What on Earth Are Salt Lamps?

Have you seen these in people’s homes or offices? I did for years and never thought to stop and ask what they were for. I always just assumed they were art. This year I finally stopped and asked “what is this?” and was really intrigued by the answer.

Salt has healing properties.

Dry salt therapy, known as speleo therapy or halo therapy, has been soothing inflammation and boosting respiratory health since the 1800’s when a Polish physician discovered that breathing pure, ionized air in salt mines cured respiratory conditions. Since then people have sought out the healing “salt caves” of Eastern Europe for their antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal benefits.

Made from salt mines in underground caves found at the foot of the Himalayan Mountains, Himalayan Salt lamps are natural air purifiers. They are made by hollowing out a large piece of the salt and either inserting a candle or lightbulb inside. Besides being aesthetically beautiful while giving off a nice cozy warm glow (perfect coffee table accessory), Salt Lamps also naturally produce negative ions when heated. Studies show breathing in ionized air not only increases oxygen to a person’s brain but is proven to help people with various health conditions such as asthma, allergies, respiratory ailments, sleep disorders, headaches, and depression, among other things. The results of a U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) study found that cleaning the air in a room by ionizing it can remove more than half of the dust particles. It can also remove nearly all of the harmful bacteria found in the polluted air.

Salt Lamps  have become increasingly popular for children’s bedrooms, especially children with respiratory issues.

Similar to our post on Amber Jewelry, you will find people who absolutely and positively swear by the powers of Salt Lamps and others who simply scoff at the idea.

I have just bought myself one for our home and only time will tell if it is all I hope it will be, but if not, I always have a lovely piece of Himalayan art!

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