We’ve all seen those pretty pink Himalayan salt lamps in health food stores or online. The salt crystals have an off-white to transparent color while impurities in some veins of salt give it a pink, reddish, or beef red color. The reddish color is due to the presence of elements in polyhalite and trace minerals. Okay, but what benefits do theses lamps offer and where do they come from?
Himalayan pink salt is an extremely pure, hand-mined salt that comes from ancient sea salt deposits in the Punjab region of Pakistan. It’s mined at the Khewra Salt Mine in Khewra, Jhelum District, Punjab, which is situated in the foothills of the Salt Range hill system in the Punjab province of the Indo-Gangetic Plain. It is located approximately 310 kilometers from the Himalayas. It’s believed to be the purest form of salt available. As a pink salt, Himalayan salt is rich in iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and copper. All these nutrients are actually what give Himalayan salt its pretty pink color
Since the beginning of recorded history, the beneficial properties of salt have been well known and documented. Early civilizations greatly valued salt, and used it as a trading currency as well as a preservative for food. People rest and rejuvenate in salt mines and caves, today they’d go to spas, for periods of time to help aid their mood and overall sense of calm.
People travel from all over the world to visit salt mines like the ones found in the Himalayas, Austria, and Germany. In Germany, the hot salt springs are so revered, companies often send overworked employees there to rejuvenate. I’ve been to Germany several times and they have an abundance of health resorts and spas that use the power of salt water, minerals, and mud to alleviate complaints. But they’re pricey so looking for home alternatives is best.
Why are the salt mines so beneficial? The very dry, negative ion environment of a salt mine is key. Even if you’re not able to travel to Asia or Europe to take advantage of salt mines, you can still take advantage of these negative ions to help improve the air you breathe. The solution is having pure Himalayan crystal salt and salt lamps in your home.
How do the lamps work? Water vapor is always circulating in the air of any room of your house, and this vapor carries with it allergens like dust, pollen, pet dander, smoke particles, and even bacteria and viruses.
Salt absorbs moisture from the air. A large block of rock salt, like a Himalayan salt lamp, is especially attractive to water vapor and its pollutants. Once attracted to the salt lamp, these microscopic compounds remain on the salt instead of floating in the air where you can breathe them in.
As Himalayan salt lamps slowly become saturated with water vapor they attract from the air around them, the heat, from the lamp inside or beneath, dries them, thus continuing the hygroscopic effect for as long as the light is on. This heat also re-releases water vapor back into the air. Importantly, any airborne contaminants attracted to the salt lamp remain trapped there and will not become airborne again. Occasionally, perhaps every few weeks, it’s good to turn off your salt lamp for an hour, let it cool and then gently rub it with a damp cloth to clean away trapped dust and particles. The rest of the time just leave it on and let it work to clean their air in your room.
Benefits of Himalayan Salt
* Cleans and deodorizes the air
* Neutralizes EMF’s
* Reduces static electricity in the air
* Eases coughing
* Easier to sleep at night
* Improving breathing problems and reducing allergies
* Fewer colds and flu (due to less airborne viruses)
* Increased relaxation and calmness and less stress
* Fewer headaches and migraines
* Improved mood and ability to concentrate and work for longer periods
* Reduced symptoms from disorders like rheumatism and arthritis
* Environmentally friendly light source
* Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory
Be Warned! Not all Himalayan Salt Lamps are real! So what are the signs to look out for fake ones?
*Highly durable. Himalayan salt lamps genetically fragile so you need to be careful not to bang or drop your lamp. If your lamp is sturdy and durable, you’ve most likely got an imposter.
*Very bright light. Your lamp should not be emitting a brilliant light. If yours does, then it’s most likely not the real deal. Due to its high content of numerous minerals, a Himalayan salt lamp gives off light in an irregular and obscure manner. A true salt lamp does not give off enough light to completely illuminate a room.
*Cheap white crystal. Real Himalayan salt lamps will give off a warm pinkish or orange hue. Although there are white Himalayan salt lamps, they’re extremely rare and pricier than the colored ones. If you chance upon a white salt crystal lamp that’s not substantially more expensive than the pink/orange versions, avoid them.
*No mention of Pakistan. Deep underground mines in Khewra, Pakistan, are the only source of true Himalayan pink salt. If you’re questioning whether you have a real Himalayan salt lamp, look for mention of Pakistan as the salt crystal’s country of origin. If you’re not sure, ask before you make any purchases.
*Good return policy. Genuine Himalayan lamps are fragile, so it’s very possible they will be damaged during shipping. If they manufacturer is strict about returning the lamp, then your alarm bells should be ringing.
*Not experiencing any benefits. If you bought the right sized salt lamp for your space, and have been exposed to it on a regular basis and don’t see any positive effects whatsoever, then you may not have a real Himalayan salt lamp.
A genuine Himalayan salt lamp will have positive effects on you and your health. It not only purifies the air, it’s also advantageous for certain health conditions. They’re pretty, decorative and give off a sense of wellness.