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How to Use Himalayan Salt Lamps

how-to-use-himalayan-salt-lamps-1Himalayan salt lamps are simple and easy to use. Plug it in and enjoy the glow it exudes. These lamps are perfect for relaxing in the evening, either as a nightlight or for adding cozy atmosphere to your room.

These salt lamps emit soft light that won’t disrupt the circadian rhythm if you do have struggles in sleeping. The pink light colour is often characterized as soothing and relaxing. That is why they are perfect for therapy rooms, yoga studios, offices, waiting rooms, living rooms and bedrooms.

Origins of Himalayan Salt Lamps

The Punjab Region of Pakistan in the foothills of the Himalayas are believed to be where the Himalayan rock salt is mined. It was formed 500 million years ago when an inland sea evaporated and the tectonic shifts led it to be sealed in by rocks, pushing it up to form mountain peaks.

You may have heard of the health benefits these salt lamps have and you might wonder what causes it. It is from the pinkish hue from the higher levels of trace minerals which are chemically similar to average table salt.

Benefits and Uses of Salt

Salt is one of the most valuable commodities in our lives. We use salt in the kitchen as seasoning and preserving food. It is also used to keep milk and cheese fresh. Beyond the kitchen, salt is used in setting dyes on our clothes and as cleaning agent for copper and carpet.

Not only that, salt is used for health and beauty purposes. When you are down with a sore throat, you can gargle lukewarm water with some salt in it. You can even use salt to clean small wounds and cuts. You can fight fatigue and boost your energy by soaking your feet or your whole body in diluted salt water. Use salt scrub to remove dry skin.

Our bodies need a certain amount of salt in order to function properly. It helps maintain the right fluid balance, regulate blood pressure, use our muscles and send nerve impulses.

Your very own salt lamp

Most of the suggested benefits of Himalyan salt lamps come from its production of negative ions which are widely believed to affect someone’s mood. Negative ions are produced naturally in the air as a direct result of changes in the atmosphere like heat, weather changes, etc. Spending time at the ocean or by a waterfall can help you test the effects of negative ions yourself.

How many negative ions are released in the air remains unclear but one thing is certain if you want to experience these benefits, you need to turn on your salt lamp to heat it up and make sure you are not using a LED light.

In conclusion, currently the supposed benefits of Himalayan salt lamps have little to no scientific evidence. There are mostly anecdotal that are loosely backed up by science so there’s a need for more scientific studies that conclusively support these benefits.

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