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    Do pink Himalayan salt lamps provide any health benefits?

    Due to their alleged health benefits, products containing pink Himalayan salt have become very popular in recent years. They also appeal to those wanting to take a more natural approach to their lifestyle. However, there is little to no evidence to support these health claims. This article will focus on pink Himalayan salt lamps and whether or not there is any truth to the health claims surrounding them.

    What are pink Himalayan salt lamps?

    These lamps are made of chunks of pink Himalayan salt. The salt has a carved-out center in which to place a light bulb or heat source.
    Pink Himalayan salt is a salt rock crystal that comes from the Himalaya Mountains in Asia. True Himalayan salt mostly comes from the Khewra Salt Mine in Pakistan.
    The pink color of Himalayan salt is reportedly due to a high concentration of minerals. Himalayan salt lamps have gained popularity over recent years and often appear in spas and home décor magazines. They are widely available to purchase for use in the home.

    How do they work?

    One way that pink Himalayan salt lamps supposedly work is by releasing negative ions into the air in a process called air ionization.
    The disturbance of water molecules naturally produces negative ions. Waterfalls, rain showers, and crashing waves all generate negative ions. Commercial air ionizers can also produce negative ions.
    Some studies suggest that air ionization has some benefits, such as improved cognitive performance.
    However, there is no definitive evidence that pink Himalayan salt lamps can produce a measurable number of negative ions, if at all.
    Other studies claim that water vapor in the air carrying pollutants and toxins is attracted to the surface of the rock. The toxins fall on the rock, and clean water vapor remains in the air. However, this claim also has little evidence to support it.

    Reasons why someone might want to use one

    Salt lamps are unlikely to make a significant positive impact on a person's health, but there are other reasons why a person might want to use one.
    Benefits can include: Granny 2.0

    • Decorating the home. These lamps have a unique look and may complement the décor of one's home.
    • Boosting mood. The dim, pinkish light can help create a soothing atmosphere that promotes relaxation.
    • Using as a nightlight. This dim lighting can help replace brighter lights at home in the evening, making it easier to fall asleep.

    All of these benefits can reduce stress by helping a person spend a few relaxing moments gazing at the soft light of the salt lamp.

    Are they safe?

    There does not seem to be any research into the safety of salt lamps. They appear to be safe to use overall.
    However, it is a good idea to keep salt lamps out of reach of children and pets.


    While pink Himalayan salt lamps are nice to look at, they probably do not offer any substantial health benefits beyond helping people relax. There is little to no evidence to back up claims of air purification, respiratory health, or mood and sleep benefits from salt lamps. Therefore, these claims need further research.
    Regardless, a pink Himalayan salt lamp can provide a nice ambiance to a person's home or office.


    Last edited by ablazespog; 05-28-2019 at 01:36 PM.

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