One of my most used Christmas presents I received this year is my Himalayan salt lamp. There are a lot of health claims out there regarding salt lamps, but not many scientific studies to clearly determine what’s accurate and what’s not. The main basis for these health benefit claims is that the salt lamps produce negative ions. Salt, all on its own, absorbs water in the air including the dirt and pollen within the water vapor. With the addition of the heat from a candle or bulb the water evaporates and negative ions are emitted. Here are the benefits of negative ions and what this means for salt lamps.
Positive vs Negative Ions
Ions are molecules which have either gained (negative) or lost (positive) an electron or electrical charge. While both are everywhere, positive ions come from electronic devices such as cell phones, computers, or televisions, as well as lightning storms. Negative ions are found exponentially more in nature, particularly in places with moving water like waterfalls or beaches.
Positive ions are proven to have negative effects on our health. Negative ions, at the least, cancel out the positive ions and thus counteract their detrimental effects. It is believed that negative ions may have their own additional benefits as well.
Potential Health Benefits of Negative Ions
Exposure to negative ions has been shown to:
-increase alertness and mental energy
-decrease germs in the area and thus reducing sneezing, coughing, and other throat irritation
-increase serotonin production which helps treat stress, migraines, insomnia, and depression
-improve ciliary activity which helps treat conditions of asthma and bronchitis
-reduce stress and increase recovery from stress
-kill airborne bacteria
There is still debate, however, regarding whether or not a salt lamp emits enough negative ions to make a difference. You can find a vast amount of anecdotal evidence from people who have experienced improved health after using a Himalayan salt lamp. Whether this is true or a placebo effect or correlation, I don’t know. Regardless of it’s proven effects, I enjoy my lamp. I love the way it looks and, at the very least, the warm amber glow it emits benefits my soul.
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Have you used a Himilayan salt lamp? What are your thoughts?