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What is a Himalayan Salt Lamp?

Image of 2 himalayan salt lamps of different sizes on a dresser lighting a dark room

Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamps are very attractive for the home or office. And more interestingly, they are said to have many health benefits, including cleansing the air help keep negative particles in the

environment from reaching your lungs.

Real Himalayan Salt Lamps are hand-chiseled pieces of crystal salt often in a pink, orange, or pinkish-orange color due to their concentration in minerals. The inside of these crystal lamps are hollowed out so that its user can place a light bulb to generate light and heat. The light and heat are what generate Himalayan Salt Lamp’s reported benefits.

How Do Himalayan Salt Lamps Work?

Salt is naturally hygroscopic in nature as it attracts molecules from the surrounding air. Himalayan Salt Lamps attract water molecules from the surrounding environment and then absorbs these molecules via the process of hygroscopy along with any other foreign particles the

molecules may carry, such as dust, dirt, smoke, pollen, etc. and the positive ions they carry.

As the lamp is warmed by the heat from the light bulb inside, this same water evaporates back into the air and the foreign particles and positive ions remain trapped in the salt.

The heated salt then releases the clean water vapor, dispersing negative ions into the air, which have a positive effect on the body and lungs, due to the now cleaner air in the environment.

Some Reported Benefits to Himalayan Salt Lamps

  • Improves mood and concentration (good for your desk at work-especially if you work at the computer for extended time periods)

  • Improves air quality (cleanses & deodorizes)

  • Reduces symptoms related to allergies, asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory diseases

  • Eases coughing

  • Reduces feelings of insomnia (better sleep)

  • Reduces feelings of fatigue (increases energy level)

  • Environmental friendly light source

  • Reduces symptoms from rheumatisms and arthritis

  • Relieves migraines and headaches

How to Care for My Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp?

First, never submerge your Himalayan Salt Lamp in water or store it in humid areas.

It is not required, but you may keep your Himalayan Salt Lamp on for extended periods of time as the heat prevents the salt from sweating.

To clean your Himalayan Salt Lamp, turn the switch off and wipe the lamp with a clean, damp cloth.

If your Himalayan Salt Lamp gets wet, leave it sunlight for at least 4 hours, then once it dries, brush off any excess of salt crystals.

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