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What are Salt Lamps?

What is a salt lamp?

A Himalayan Salt Lamp is created from mined salt that has been hollowed out to allow room for a lightbulb. The light glows through the medium of the salt crystal, which can range in colour from a dark salmon pink to a pale orange. Salt lamps make attractive accent lights. Their main attraction, however, is that the heating of the salt reportedly causes the crystal to release negative ions (often called simply 'ions').

Negative ions have long been considered healthy; the sea air, mountain air and the air around swiftly running water is high in negative ions. Indoor air, recirculated air, and air around electronic equipment is very low in negative ions. Many office workers who suffer health complaints around fluorescent lighting and computer monitors report considerably less fatigue and headaches if the concentration of negative ions in the air is increased.

At Original Salt Lamps we truly love the beauty and ambience a Salt Lamp can bring to your home or office. We prefer to sell our lamps on their aesthetic beauty and on the fact that they make such unique gifts, as no two Salt Lamps can ever be the same.

Using Natural salt from the foothills of the Himalayas that began forming over 250 million years ago when the continental shelves collided and formed the beautiful mountain range, Original Salt Lamps has been able to provide a lamp that is both beautiful to look at, and soothing to be around.

What are the benefits?

Many people believe in the health benefits of Salt Lamps. Salt Rock Crystal is known for its ability to ionise the air. Negative ions are essential to our health and wellbeing. Highly polluted areas often have a low negative ion balance, which leads to a feeling of reduced health and well-being.

Placing a Salt Lamp in your house or office may or may not enhance your well-being and you may or may not experience an improvement in your overall health! We'd love to hear from you if you think it has.

How they work

It has been shown that negative ions in the air bind with airborne pollutants, making them heavier so that they fall to the ground, and therefore are unavailable to be inhaled. Many modern air purifiers - the so-called 'ionic air cleaners' - use this technique to provide cleaner indoor air for allergy sufferers. Some studies seem to indicate that an increase in negative ions in the air increases bloodflow to the brain, which would have the effect of improved concentration.

Perhaps this is the case or perhaps not, we'll let you be the judge. All we know at Original Salt Lamps is that our Lamps are extremely well crafted and beautiful to look at, and improve the atmosphere and ambience of your space to no end.