5 Himalayan Salt Lamp Facts You Probably Haven’t Heard
Himalayan Salt Lamps have been gaining popularity over the last few years. However, a lot of hype is floating around with claims that are at times exaggerated about salt lamp benefits. Here are 5 salt lamps facts you probably haven’t heard:
1. Negative Ions May be different
Himalayan salt lamps are often purchased for the purpose of the negative ions they release. According to Columbia Psychiatry, the negative ions emitted by salt lamps are not the same as the negative air ions that have been tested and shown to create health enhancing benefits.
2. Negative Ion Output is Very Low
Ion depletion is the source of a wide range of human health problems, both mental and physical. However, salt lamps release a very minimal amount of negative ions. A negative ion generator would be more effective when looking for an indoor source of negative ions.
3. Allergy and Asthma Symptoms Relieved
Himalayan salt lamps may improve the air by removing microscopic particles that often trigger allergy and asthma symptoms. This is due to them having hygroscopic properties, (attracts and holds liquid and water molecules in the air)
4. Thousands Have Been Recalled
Himalayan salt lamps sold at Michael’s stores from July 2016 through November 2016 for between $15 and $30 have been recalled. Not because of the salt itself, but because they are a potential fire hazard. This recall involves three rock salt lamps sold under the Lumière brand. The lamps can be returned to any Michael’s store for a full refund.
5. Himalayan Salt Caves are Gaining Popularity
Halotherapry (Halo is Greek for “salt”) or salt therapy, has recently become a sensation in the USA. Salt caves have been around for centuries and used by monks to treat respiratory ailment. The salt vapor is used to treat respiratory ailments, skin irritations (namely eczema and psoriasis), and as a way to calm stress. Sessions typically last around 45 minutes to just sit, relax and breathe in the salt cave air.
If nothing else, the light of a salt lamp creates a warm ambiance. Salt lamps offer a peaceful glow and help counteract the disturbances caused by blue lights.
- Terman, Michael. “Question: Are Himalayan Crystal Rock Salt Lamps Good for Your Health?“Columbia Psychiatry. Columbia University, 2010. Web. 30 Mar. 2017.
- “Michaels Recalls Rock Salt Lamps Due to Shock and Fire Hazards.” U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. N.p., 10 Jan. 2017. Web. 30 Mar. 2017.
- “Positive Ions versus Negative Ions.” Positive Ions versus Negative Ions. EMR Labs LLC, 2011. Web. 30 Mar. 2017.
- “What Is Halotherapy?” Saltroom by Polar Health. Saltroom by Polar Health, n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2017.
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