One of the biggest things when buying a salt lamp for the first time is deciding on which size should go for, and also what are the health benefits from having one.
The are many studies out there which claim they help in so many ways. In this article we are going to talk about what those benefits are, where the salt originates from and the overall pros and cons of owning a salt lamp.
What is a salt lamp?
A salt lamp is made of a large block of pure himalayan rock salt crystals, which are sourced from the Khewra Salt Mines in Pakistan. This block of salt is then carved and shaped to a design, with a whole cut out the centre to make space for the light bulb. The carved salt would then normally be mounted to a wooden decorative stand.
How do Salt Lamps Work?
Salt lamps are proven to release negative ions into the air. The idea being that these negative ions make us feel good, while positive ions in the air make us feel bad.
So, the idea of having more negative ions circulating around in your home, is much better for us.
The salt lamp bulb inside the lamp is a halogen bulb and warms up slightly which helps to ionise the air surrounding it. One negative point to make hear is because the bulb is halogen, they do not last as long as an LED bulb (therefore you will need to replace this regular depending on how much you use your lamp). There are a lot of companies out there selling eco LED bulbs for salt lamps, however these do not work correctly since LED bulbs do not heat up like halogen. The bulb has to heat up in order to get the benefits from the lamp. When the salt is warmed, it takes the positive ions out of the air and releases negative ions instead.
What are the benefits of owning a Salt Lamp?
Some people say that there are many health benefits from owning a himalayan salt lamp, we have put together our top ten reasons to own a salt lamp –
- Salt Lamps Cleanse & Deodorize the Air.
- May Reduce Allergy & Asthma Symptoms.
- Can Ease Coughing.
- Increase Your Energy Levels.
- Neutralize Electromagnetic Radiation.
- Improving Your Sleep.
- May Improve Mood & Concentration.
- Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder.
- Reduce Static Electricity in the Air.
- Eco-Friendly Light Source
Where should I put my salt lamp?
Now we have uncovered what a salt lamp is and what it’s benefits are, now we go into where you should put your salt lamp in order to get the most from it.
The first thing to take into account is how big is your lamp and what area coverage you will get. Coverage is determined by the size of the crystal. Smaller lamps are great for the average bedroom, while larger lamps are better for spaces like the living room or conservatory. Roughlly on average, calculate that 0.45 kg of salt crystal will cleanse the air of approximately a 4′ x 4′ area.
You can find various salt lamps in various sizes, however remember that you can use multiple salt lamps spread out around the space to get the same effect.
We recommend building up a collection of these beautiful lights and candle holders in different areas of your home. Start of by purchasing lamps for areas where you spend the most time, then move on to rooms with lots of electrical devices, and then finish off your collection by adding salt lamps to infrequently-used spaces.
One thing to remember is that Himalayan pink salt crystals will begin to melt with prolonged exposure to high humidity. So for this reason we highly recommend that you stay away from placing your lamps near sources of steam such as showes, tumbledryers, and dishwashers.
Also, the results of negative ion generation in your home may take about a week or two to be noticeable, so don’t give up if you don’t feel the any improvements straight away.
Where can I buy a salt lamp?
We recommend salt lamps for many reasons, we love the warm, relaxing glow and extremely soothing atmosphere they give to any room in the house.