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Detox the Air with Himalayan Salt Lamps

Himalayan salt crystals have been around for literally millions of years. The salt crystal lamps that you see today are chunks of salt crystal rock that has been preserved for centuries and mined from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains.

Not only are these ancient crystals totally chic, but they have a heap of health benefits that are just too amazing to ignore.

If you’re looking to create a healthy and natural home environment, you should really add one of these bad boys to your décor. The benefits of the salt crystals aren’t hokus pokus or some kind of magic, it’s legit and backed by scientific studies. Real doctors recognize the health benefits of Himalayan salt lamps.

These salt crystals will make you feel better, work better, sleep better, and breath better. They really are the whole package!


Reap the Benefits:

Cleaner Air

Salt lamps have the ability to clean and deodorize the air, removing things like cigarette smoke, dust, pollen and other pollutants. They do this through the power of hygroscopy, which basically means that salt attracts water molecules in the air along with any particles they may be carrying and absorb them into the crystal.

Then, as the lamp heats up from the light inside, the water evaporates, sending those water molecules back into the air, but trapping anything that may have been tagging along like dust, pollen or smoke.

Related: House Plants that Purify the Air

Works on Allergies {and Asthma}

Because of their ability to purify the air of allergens such as dust, pollen, mold, mildew, and pet dander, naturally they are great for anyone who has allergies or asthma. If the lamp is placed in the areas most used in your home, allergy and asthma sufferers should notice a difference in just a week or two.

These salt lamps work so well with asthma sufferers that they even make Himalayan salt inhalers! This is the real deal people.

Better Moods and More Energy

To explain how this works or why it’s important, let’s just do a quick chemistry refresher.

All matter (everything from our bodies, water, the device that you’re reading this on) is made up of molecules which are made up of atoms which can either be protons (positively charged), electrons (negatively charged) or neutrons (neutral charge).

Negatively charged ions can be found in nature and are known for having positive effects on our bodies and minds. How do you feel when you’re by the ocean? Surrounded by trees? Along a river or waterfall? Or how do you feel when you simply open a window and let a breeze in?

Better, right?

Well, you can thank negative ions for that. Now, positive ions are the exact opposite. Some examples of where you can find positive ions are coming from your television, computer, microwave, cellphone, and even your vacuum.

Positive ions have the opposite effect on our bodies and minds. Over exposure can lead to a whole host of ailments including insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, and irritability.

When the salt crystal heats up, it attracts these positive ions in the air and absorbs them into the crystal. Now, if you recall from chemistry class, salt is made up of sodium and chloride. Sodium is a positive ion, and chloride is negative, which means together they are neutral.

So the salt lamp absorbs the positive ions from the environment and emits neutral ions, cleansing the air. These salt crystal lamps also emit a small amount of negative ions, the bigger the crystal, the more it emits (this is why it’s important to choose the correct size of crystal for your space, I’ll go over that too).

They can make a huge impact on the overall atmosphere of your home, lifting your mood, improving your concentration, and boosting your energy by neutralizing those pesky positive ions and releasing negative ions into the air.

More Restful Sleep

There are a ton of negative effects of positive ions, one being that they can cause a restless sleep. These positive ions can actually reduce blood and oxygen supply to the brain, causing irregular sleep patterns.

It’s a good idea to keep a salt lamp next to your bed to kick those positive ions in the butt! If you have a hard time sleeping with the lamp on, you could always keep it on during the day allowing it to work it’s magic, then shut it off at night so you can fall asleep easier.

Beat the SADs

SADs is a type of depression that is caused by seasonal changes. When the days get shorter and our exposure to the sun becomes less, some people experience mood changes, low energy, irritability, low concentration and more.

These symptoms can be mild or quite difficult to ignore. The salt crystal’s warm glow is similar to sunshine and can aid in those feelings of depression. And for those who just suffer from the “winter blues” it’s nice to have something uplifting in those cold, dark months.

Protects You From Your Devices

The electromagnetic field (EMF) is something that occurs naturally from the electromagnetic belt that surrounds the earth. All living things rely on the EMF vibration, known as the Schuman resonance frequency.

This states that the average frequency of the earth is 7.83 Hz (cycles) per second. Electronics found in most homes such as a television or computer radiate about 100-160 Hz. Being exposed to high levels of EMF can lead to some pretty serious health problems.

Recent studies have linked exposure to high levels of EMF to increased risk of cancer, miscarriage, birth defects, suicide and Alzheimer’s disease. It’s also known to decrease production of enzymes called “protein kinases” in human lymphocyte cells which in turn suppresses the immune system.

The salt crystal exhibits an EMF of 8-10 Hz. Therefore reinforcing the earth’s and our body’s natural resonant frequency which helps battle the higher EMF of our electronics.

Sizing and Placement

Himalayan salt crystals make a beautiful addition to your home décor, will last forever with proper care and with so many health benefits, there’s no reason not to make one your next decorative piece! But before you hit ‘purchase’, consider the size.

On average a crystal lamp will purify the air by the ratio of 1:16, one pound of salt crystal for every 16 square feet (4’ x 4’ area). If you can’t find a lamp big enough for an area you could always have more than one in the space, which might also be a cheaper way to go.

A smaller 4.5-6.5 lb lamp would be great for a bedroom, and a larger 9-13 lb lamp would be great for a living room or kitchen. If you have an open concept home, you may think about getting an even larger lamp, or if you just need one for your office space, a small desk size lamp would be perfect.

When finding the perfect home for your new salt crystal, try to avoid places that your crystal could come into contact with steam, like by the dishwasher or shower. The salt crystal will start to melt with constant exposure to steam or humidity (this also applies if you live in a very humid region).

FYI: Replacement bulbs were a bit of a pain to find online, so here’s the link to the ones I bought off amazon.

Choosing a Style

Himalayan salt crystals come in a few different colors and shapes. The most common color is pink, but there are also white and grey crystals. The white and grey are more rare and therefore, more expensive, but if it fits your décor better, why not?! I’m obsessed with the white!

Salt Crystal lamps can come in the rough, natural shape (as seen in the photos) or can be carved into geometric shapes, I’ve seen round and even pyramid style.

And lastly, handle with care! The salt crystals are very fragile, and if they are dropped or knocked over, they could chip or break. You want your crystal to last, so keep it out of harms way!

Now, how friggen stoked are you about Himalayan salt crystals?!?! I’m beyond! I’ve already started my collection of chic white crystals and there’s no looking back! Let me know what you think!



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  • Reply
    March 28, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I just stumbled upon your blog while researching non-toxic baby items and I cannot wait to read ALL THE THINGS. I have been a fan of Himalayan salt lamps for a few years now (I own two), but to be honest don’t care for the pink color. Totally does not vibe with my decor but I came to terms with it because of the health benefits. I had NO idea they came in other colors! We will be moving soon and when we do I am definitely going to pick up some whites and grays! thanks for the info.

    • Reply
      March 28, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      Thank you Lauren 🙂 Yes, I feel ya, I’m not really into the pink either, whites and greys are where it’s at! Thank you so much for the comment! See you around 🙂

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