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How Do Himalayan Salt Lamps Work?

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Himalayan pink salt lamps have grown in popularity over the past few years. Their beauty is undeniable and they make for a wonderful addition to any home decor to create a wonderful ambience. But they’re more than just decoratives, they’re considered as a wellness product. So what are the benefits of having one?

Health Benefits of Using Himalayan Salt Lamps

It has been suggested that Himalyan salt lamps improve air quality by producing negative ions that goes into the air which has health benefits. This might be the primary reason why wellness stores are selling them and people want one in their homes.

What are these health benefits?

  • Better air quality that helps with breathing
  • They trap dust and other allergens and even cleans and deodorizing the air
  • Reduces asthma
  • Reduce the severity of common cold symptoms
  • Helps boost blood flow
  • Improves mood and reduces symptoms of depression
  • Helps you relax and sleep well
  • Improves concentration and raises energy level.

These are only some of the benefits of using Himalayan salt lamps. Salt, which is the main mineral of salt lamps, has been used by humans for many years. It has been used to heal the sick, season and preserve food and in some cases, ward off evil.

Do any of these claims have any real scientific basis?

Himalayan Salt Lamps Release Negative Ions

Most of these alleged benefits may come from the assumption that Himalayan salt lamps release negative ions into the air. These negative ions counteract the effects of positive ions which are often produced by pollution, dust and humidity or even the technology in our homes.

So why do positive ions need to be counteracted? It is believed that an excess of positive ions contribute towards fatigue, stress, tension and anxiety. While there’s no scientific evidence, it’s widely believed that exposure to positive ions exacerbate symptoms of respiratory ailments like asthma as well as migraine, allergies and even depression.

On the other hand, negative ions also known as anions, have the opposite effect on your health. They are obviously the opposite of positive ions. Anions fall to the floor when they are statically attracted to particles in the air such as dust, mould, smoke and other pollutants.

Anions are abundantly found in nature like forests, beaches and waterfalls. Have you ever wondered why you feel so good when you visit any of these areas? Many studies suggest that anion has health benefits.

The main argument against Himalayan salt lamps is that they only produce a small amount of negative ions, especially if you use LED bulbs.

Other benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps

Himalayan salt lamps emit a soft amber glow that do not interrupt circadian rhythms the same way blue light does. This is helpful if you want to get into bed after a long day at work. Using the soft light to replace bright artificial light can help you unwind and destress.

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