For the most part, people trust the air that they breathe unless they can see pollutants or smell odors that are strong and offensive. The body even adapts to tolerate some odors in order for humans to continue breathing.
The Himalayan salt lamp has given people a way to improve air quality while receiving a light source. This is non-intrusive to most lifestyles and a functional part of almost any kind of decor.
The History of Himalayan Salt Lamps
Perhaps salt crystal lamp history can be traced through the fact that each year, people visit salt mines in search of rejuvenation and ways to enhance their moods and claim a sense of calm. Millions of years ago, the purest salt found on the planet was formed in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains. Early societies used this salt to preserve food long before the invention of refrigerators and freezers. Traders in these societies also used the salt for currency, since it was such a valued commodity. Often, salt was traded for its equal weight in gold. In fact, many settlements that existed during the Neolithic Period, the last part of the Stone Age, were built near salt springs.
The value of salt through the ages has even been traced to the causes of war and confirmed through religious texts. Matthew 5:13 of the King James Version of the Holy Bible tells readers, “Ye are the salt of the Earth” to give some idea of the magnitude of people’s value. If soldiers were not fighting over salt, they were paid with salt for their duty in the military.
In U.S. history, salt was a major motivation for building the Erie Canal. After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, people realized it was hard to move through the Appalachian Mountains to travel west of the 13 original colonies. It cost a lot to move goods and could sometimes take up to 45 days. The need to move salt deposits from Syracuse to the east coast pushed the construction of the canal.
As a therapy, people have always turned to salt for immediate cure. For example, even today, some people still drink salt water to cure chronic congestion problems, and they gargle with salt water after pulling a tooth. It soothes the raw ache in new injuries and removes bacteria. The recognition of the healing properties of salt prompted the establishment of salt-based therapies for patients at rehabilitation clinics. This was called speller therapy. It was only natural that some of this knowledge would translate to lighting sources with low-wattage bulbs.
How Salt Lamps Work
Salt lamps work by disbursing negative ions emanating from the salt crystals. The most common way people have felt the effects of negative ions has been when they have climbed a mountain and felt the difference in the air. It is fresh, calming and much easier to breathe in. Rainstorms, lightning, wind and sunlight all work together to create these ions in nature. Electrical charges make the air rich with oxygen and creates the ions needed for air clarity in the process.
In home environments, the electrical appliances that involve our simple daily routines do not have this same positive effect. They emit positive ions and lower energy levels. Electromagnetic fields, or (EMF), are associated with the radiation given off by electrical devices. Cell phones, laptops, personal devices, and video games consoles all give off these positive ions, or “electro-smog”, which is much more of a problem now than in years past. Those who work form home or spend a lot of time near computers in the home or work are gathering even more of these positive ions. Having a salt lamp reverses this trend and neutralizes the air.
The salt lamp works by attracting moisture when it is heated. The moisture causes evaporation through the salt in the lamp and gives off the ions necessary for healing. The number of ions a salt lamp releases will always depend on the size of a lamp and how much heat is generated from the light bulb. Naturally, the larger a room or space is, the larger a lamp would need to be in order to stay effective. A lamp the size of a night light would be sufficient for a space the size of an office cubicle. As long as the lamp is not immersed in water, which will dissolve the salt, it will last and not have to be replaced.
Benefits of a Himalayan Salt Lamp for the Body
Because these lamps clean the air, they are among the best natural home remedies for asthma and other types of respiratory conditions. The heat from the lamp kills dust, allergens, mold spores and bacteria, all of which can be dangerous triggers for those who deal with asthma. Salt lamps are powerful as natural remedies for asthma because they do not require the user to change lifestyle or routine. They simply add them to their homes and the remedy works while they move through their lives as usual.
The lamps have also been used by doctors and other healthcare workers for color therapy, also called chromotherapy. This form of alternative medicine has helped to diagnose and treat various illnesses by balancing a person’s energy. Patients have relied on this therapy to enhance positive moods and increase energy when they are feeling low.
How to Use a Himalayan Salt Lamp
One of the most popular places that people place their salt lamp is in the bedroom. It is especially effective here to counter the effects of dust and allergens on breathing while sleeping. In family rooms, or the room in the house where the family spends the majority of its time, it is helpful because it keeps the air clean and continually promotes a positive mood. People want the place where they make the most of their memories to be the light and uplifting.
It is also a good idea to place the lamp in rooms where there is an abundance of electrical appliances. A living room with a large flat screen television, or a kitchen with a dishwasher, stove, refrigerator and microwave are key targets. The lamp in these places, or in an office with computer emissions, counters the ions that can damage energy levels over time and leave you less productive.
When the lamp is not in use, it is best to unplug it and store it in a plastic bag to stop it from pooling moisture.
To clean it, simply use a damp cloth and wipe it down. Avoid using it in a bathroom, which has too much moisture, or placing it outside, and the lamp could last a lifetime.
What Size Salt Lamp Do I Need?
While there is no exact science for the exact size salt lamp you need for a specific room, there are some basic guidelines.
- 1 pound for every 10 square feet.
- For larger rooms, several lamps should be strategically placed throughout.
- For bedrooms, a 5-7 lb lamp on the nightstand should suffice.
This small chart should help determine what size your salt lamp should be.
|Coverage Area||Lamp Size|
|10ft x 10ft||5-7 lbs.|
|12ft x 12ft||9-11 lbs.
|14ft x 14ft||13-17 lbs.|
|20ft x 20ft||20-30 lbs.|
|30ft x 30ft||40-50 lbs.|
Himalayan Salt Lamp Reviews
Here is what people are saying about the benefits of using salt lamps.
“My daughter has snored all of her life and for some reason the very first night she used this lamp, she didn’t snore! She still snores on sleep overs at her friends house, but not at home.”
“These lamps are heavier than expected! Very well made and sturdy with a strong wood base. It makes it hard for my curious cat to knock over.”
“When used as a night light, the sunset-like glow makes a dark room feel very warm and cozy. Not sure about the negative ion benefits, but the light gives me a sense of peace and calm.”
“My salt lamp has helped with my sleeping, as well as improved my allergies. I find that is sleep better, even when my husband leaves the television on all night. Also noticed an improvement with my annoying allergies and asthma.”
“I’m really amazed at what these salt lamps do! Clean and purifies the air, helps with my insomnia, anxiety, and depression.”
“This lamp is both practical and beautiful. I love it’s unique appearance. Some have said they haven’t noticed a difference with their allergies but I definitely did! You should leave it on all the time to get the maximum effect.”
“Love all 12 of my salt lamps! I have many different styles and there is one in every one of my rooms. I love the look of them and also the fact that I don’t have to dust between my cleaning lady’s monthly trips. She can’t believe the difference!”
“With 6 humans, 2 cats, and a dog it’s sometimes difficult to keep the house smelling fresh and clean. These lamps make a difference in air quality and ambiance. Much prettier than air purifiers and more natural.”