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All Your Questions About Himalayan Salt Lamps, Answered

These pink beauties are said to have air-purifying properties

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We all have that one relative or friend who’s knowledgeable about holistic wellness—and she’s your number one source for all things natural. If her constant journey to promote health has rubbed off on you, you’ve likely read all about Himalayan salt lamps—those pretty pink lamps that are all the rage on blogs and IG these days. They come in all shapes and sizes, are said to be beneficial for asthmatics, and are fairly pricey, making you wonder: what’s all the hype about?

With so much info floating on the Internet about these lamps, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Don’t worry! We’ve compiled this handy guide that will help you figure out if you should get a Himalayan salt lamp.

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First of all, what’s a Himalayan salt lamp?

Himalayan salt lamps are composed of two components: a light bulb and a hollow chunk of rock salt from the Himalayas, the mountain range to which Mt. Everest belongs. Authentic Himalayan comes from the Khewra region in Pakistan, which is home to the second largest salt mine in the world.

Due to its purported health benefits, salt lamps have risen in popularity in the last few years. Many even say that you should have one in every room of your home!

How does it work?

Supposedly, the lamps emit negative ions which are also present in natural sources like beaches or waterfalls. These negative ions then cling to air pollutants, making them too heavy to be airborne—meaning they should drop to the ground you can easily sweep them off. Negative ions also serve to counter positive ions, which are emitted by electronics and are said to have a negative impact on mental and physical health.

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What are the benefits?

Since the lamp is said to have air-purifying properties, its recommended for people with respiratory issues like asthma. Some studies also suggest that exposure to negative ions can curb feelings of depression and improve mood. Finally, these lamps are said to be great aids for a good night’s sleep.

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Read: 5 Secrets To Getting A Good Night’s Sleep

Does it really work?

While scientific studies have proven that negative ions have positive effects on health, there’s little evidence that Himalayan salt lamps emit enough of these ions to make a difference. If anything, the lamp’s dim light and warm glow can help you doze off easier if you’re the kind of person who needs a night light. And of course, there’s the fact that these lamps are so pretty and chic—they’ll make pretty additions to a bohemian-inspired room.

Where can I buy it in the Philippines?

There are plenty of online stores that sell these decorative lamps here in the country. BeautyMNL  carries a variety of Himalayan salt products from Hima PH and V&M Naturals. You can also try Himalayan Salt PH, which sells lamps in varying sizes and weights. You’ll definitely find one that fits perfectly in your space.

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Sources: Live Science, Dr. Axe, Healthline

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