stress, and boots our daytime energy.” Also note that high concentration of negative ions has been linked to enhanced concentration and learning, improved sleep, easier breathing and great resistance and a faster recovery from illness.

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The bad news is that the presence of synthetic carpets, central heating and air conditioning (everything in a home or office) and other factors favor the production of positive ions. It is very common for the typical home or office to be saturated in positive ions yet have almost no negative ions. This is where the Himalayan salt lamp comes in handy. You need a negative ion generator. The Himalayan salt attracts the moisture, so when you touch the lamp it may feel damp to the touch. When the lamp is on the salt will pull the moisture out of the air and it will evaporate quickly due to the heat from the lamp.   The evaporation of the water releases negative ions into the air. While these Himalayan salt lamps may be beautiful and helpful please note that if you are having major issues you may be better off selecting a device built for this purpose.


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