Real Himalayan Pink Salt Lamps are actually solid blocks of Himalayan salt that have been hand-carved. They have a distinctive look and give off a soothing, pink glow when lit.
Deep underground mines in Khewra, Pakistan, located on the western edge of the Himalayan Mountains are the only source of true Himalayan pink salt.
The color of Himalayan pink salt lamp ranges from a light pink to a pinkish orange, with the hue being a result of the mineral concentration.
Inside the hollowed-out center of this block of salt is a light bulb that gives off light and heat. A salt lamp is not a lamp at all if it doesn’t have the light and heat source within it. Without that, it’s just a block of salt.
WHY HIMALAYAN PINK SALT IS GOOD FOR YOU
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 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.
When ingested, real Himalayan salt is said to:
- Make drinking water alkaline water
- Provide the body with essential minerals and trace minerals
- Balance the body’s pH
- Normalize metabolic functions
- Be readily absorbed by your body’s cells
- Increase energy flow and circulation
How does the Himalayan Salt Lamp Work?
Salt is naturally hygroscopic, which means that it absorbs water molecules from the air. You’ll notice if your salt lamp remains unlit for long periods of time, it will begin to “cry” The heat from a small light bulb keeps these beautiful crystals dry and in turn releases a negative ions (the healthy ones found in abundance in places like oceans, waterfalls, even your shower) into the air.
These are 4 Calming Benefits of the Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp
- Purifies the Air
The Himalayan salt lamp is by nature able to easily attract water vapor to it. With this water vapor often comes indoor air pollutants, including allergens, mold and bacteria. When the water hits the heated lamp, the salt traps the pollutants, but releases the water vapor. This cycle repeats while the lamp is on and warm. By removing pollutants from the air, the salt lamp purifies it, leaving you with cleaner, healthier air.
2. Himalayan Pink Salt Lamps can Boost Your Mood.
Some animal studies have shown that exposure to high levels of negative ions in the air can improve levels of serotonin, a chemical responsible for regulating your mood (1).
But human studies investigating claims regarding the psychological effects of air ionization found no consistent effects on mood or feelings of well-being.
Researchers did find that people with symptoms of depression, who were exposed to very high levels of negative ions reported improvements in their mood.
3. They Can Help You Sleep
The soft orange glow of a Himalayan Pink Salt lamp helps to increase melatonin production naturally because it tells your brain it’s night and that it’s time to let the melatonin flow. In fact, it’s a good idea to expose yourself to the soft orange glow of a Himalayan salt lamp a couple of hours before bedtime.
These also make good nightlights because they don’t negatively affect your sleep pattern when you get up in the middle of the night like regular lights do.
4. Reduce Asthma and Allergy Symptoms
HPS lamps are said to filter microscopic mold, mildew, dust, and pet dander particles from indoor air. People swear that adding one or two lamps to their room helped alleviate allergy symptoms tremendously. Even asthma sufferers claim to benefit from HPS lamps.
Whether you believe it or not, there is some evidence to suggest that Himalayan Pink Salt Lamps have some positive effects. How much positive effect, is for the individual to decide.
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