Himalayan Salt Lamp - Nightlight
Salt lamps are everywhere these days, and for good reason. Not only are they stunning accent light fixtures, but many believe they have homeopathic benefits. In this guide, you'll learn all about what a salt lamp is, how salt lamps work, and what the supposed benefits of salt lamps are.
What Is a Salt Lamp?
A salt lamp is a decorative, tabletop light fixture made from a hollowed-out block of real Himalayan salt that is secured over a lightbulb and a simple base. Some are simply that – a salt crystal with a light inside – while others can be designed to have the appearance of several smaller salt crystals held in a bowl or carved in novelty shapes.
Traditionally mined in the Punjab region of Pakistan, Himalayan pink salt gets its name from the mountain range that spans the borders of Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, and China.
Purported Benefits of Salt Lamps
One of the reasons Himalayan salt lamps are so popular is their supposed homeopathic health benefits. Proponents of naturopathy – a faction of alternative medicine that believes in healing without drugs – claim that installing a Himalayan salt lamp in your home can improve air quality, increase your energy, improve your mood, and even neutralize the electromagnetic radiation emanating from modern electronic devices.
When the salt lamp naturally absorbs water molecules from the air, air pollutants such as dust and pollen are also absorbed and subsequently trapped in the salt crystal. The supposed filtration of these particles can help reduce air odor and may even relieve asthma and allergy symptoms.
It's also believed that salt lamps generate negative ions, which combat positive ions that are already in the atmosphere. Positive ions can reduce blood and oxygen flow to the brain, which can drain your energy, cause loss of sleep, concentration, and productivity, and can increase your chances of being in a bad mood. Those negative ions purportedly also neutralize electromagnetic radiation produced by radios, televisions, telephones, and other electronic devices.
While none of these purported health benefits of salt lamps are scientifically supported, the Zen beauty of a Himalayan salt lamp can certainly serve as a calming element in any home. They can provide relaxing natural beauty to your decor, and the gentle light they produce is much easier on the eyes than the output of a standard lightbulb.
Decorating with Salt Lamps
Whether you believe in the wellness benefits of salt lamps or not, they make for excellent functional home decor. Himalayan salt lamps fit right in with eclectic- or bohemian-decor styles, but they can complement modern or minimal styles as well. Small, pretty, and portable, salt lamps can be situated almost anywhere in the home. Place a salt lamp in your home office as a gentle, decorative desk lamp or reading light or use it as a beautiful piece of shelf decor. Put one in your kids' bedroom – kids and teenagers love their fantastic crystalline look.
However you want to use it, a salt lamp is a gorgeous accent piece that is sure to light up your home!
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