There are many Pros and Cons of Himalayan salt lamps. These salt rock lamps are decorative lights that people buy for their homes.
The stones are carved out of a pink rock salt that is excavated from the underground mines in Pakistan.
Their biggest takeaway, however, is that they are said to possess a variety of health benefits to the human body.
Some of these benefits include soothing allergies, cleaning the air in your house, helping you sleep and boosting your mood.
However, Himalayan salt lamps can also present a number of negative effects as well.
That's why we produced this article to help bring to light both the pros and cons of this unusual decorative lamp.
Pros of Himalayan Salt Lamps
1. Boosts Energy
Himalayan pink lamps allow more energy to flow through your body and enable you to deal with stress, thereby increasing your overall well being.
This is accomplished by getting rid of the ions that block the flow of energy.
Positive ions can drain your body's energy whereas the negative ions from a Himalayan salt lamp can revive the body and the mind.
2. Purifies the Air
Himalayan salt lamps can attract pollutant filled vapor that may have snuck into your house from the outside.
And once the vapors come in contact with the lamp, the pollutants are trapped within and the water vapor is released.
The longer you keep your lamp on, the more pollutants will be removed from your room.
You can also buy several more Himalayan salt lamps to increase the cleanliness of the air in every room.
3. Reduces Asthma and Allergy Symptoms
Asthma and allergy symptoms such as coughing, sneezing and congestion are usually triggered by inhaled allergens such as dust mites, pollen, pet dander, mold, and more.
And since Himalayan salt lamps purify the air by removing particles of pet dander, dust, mildew, and mold from the air, they can help reduce the symptoms of allergy and asthma.
4. Improves Sleep
Himalayan salt lamps also emit a light that is not only soothing but also possesses properties that allow one to experience more peaceful sleep.
Putting on the light won't ruin your sleep hormones and according to color therapy, the warm pinkish to orange colors from the salt lamp transmits a calming and happy presence in your room and releases negative ions into the air.
This reduces anxiety and also encourages a relaxing environment for when you sleep at night.
5. Lowers Electromagnetic Radiation
Living in a world surrounded by electronics like:
Computers, tablets, and appliances..
...may make living more convenient and efficient, but it also presents a danger that gets no coverage whatsoever - electromagnetic radiation (EMR).
Constant exposure EMR leads to increased stress levels, decrease the body’s immune response, and chronic fatigue.
Fortunately, the negative ions from salt lamps cancel out the positive ions that are within electromagnetic radiation.
But like everything else, Himalayan salt lamps also have their share of shortcomings as well, including:
Cons of Himalayan Salt Lamps
1. They Can Break Easy
White salt lamps are usually marketed as having the purest of vibrations, but they also happen to be the most fragile.
Salt crystals require minerals to help them stay strong and without them, the crystals will become brittle and then shatter.
There are white Himalayan salt lamps, but they are extremely rare and more expensive than the colored ones.
And if you happen to find one that isn't more pricey than the pink/orange ones, then it is possible that this is a fake.
2. Numerous Counterfeits in the Market
Perhaps one of the reasons why people don't buy into Himalayan salt lamps for doing all the positive health benefits we've covered above is that there are plenty of fake ones being sold in the market.
And it's hard to spot these counterfeits because they look as convincing as the original.
One way to know which of these lamps is fake is by their opacity. This means that if you see a large and an even amount of light that is shining through the lamp around it, then it's probably a fake.
Another way to tell if it's fake is by its price. Although the real ones aren't exactly that expensive, if they're priced at somewhere like £4 at medium size, then it's likely a fake.
3. They’re Heavy
The more expensive salt lamps tend to be really heavy, especially if you're going for quality than the more budgeted route.
And if you want to roll with that, then you had best do plenty of heavy lifting. But if you happen to come across a lamp that's heavy and also lowly-priced, then it's probably a fake one.
4. They Leak Water Into Damp Areas
Sometimes, salt lamps can attract water in humid areas due to their negative ions and this makes them look as if they're leaking water.
With this in mind, we are all aware of the hazardous combination of both water and electricity. So to prevent this catastrophe beforehand, you need to place these lamps in dry areas and be sure to keep it away from kitchens and bathrooms.
5. Salt is Corrosive
Because salt lamps leak water when they absorb water vapors, the salt from the lamp washes down and then corrodes the surface where the lamp is resting.
And if the surface is metal, it will likely rust.