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Himalayan Salt Lamps: Hippy-Dippy Woo Woo or Do They Really Work?

Himalayan Salt Lamps: Hippy-Dippy Woo Woo or Do They Really Work?

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With the growing trend of natural healing in society, you have probably heard about or seen a Himalayan Salt Lamp. Unless you have been living under a rock, of course, no pun intended. They are popping up everywhere, including major department store retailers. With the growing fascination comes some fantastical and questionable claims associated with them.

What I haven’t questioned is that I actually feel better with them dispersed throughout my home. That would explain why I own ten—ranging in size and weight from 5 to 100 pounds.

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Himalayan Salt Lamps Provide More Than Just Beauty to Your Home

The pinkish-orange color all aglow and natural crystal shape is certainly aesthetically pleasing. They provide beauty to any home but they also afford us with so much more than just good looks—the ability to improve our wellbeing.

If you are seeking to achieve the feeling of relaxation, Himalayan Salt Lamps provide soothing lighting that create a tranquil vibe. Their essence can certainly transform a room. Due to their calming color they are able to set the tone and change your mood (mood lighting).

For this reason salt lamps have been used as a form of color therapy by practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine to treat mental and stress disorders such as headaches (migraine) and insomnia.

According to Massachusetts Institute of Technology nutritionist Richard J. Wurtman, research has shown that individual colors influence respiration rates, blood pressure, along with biorhythms and brain activity. Due to these findings, color is used as a treatment for a wide-range of illness and disease.

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What is a Himalayan Salt Lamp?

Genuine Himalayan Salt Lamps are hand chiseled solid blocks of crystallized salt. Inside the hollowed out middle is a small light bulb. The heat and light generated from the bulb are said to be necessary to receive the benefits from the lamp.

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How do Himalayan Salt Lamps Work?

Himalayan salt lamps purify air through the power of hygroscopy, a claim which has scientific merit. This means that they attract water molecules from the surrounding environment, then absorb those molecules along with any foreign particles into the salt crystal. From the heat produced by the lightbulb, the same water then evaporates back into the air. The trapped particles such as dust, pollen, mold, mildew, pet dander, smoke, bacteria and viruses remain on the salt. They will not become airborne again.

Once a month it is a good idea to turn off your lamp. Let it cool and gently wipe it with a damp cloth to clean away trapped particles. Otherwise, leave your lamp on and let it work.

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Himalayan Salt Lamps Reduce Electromagnetic Radiation

We are living in an electronic age. As such we are inundated with ‘electrosmog’ generated by our large televisions, computers, cell phones, microwaves and other appliances.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that electronic smog is “one of the most common and fastest growing environmental influences” and references the International Agency for Research on Cancer as classifying electromagnetic fields produced by cell phones as possibly carcinogenic to humans.

Constant and long-term electromagnetic (EM) radiation exposure can cause chronic fatigue, increased stress levels and decreases the body’s immune response.

Our homes are filled with positively charged ions. To reduce the potential danger from our electrical devices, we suggest close proximity placement of a Himalayan Salt Lamp to your electronic equipment.

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Are Himalayan Salt Lamps New Age Nonsense or Beneficial to Health?

If you are considering purchasing a Himalayan Salt Lamp, I encourage you to seek out a trusted or verified retailer. There are many substitutes (fakes) on the market. These pseudo lamps will not provide the same benefits. You want pure, food grade Himalayan salt.

I also want to make it perfectly clear that Himalayan Salt Lamps are not New Age nonsense. There have been many claims to their usage in connection with health benefits. Some of the claims may have merit but these benefits still require research and scientific substantiated documentation as to their effectiveness.

Having said that, there is no disputing that buying multiple Himalayan salt lamps and placing them strategically within your dwelling is like bringing a bit of nature indoors.

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You can relate this to the practice of Grounding/Earthing. You go outside to balance your being with that of Mother Nature. To absorb the negative ions of the Earth and release the build up of positive ions. The longer you stay outside, the better you feel.

The same principle applies with Himalayan Salt Lamps. If you are expecting miraculous and massive amounts of improvement to your well-being by the purchase of just one lamp placed obscurely that you seldom turn on, well then, sorry.

These lamps offer a limited amount of benefit and a limited range of emittance. So, the more you have in any one room, the better.

Until science catches up with supporting evidence, the full range of benefits remain to be seen. What we know for sure is that if nothing else, they provide a statement of beauty to any room and radiate a ubiquitous sense of peace.

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So is it Hippy-Dippy Woo Woo or Not?

The best way to find out is to try it for yourself and see what they do for you. I love them but if you are not happy, you can send them my way.

About the Author

Kaylee is a co-founder of Good JuJu For You. She has been mindfully aware of and practicing her psychic abilities since she was a child. Led by her spirit guides, Kaylee has obtained a vast wealth of knowledge and experience with the ethereal realm and alternative modalities of energy healing.

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    1. I can understand that. Do you turn it off when you leave home? We haven’t had a problem with ours since they are low voltage.

