If you know even a little bit about Himalayan salt lamps, then you’ve undoubtedly heard about some of their health benefits as well. More than just a pretty home décor item, real rock salt lamps offer a range of health benefits to their users.
The Research Behind Salt Lamps
However, many of the effects are well researched and documented in journal articles, and the term “halotherapy” (which means salt therapy) has been officially given to salt-based treatments for a variety of health issues like asthma, sinus problems and more. So, what are the health benefits you can expect from a pink salt lamp?
Salt Lamp benefits for Asthma Patients
Himalayan salt is “hygroscopic” meaning that it draws and “sucks in” moisture from the air. So how is this good for Asthma?
Impurities and irritants in the air often cause asthma, which could be anything from dust to pet dander, to seasonal pollen.
These airborne pollutants get trapped in the water vapor. As the salt draws in the moisture, it also brings in these pollutants.
The water is evaporated back into the air from the heat of the salt lamp, but the pollutants and irritants that usually cause asthma get stuck and more importantly, remain stuck on the surface of the light. The result… much relief for asthmatics and those with sinus problems.
Although the salt lamp itself is quite a new and “bright” idea – pun intended – the benefits of salt, especially Himalayan salt, are far from unique.
The locals of the area where Himalayan salt comes from (in northern Pakistan) have long known that the salt caves healed people with breathing difficulties.
A lot of first-time salt lamp owners who buy a lamp from our shop report similar benefits themselves. So is owning a salt lamp a good idea for asthmatics? Most definitely, the more, the better.
However, the benefits don’t stop there; there have been studies on salt therapy that have shown improvements for people with
- cystic fibrosis
- smokers cough
- moreover, a range of other lung and sinus related diseases.
There is some concern out there whether salt lamps could be bad for asthma for some people and to this, we’d have to say that it’s not impossible but doubtful, as the overwhelming response from people is positive.
Salt Lamps for Allergies
Well, we’d be lying if we could say precisely HOW it happens, but the anecdotal evidence and testimonials of rock salt lamp owners say that there is an anti-allergic effect that people experience around their lamps. In short, you can use salt lamps for allergies.
If you have an allergy yourself, then you might know how little we know about them in conventional medicine. What we do know is that like Asthma, many allergies can be caused or irritated further by environmental factors, that could be anything like
- pet dander
- seasonal pollen
- airborne chemicals
- cigarette smoke
- alternatively, everyday old dust.
If salt lamps are cleaning the indoor air of your home environment, they are indirectly reducing the chances for allergies to flare up.
However, there are still many allergies that are caused by other factors, that a salt lamp could not and should not be relied upon to reduce, this includes allergies like peanut and food allergies, we still recommend you continue your regular treatments and see your doctor.
Having said that… give it a try, the worst that could happen is nothing happens, but on the positive side, you could experience a slight or even significant relief in symptoms.
Salt Lamp Guards from harmful Radiation of Electronics
The list of benefits you can gain from salt lamps is impressive, but the best reason to get one would be this ‘Himalayan salt lamps reduce EMF’ which stands for the electromagnetic field.
In simple English, an electromagnetic field is an invisible energy field created by all electronic devices. It is positively charged, and if you’re exposed to it too often, it can be harmful to you.
There’s been much research on this, so it’s worth paying attention to! Over time positive EMF can accelerate ageing, cause stress and in rare cases, even cancer.
How often is too often? It’s very likely that if you frequently watch your favourite TV shows or chat with friends on your phone, you are being exposed to these harmful energy fields.
Does this mean you have to quit everything related to electronics? Far from inconvenient, in this day and age, THAT sounds pretty much impossible. The solution is to find devices that counteract these frequencies as much as possible.
Salt lamps have a unique property among electrical devices because although they also run on electricity, the salt itself emits negative ions when it’s heated up.
These negative ions neutralise the positive EMF from electronics in our home and keep us protected from their harmful effects. The more salt lamps you have, the better protection they’ll provide as the neutralising power multiples, the more lamps you get.
Salt Lamps for Healthier Sleep
There’s one thing you can never have too much of, and that’s a good night’s sleep. Though some of the other health benefits of salt lamps are under debate, no one can deny that when it comes to getting a better shut-eye, you can use Himalayan salt lamps for sleep.
However, the benefits don’t come from the lamp’s ‘moisture sucking’ properties, but instead, from salt lamps colour properties. Salt lamps emit a warm, soft, orangish light when turned on; this is because of their natural crystal structure.
This ‘pink-red’ colour profile is suitable for sleep; it helps people sleep faster and better. That’s why salt lamps make better night lights as well. We sell a salt lamp nightlight that you can plug straight into the socket of your bedroom.
Many of the electronic devices we now use like smartphones and computers emit a blue light frequency that research has shown a negative effect on our sleep. It interferes with our hormones and disrupts our natural sleep cycle.
Having a salt lamp alone can’t fully counteract this, we need to limit our screen staring as much as we can. However, having a salt lamp will go a long way to balance this problem since the light from salt lamps has ZERO of the blue light it permanently cleanses our visual field from all these harmful blue light and brings us back to something we are naturally more adapted to, the amber hue of a campfire.
Some of the most common issues of sleep like restlessness, insomnia or waking up too quickly are things that salt lamps can help reduce. Pink salt lamps can also improve sleep apnoea and snoring, both of which can be caused by shallow sleep.
Himalayan Salt Lamps and Skin Benefits
Even though salt lamps dry out the air they don’t dry out your skin, so dry skin victims rejoice, salt lamps are safe for you. In-fact Himalayan salt lamps benefit skin, in general.
However, the positive effects on the skin are only slight for salt lamps. The best way to reap the full health benefits of Himalayan salt for your skin is by using Himalayan salt topical creams, those can do wonders, as the salt needs to be in contact with your skin for maximum effect.
However, salt lamps can act in another way. Skin conditions like eczema can often be caused by the same environmental factors that cause allergies, like dust, or airborne chemicals.
Salt lamps clean the air, and so naturally, this will help prevent skin allergies from flaring up. They also increase the number of dry salt particles in the air, when this salt lands on your skin it can help prevent bacteria from growing and causing acne outbreaks or itchiness.
However, you need more than just one lamp if you want to improve your skin. If skin health is a big issue we recommend you get a salt lamp and also a salt soap bar to go hand in hand, that’s a sure-fire combo.
Not all claims about salt lamps are real
Apart from the above application, there are a bunch of unconfirmed claims that salt lamps can cure cancer, or it improves blood circulation in the body. These claims are not supported and should be taken with a grain of salt!
However, it’s a great item to have in your home. The key, however, is to have multiple lamps placed throughout your room because that’s when you get the most benefits from them.