Do Himalayan Salt Lamps Really Work?
By Randi Morse
My neighbor went on vacation this week and while she was gone asked me to pop in occasionally and check on her cat. When I did this last night I noticed something in her home that I had never seen before: a Himalayan salt lamp. These lamps have been popping up everywhere for the past few years with people claiming that they have amazing health benefits attached to them. But what, exactly, is a Himalayan salt lamp, and will adding one to your home truly be beneficial to your health?
What Is It?
Himalayan salt lamps are, at their most basic, a chunk of rock salt that is mined from somewhere in the Himalayas, most often Pakistan. The salt is then hollowed-out and a heating element or light bulb is placed in it making it emit a soft, very pretty red glow. Now, if people were just using these salt lamps for decoration, there would be no controversy attached to them. They are definitely a stunning addition to any room and give off a nice mellow glow that is perfect for evening hours. The problem is that manufacturers make some big claims about how Himalayan salt lamps can help better your life.
What It's Supposed to Do
Companies that sell Himalayan salt lamps make all sorts of claims that include saying that the lamps can help reduce symptoms of mood disorders, such as depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), that they can help oxygenate the brain, and that they can clear the air in your home. Those who believe these claims think that the Himalayan salt lamps generate negative ions while also attracting pollutants and allergens from the air.
What They Really Do
If you have bought a Himalayan salt lamp because you believe that it will positively affect your health, you may have wasted your money. There have been no studies that have proven that Himalayan salt lamps have any sort of definitive effect on the human body. Is it possible that Himalayan salt lamps can help people who suffer from mood disorders like depression? Unfortunately, the only benefit would be psychosomatic as, again, there is zero proof that these lamps provide any definitive change in mood disorders.
This doesn't mean that you shouldn't buy a Himalayan salt lamp. If you think they are pretty and you enjoy the ambient light they provide, go ahead and buy one! Just don't purchase one if you are doing so because you believe it's beneficial for your health.
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