Himalayan salt lamps have become popular elements in homes across Australia thanks to their ability to lend a warm, calming ambience to any room in the house. Their soft, soothing glow can also help tie various rooms in your home together, transforming your dwelling into a unified sanctuary.
While pink salt lamps are certainly beautiful, many people believe that they offer other benefits beyond their aesthetic qualities. If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about with Himalayan salt lamps, check out these five good reasons to give them a try!
1. A warm glow that reduces stress
The warm, pink or orange glow of a Himalayan salt lamp creates a very calm, soothing atmosphere. While it lacks the flicker of an open flame, it can create the same sense of cosiness and relaxation that candles do.
The pink ambient glow from a salt lamp can help signal your brain to let it know when you’re in your own personal space and that it's time to de-stress. Once you associate that change in lighting with the act of leaving your worries at the door, you’ll find it easier to decompress at home.
2. Hygroscopic qualities to help reduce allergens
Himalayan salt lamps are hygroscopic, meaning that they absorb moisture from the surrounding air. Dust particles, pollen, mould spores, and other allergens or pathogens often cling to the humidity in the atmosphere, making it distressingly easy for you to breathe them in.
Along with removing irritants from the air, pink salt lamps also help to control the level of humidity in your home. Air quality in your space will improve as the lamp draws moisture out of the atmosphere.
You can minimise your risk of experiencing allergy symptoms and create a much healthier atmosphere by setting up a few Himalayan salt lamps throughout your home. Spacing these lamps evenly throughout your dwelling will help keep humidity levels consistent so that each room feels just as pleasant as the next.
3. Generating beneficial negative ions
Negative ions are naturally put out by storms, waterfalls, and ocean waves, and have been shown to lessen the severity of anxiety and stress. Positive ions, on the other hand, are generated by the electronics that most people use on a daily basis.
Many people choose to keep a Himalayan salt lamp near their computer stations and sleeping areas to neutralise positive ions. So placing salt lamps in areas like these can potentially boost your cognitive performance and focus.
4. Diffusing essential oils
If you’re a fan of aromatherapy, then you might find Himalayan salt lamps useful for more than just air purification and visual relaxation. The warmth of the salt crystal is perfect for diffusing the aromas of essential oils through a small dish so that you can enjoy amplified benefits from aromatherapy.
Some salt lamps even come pre-fitted with a small dish recessed into the top of the crystal for oil diffusion. This modification makes it even easier to fill the room with the therapeutic scent you desire.
5. A gentle glow that prepares you for a better night’s sleep
Blue light directly affects people’s circadian rhythms and urges them to wake up, which makes sense when you remember the colour of the daytime sky. While the waking power of blue light can be helpful in the morning, it can have a negative effect when you’re exposed to it late in the evening.
Once the sun goes down, it’s best to avoid sources of blue light such as a TV screen. The act of cutting out screen time for an hour before bed alone will improve the quality of your sleep. Adding the relaxing ambience of a pink salt lamp can amplify the benefits and help you settle down before bedtime.
Can’t resist checking your phone one last time before bed? Try counteracting blue light with the warm glow of a Himalayan salt lamp. The glow will still help you wind down for a better night’s sleep.
Weighing up the benefits
While Himalayan salt lamps are worth the buy based on looks alone, there are other reasons to consider them for your home as well. Many people will vouch for the stress reduction benefits offered by pink salt lamps and confirm that the warm, calm glow helps them relax after a long day.
The hygroscopic qualities of Himalayan salt lamps also work to draw humidity out of the air—often pulling allergens such as dust and pollen with it. Between these cleansing properties and their natural negative ion generation, pink salt lamps can distinctly change the quality of your indoor air for the better.
Last but not least, pink salt lamps can counteract the melatonin-disrupting effects of blue light. The calming glow will help you wind down at the end of the evening for a deeper and more restful night’s sleep.
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