Have you seen those pretty salt lamps and wondered what they are and what purpose they serve? Himalayan Salt Lamps are made from solid blocks of salt that are carved and shaped into various forms. The center is hollowed out for placement of a lightbulb which provides a glow and warmth to the salt. There are loads of benefits to having them around your house, office, or other living environments. I was enlightened (ha, pun intended I suppose) to the salt lamp world one year ago when I read an article on their benefits. It was the beauty of the rock that first grabbed my attention. However, I was sold after learning that not only were they beautiful, but they were a natural aid to the health of my family. Below is a list of the key benefits of having Himalayan salt lamps.
The Key Benefits Of Having Himalayan Salt Lamps
Cleanse and Deodorize the Air- The lamp attracts water molecules from the environment and absorbs them into the salt. The contaminants are then trapped there. The rock releases clean molecules back into the air which helps to purify the air around you.
Help Reduce Allergy and Asthma Issues- The lamps remove dust, mold, mildew, pet dander, and other pollutants from the air.
Neutralize Electromagnetic Radiation- EM radiation is released by our electronics. We are surrounded by this energy with our computers, TV’s, phones, appliances, etc. EM exposure is known to increase our stress level, cause chronic fatigue, and reduce our immune system’s response. Salt lamps emit negative ions into the air which work to neutralize this radiation.
Increases Energy Level- Positive ions deplete our energy. Negative ions emitted by salt lamps invigorate us.
Reduce Static Electricity In the Air- Salt lamps naturally neutralize the particles that cause static.
Improve Mood and Increase Concentration- This happens through the effects of positive ions on the body which improves blood and oxygen flow to your organs, most importantly, your brain.
Help you Sleep Better- Positive ions also cause irregular sleep patterns. A salt lamp may improve your sleep by the increased negative ions. They also serve as a beautiful night light that can be dimmed to your liking.
Inviting Light Source- The warm glow of a salt lamp is very pleasing to look at. Salt lamps do not provide enough light to illuminate an entire room but make a great source of mood lighting.
You can add essential oils to the lamps for added benefits too.
Where Should You Place Salt Lamps
You will benefit greatly by having a lamp in nearly every room of the house. Family rooms, living rooms, bedrooms (particularly on nightstands), and offices (on your desk near electronics) are prime locations. Avoid rooms with high moisture such as bathrooms and laundry rooms. Salt lamps may be a little messy in humid climates.
The lamps come in various sizes and shapes. They are available in the standard shape or custom decorative shapes. Salt lamps are sold by weight. The larger the lamp, the more space it covers. Each has a recommendation for room size.
Himalayan Salt Lamps Make Great Gifts
After purchasing and using my first lamp I decided they were the perfect Christmas gift for my family that year. Many years I am at a loss of what to give my parents, in-laws, adult siblings with families, older child with family etc. I want to give something meaningful and of good use. Something thoughtful when they have so much already. You know the debate. This was a perfect idea! One that I was so proud of and could not wait to give my family.
I hopped on Amazon and ordered size/price appropriate lamps for each family. Talk about easy! I was able to cross off most of my list in one online session. No need to shop in and out of multiple stores. With Amazon Prime the shipping was free! This was a huge saving as salt lamps weigh a lot. Each lamp was shipped individually and packaged with ultimate protection to prevent any breakage. I wasn’t home when they were delivered, but I can only imagine the UPS delivery person’s thoughts as they carried seven of these heavyweights to my doorstep.
We hosted Christmas that year so our family members saw my salt lamps before receiving theirs. I was able to educate them on the benefits of the beautiful lamps before they knew they had one under our tree. It was definitely one of my most successful gift giving ideas ever. Everybody loved them. They were excited to get them home and plug them in. My brother-in-law, the funny guy he is, couldn’t resist licking the salt! Yes, according to him, they taste salty.
Tips When Shopping for Salt Lamps
- Go for Quality- You want to purchase a genuine Himalayan salt lamp, crafted of genuine Himalayan salt from the Himalayan foothills. There are imposters. Many cheap versions are not genuine.
- Opt for a dimmer switch.
- Purchase with a base in which the block is securely mounted.
- Look for UL Certification for safety.
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