WHY THIS LAMP IS OUTSHINING THE REST
There’s not another lamp that can claim quite as many benefits as one that is made of Himalayan rock salt, and that’s even if you choose to discount the theories that it can heal all that ails you (allergies, asthma, mood disorders and lethargy just to name a few).
But just because the science doesn’t quite support Himalayan salt lamps as the cure-all we’d like them to be, we’re still suitably impressed by the number of practical uses they can serve in the home. And if nothing else, who can resist that pretty peach glow?
Can a Himalayan salt lamp make me happier?
The claim that a salt lamp can boost your mood and increase energy levels is generally based on the fact that Himalayan salt produces negative ions, the same mood-boosting atoms found around waterfalls, rivers and at the beach that have that lovely tendency to wash your worries away (it’s generally understood that they do this by increasing oxygen to the brain).
But alas, a salt lamp is no substitute for a brisk swim under a waterfall. While they do produce negative ions, it’s not nearly in the same concentration as those found in nature, particularly rapidly moving water. They can, however, help counter-balance the positive ions produced by home electricals, phones and devices, which is always a good thing!
What about improving air quality?
Salt lamps are believed to cleanse and deodorise air, which is why many people choose to have one in every room. Salt is naturally hygroscopic, which means it attracts and absorbs water molecules from the air including any dust, allergens, mould and bacteria it might be carrying. The warmth from the light itself causes the water to then evaporate, while the contaminants remain trapped in the salt (this is why a salt lamp sometimes appears wet).
Is science class over yet?
Yes! Here are our favourite things about Himalayan salt lamps that we’re sure everyone can agree on.
They make wonderful night lights for kids.
The gentle light diffused through the mineral provides a comforting glow that your children can drift off to sleep to.
The colour is conducive to sleep.
You know the drill, don’t look at computer screens and phones before bed because the blue light messes with your brain and keeps you awake. Salt lamps typically give off a warm peach or orange glow, perfect for sleep.
They’re great for movie night.
When you want the room dark, but not pitch black, salt lamps are your friend. Flick it on when you’re watching a film or having a candlelit dinner to create a cosy ambience.
They’re the same colour as Pantone’s 2016 Colour of the Year.
Last year Rose Quartz rocked our world, and this year nothing has changed. Navy and blush in particular is a trending colour combo, and a Himalayan salt lamp will subtly introduce the soft accent colour to any area of your home.
They ramp up your feng shui game.
Whether you practice the principles of feng shui or not, a salt lamp is considered a beacon of good energy and helps balance tight spaces.
They provide a natural element for your décor.
Whether it’s through plant life, fresh flowers or raw timber, stylists and designers agree that the most inviting interiors always include elements derived from nature. Cue the Himalayan salt lamp. Choose a natural crystal shape instead of a carved lamp if ringing true to nature is your aim.
They’ll help you embrace ‘hygge’.
If there’s one buzzword you add to your vocabulary this season, make it hygge; the Danish word with no real English translation, but which helps our Nordic friends stay happy and cosy through their very dark, bleak winters. It emphasises objects and behaviours that warm you physically and mentally, such as scented candles and home cooking. We’d say a salt lamp with potential happy powers fits that profile quite nicely!
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