Salt lamps have been all the rage for a while now. And lest you think the fad is over, I want to show you some new styles AND tell you about the health benefits.
Beauty + healthy = a no brainer home decor accessory!
According to Wellness Mama, a popular health blogger that I really trust, salt lamps are effective at reducing indoor air pollution, improving allergies and even helping with depression and anxiety problems with negative ions. I also read this from Daily Health Post about salt lamps and negative ions.
“The Science Of Himalayan Salt Lamps
These lamps are said to emit negative ions that help you feel more relaxed and calm. These ions cancel out anxiety-inducing positive ions emitted by technology like cellphones, laptops, and televisions.
Ions are invisible molecules that we can’t perceive with any of your senses. We inhale these molecules, which eventually make their way into our bloodstream. in abundance in natural environments.
Negative ions are found in abundance in nature, especially near mountains, waterfalls, and beaches. These molecules increase levels of serotonin, a mood-altering chemical that fights depression, stress, and low energy.”
So as you can see, there is science backing these beautiful lamps. However, not all salt lamps are created equal. Wellness Mama has some recommendations when picking one out.
“If you are interested in adding a salt lamp to your home, choose ones with these features for best quality:
- Orange Color– Darker colored lamps are typically considered higher quality. Lamps should specify that they are 100% Himalayan salt, as cheap imitations may use lower quality salt.
- Size– The bigger the salt lamp, the bigger the affect. Smaller lamps weight 5-6 pounds while larger ones can weigh up to 50. A good general rule is that 1 pound of salt will filter approximately a 4×4 area of a room. Smaller lamps are typically much less expensive, so we keep 1-2 in smaller rooms and 2-3 in larger rooms of our home.
- Rough Surface– The surface area of a salt lamp determines its hygroscopic potential. Rougher lamps have a higher surface area than smooth and polished lamps and are more effective at improving air quality. In my opinion, they also look better and are a great decoration for most rooms.
- Bulb– The hygroscopic benefits are due to the salt and heat together so it is important to use a heat-producing bulb. LED bulbs don’t accomplish this. I use these inexpensive bulbs.”
Do you have a salt lamp? If so, I’d love to hear about it!