All sorts of claims have been made for Himalayan pink salt lamps, a popular type of negative ion generator. Purifying the air and preventing cancer are only two of many properties of these pink salt lamps.
Ionizing devices are getting trendy these days, which seemingly boost health by releasing negatively-charged particles into the air.
As is often the case with new technology, Japan has been leading the way. Health fears from the SARS pandemic and the Fukushima nuclear disaster have led to a boom in the popularity of negative-ion generators, believed to purify the air.
With their pinkish-orange color and and natural crystal shape, the lamps certainly look attractive: but will they make you healthier? Let’s get to the nitty gritty.
Attributed Himalayan Salt Lamp Benefits:
Advocates of Himalayan pink salt lamps (HPS lamps) claim that the negative salt ions released by heating can boost blood flow, improve sleep, increase levels of serotonin in the brain, and calm allergy or asthma symptoms.
These negative ions are said to neutralize electromagnetic radiation from household electronics, and even prevent the build-up of static electricity.
Work Mechanism of Himalayan Salt Lamps:
Salt is hygroscopic, so the lamps attract water molecules from the air; this means the lamps trap dirt, pollen, and smoke particles which are carried in water vapor.
Once these airborne contaminants have been locked in the salt, clean water is re-released and thus it has a purifying effect on the air.
Benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps:
1. Neutralizing Electromagnetic Radiation
We are surrounded by positive ions from electromagnetic fields generated by computers, mobile phones, and other electronic devices which can impair brain function and suppress the immune system causing symptoms such as; anxiety, breathing difficulty, fatigue, headaches, irritability, lack of energy, poor concentration and mental performance, nausea, vertigo, and increased levels of the hormone serotonin. While on the other hand, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.
In short negative ions will certainly cancel out positive ions, however to what extent Himalayan salt lamps emit negative ions into the air remains to be seen.
So why not keep one next to your computer or TV if it can potentially reduce harmful side effects of our gadget-focused lifestyle.
2. Air Purifiers:
Fans of Himalayan salt lamps claims that the core benefits of these lamps are “their incredible power to remove pollen, dust, cigarette smoke and other contaminants from the air”
Salt lamps attract moisture from the air to the lamp surface, where, due to the warmth, the water evaporates quickly. The evaporation produces negative ions. Pollen, dust, dirt, pollutants, and allergens in the air all carry a positive charge, and that is how they can be suspended in the air.
It is absolutely true that the salt lamps are hygroscopic: they do absorb water vapor from the air. Salt in the air has long been seen as a health booster, and sea air has been proven to help clear the airways.
There are ample scientific evidence of the health benefits of breathing salty air. There are ‘salt spas’ around Europe, UK, USA and other countries which people visit for help with their respiratory problems, these are rooms lined with blocks of salt like mosaic tiling.
3. Asthma Treatment:
The fact that special Himalayan Salt Inhaler exist, and that they seem to have tremendous beneficial effects on asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory ailments rules in favor of the exotic salt.
HPS lamps are said to filter microscopic mold, mildew, dust, and pet dander particles from indoor air. People swear that adding one or two lamps to their room helped alleviate allergy symptoms tremendously. Even asthma sufferers claim to benefit from HPS lamps.
Others think that a saline nasal spray will have a more immediate effect if you’re hoping to clear your airways with salt.
4. Improved Breathing:
Studies show that more negative ions in the air means your lungs are kept cleaner from foreign particles. So theoretically, a HPS lamp helps you filter the air you breathe in and keep your lungs clean.
5. Increase Energy Level:
One of the boldest claims. Because positive ions gradually weakens energy of your body, HPS lamps can make you more energetic. Often the link between being out in nature (where negative ions are abundant) and feeling motivated is attributed to these lamps too.
6. Help You Sleep Better:
Another popular claim is that the Himalayan pink salt lamps help you sleep better. The theory is that over-exposure to positive ions in the air lead to a reduction of blood and oxygen supply to the brain resulting in irregular sleep patterns.
Try Royal Himalayan Salt’s special heart shape night salt lamp which has been prepared for our aesthetic customers.
Science-backed health benefits or not, 4 reasons to get a pink salt lamp anyway
Even though Himalayan pink salt lamp health benefits aren’t fully supported by modern science, there are indications these lamps may enhance your well-being.
The healing effects of negative ions have been well-studied. Claims for Himalayan salt lamps are unproven, but are based on plausible science. Salt in the air really does help breathing problems, and negative ions really are linked to better moods.
The jury’s out on whether the lamps are powerful enough to actually deliver these benefits, though lots of people claim that they feel noticeably better since they started using Himalayan pink salt lamps.
1. What if they work
Why not try one out next time you’re looking for a side light? They’re not yet proven effective, but they have battalion of admirers, and are affordable enough that you can try one without major investment. Just that modern, Western science hasn’t proven its merits yet doesn’t have to mean you can’t benefit from these gadgets.
You wouldn’t be the only one who swears it improves their quality of life. Perhaps it may even be the placebo effect. But then again, the placebo effect works, and that’s all that matters right?
We do surround ourselves with electronics from the moment we wake up till the minute we go to sleep. The positively charged ions these devices emit do not aid our health, that’s a fact. Pink Himalayan salt lamp, if, can help a little bit in reducing this environmental stress, it will be a welcome addition to the household. Negative ions are not the only benefit of pink salt lamps though, they do look great on your coffee table.
2. They look awesome:
These eye-pleasing decorative lamps are conversation starters. If anything, these lamps are a symbol for natural living. For going back to archaic values, for a life lived in touch with nature and our core existence.
They suit any decor, cast a flattering pink light, and cost no more than any other table light. They’re certainly more attractive than a negative ion generator, and free from side-effects.
If your Himalayan salt lamp helps your breathing or improves your mood, that’s fantastic; if you experience no benefits, then you’ve still got a stylish lamp for on your coffee table.
3. Perfect for late evening use:
The less blue colored artificial light you are exposed to the hours before bedtime the better you sleep. Amber colored lamps which simulates sunset light waves and doesn’t interfere with your circadian rhythm help prevent sleeping problems.
Turn off your, with sleep interfering, normal colored lamps and switch on your amber colored HPS lamp to be gradually guided into sound slumber. And this is a proven benefit.
4. We thrive on looking at the beautiful things:
There’s also the science-backed benefit of looking to pretty things. Looking at eye-pleasing things soothes us. The sight of an attractive item can trigger the part of the motor cerebellum that governs hand movement, brain scan studies show. In other words, we instinctively reach out for attractive things; beauty literally moves us.
We assure you that you will get ready to move after having a look at our complete collection of splendid pieces of pink Himalayan salt lamp here.
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