  1. When I first got it years ago, I was leaving it on…. Then I kinda became uncomfortable leaving it in all the time, so I started turning it on and off. Then Bc it wasn’t heating up as much, I thought it wasn’t getting the full benefit of the light. Eventually I stopped using it. Also, it’s invisible… So it’s not something that is tangible to really realize if there truly are benefits.

    1. Just because science has yet to demonstrate its full range of benefits doesn’t mean they don’t exist. I think of it like Wi-Fi. It is invisible but it causes waves in the air, which have the effect of providing internet. Personally I think there is more going on at the molecular and atomic level with the salt lamps but we just don’t have the data to support it.

      1. Exactly. Wifi we know works. After all, you and I are chatting. 😎
        I didn’t even feel a difference in energy in the room. It didn’t feel clearer.. Or heavy. Anything. Ya know how you walk in a room and you “feel”. I never experienced anything different. Not that it’s supposed to but if I had. I would have used more effort.

      1. I bought one for my bedroom, I have a large one in living room – they really works the same way as the Ocean. Ionic i·on·ic īˈänik adjective of, relating to, or using ions. (of a chemical bond) formed by the electrostatic attraction of oppositely charged ions.

  2. Great article! I have one and anyone not wanting theirs, can also send it my way.
    I love mine and yes, it does make a difference.
    So funny! Licking it and having it run all over the dresser, lol…
    They are not made to be French kissed!
    Too funny…
    Blessings

  3. I use to have one and it greatly improved my severe asthma and chronic bronchitis. Would love to have one again but they are so expensive.

    1. Bath and beyond Has them for $20 and if you have a coupon you get it for 15 there are 5 pounds I have two of them one in my bedroom I keep on all night and one in my living room I love them they’re beautiful the one in my bedroom looks pink one in the living room orange

  4. I have two , one in my bedroom and one in my lounge , which stay on 24/7 , I didn’t realise about wiping them monthly , I will also purchase more , I love their colour and the health benefits .

  5. It would be very helpful if you could/would share with me your thoughts on the best way to heal/treat COPD. I will be forced to do something I would consider radical because I have come to the place where I am always out of breath I consider anything that is mainstream Western medicine to be radical. I would appreciate any help you can give me on this

    1. Teresa,

      As our disclaimer states, we are not licensed medical doctors. If you have been diagnosed with COPD by a physician then you should follow your physician’s protocol. But, we are not opposed to trying alternatives such as the Himalayan salt lamp in conjunction with traditional medical care but not as a replacement for it.

      We are sending you are love and light.

      Blessings,
      Kaylee and Kamaira

  6. I never thought to purchase these. Perhaps a few for my Georgia house would be perfect for the staging effect, as I will be selling the house. (Gives me a reason to purchase and use later. )

    😉

    Hugs

  7. I❤️ The salt lamps and thay are sooo Beautiful to look at relaxing and they look they look beautiful everywhere Which one is better the orange or the pink does it make a difference ?

    1. Evelyn,
      Some have more of an orange color. Some appear to have more of a pink shade.
      Purchase according to personal preference. Whichever one you are drawn to, that makes the difference.
      Blessings,
      Kaylee

      1. when you wrote you said ” personally i think there is more going on at the molecular & atomic level with the salt lamps but we just don’t have the data to support it. do you think or know if there is any spiritual connection to these lamps?

  8. I love mine. My son and his girl friend gave it to me when I visited them in Santa Barbara. We had a wonderful evening in the Salt Caves meditating. Try visiting the Salt Caves on line, http://www.saltcavesb.com. You will recognize one of the pictures in this article. Yes, even the ceiling is filled with Himalayan Salt. Enjoy

  9. I feel there’s definitely health benefits, but the effects don’t manifest immediately. I’ve written what I think has helped me to get the most out of these lamps, and also other uses of Himalayan salt on my blog.

  10. This bollocks shows no benefits. There is no scientific evidence for it’s positive ions doing anything like clearing away “electric smog”. Electric smog? More like Electric Boogaloo to me! Also, this salt is from a mine in the Punjab region of Pakistan called the Khewra Salt Mine, 160 MILES AWAY FROM the Himalayas. So you aren’t even locationally accurate

    1. Hi Odessa,

      Thank you for your comment. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), electronic smog is “one of the most common and fastest growing environmental influences.”

      There have been many claims to the health benefits of using Himalayan salt lamps. Some of the claims may have merit but these benefits still require research and scientific substantiated documentation as to their effectiveness.

      The Punjab region of Pakistan is located rather close to the base of the Himalayan Mountains and since it is the closest significant natural landmark, I assume that is the origin of the name.

      Sincerely,
      Kamaira

  11. I have 3 lamps, one in the bedroom, one in the living room and one in the kitchen. I never turn them off. My newest one in the kitchen is a bowl with chunks of salt in the bowl, it is beautiful. I love them and for me they are warm and soothing. I guess you have to believe they are doing what they”re supposed to be doing. Just enjoy them.

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