We’ve all felt the wash of good energy from getting outside, especially among waterfalls, lakes or rivers, and especially the sea. There is no denying that when we are immersed in fresh air, sunshine, and a salty breeze, we feel lighter and more balanced, inside and out. We are told by many that Himalayan Salt Lamps can have a similar affect on our indoor spaces. Yet there is a rigorous controversy about whether salt lamps do actually have the effects that are claimed.
My personal assessment is that salt lamps are probably not the panacea they are made out to be, but they do offer some healing benefits that are experienced by many. Regardless of whether they can purify air or offer enough negative ions to offset the electronic emissions, for many they do seem to bring noticeable benefits. Too many people have reported improved conditions to ignore the anecdotal evidence of their value.
What I love about salt lamps:
Amethya Natural Himalayan Salt Lamp. Hand Carved (Fire Bowl)
Natural Pakistan Crystal Salt Lamp hand carved on a chunky design style, inside a bowl-shaped crystal salt base.
Even though the salts don’t actually come from the Himalayas, but rather from Pakistan, these are old salts from deep in the earth, and are purported to contain an array of healthy minerals. They are said to cause a wide array of benefits that are grounded in three main effects: negative ionization, air purification, and color therapy.
There has been very little actual science to study the impact of salt lamps, therefore science, in general, argues against the claims. On the other hand, there is vast anecdotal evidence in which people have claimed significant health benefits. In the end, it’s a personal choice, so here’s a brief summary of the potential benefits and our take on salt lamps.
It is true that our homes tend to be imbalanced with excessive positive ions that are a bi-product of electronics and are unhealthy for us. There are studies that show significant health effects from increased negative ions, like those we get from going to the beach or a waterfall. It is also likely that the salt lamps do, in fact, increase the negative ions, but to what degree one can improve a whole room is uncertain. They are probably most effective placed near electronics or near one’s own sitting area.
While it is true that the salt lamps absorb water out of the air and water vapor can carry mold, bacteria, and allergens, it is unclear whether they actually absorb the impurities. Still, there is too much anecdotal evidence (personal accounts) of improved allergies and other issues with the regular use of salt lamps to ignore the potential benefits.
The pink to orange hues of salt lamps can be beneficial at night and to counteract blue light (like that of some artificial light and electronics) that can be disruptive to our sleep patterns and contribute to other health risks. According to Harvard experts:
“At night, light throws the body’s biological clock—the circadian rhythm—out of whack. Sleep suffers. Worse, research shows that it may contribute to the causation of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.But not all colors of light have the same effect.
Blue wavelengths—which are beneficial during daylight hours because they boost attention, reaction times, and mood—seem to be the most disruptive at night. And the proliferation of electronics with screens, as well as energy-efficient lighting, is increasing our exposure to blue wavelengths, especially after sundown.”
Salt lamps aren’t likely to counteract all in-home toxins, nor replace the need to get out among nature for our greater well-being, but they are a beautiful accessory for any room and offer at least some healing benefits.
See the links below to read more about the science vs. claims of salt lamps and the blue light research.