If you’re into health and wellness at all, you’ve probably heard about pink Himalayan salt. It’s supposedly packed with healthy minerals that regular salt lacks, and provides benefits like stronger bones, balanced Ph levels, and more. That’s when you actually consume the salt, however, so what about lamps made of the stuff? Are they legit or are you being scammed if you buy one?
Salt lamps are made of pink Himalayan salt crystals. Sellers claim that when heated, the salt releases negative ions into the air, which purify your environment. With a purer environment, you are supposed to enjoy fewer allergy symptoms, less fatigue, and less stress. Some people even say salt lamps can help depression and improve your sleep. That’s a tall order for a lamp. What does the science say?
There are no major studies supporting the health claims about salt lamps. There aren’t even studies that show salt lamps release negative ions, which is the main claim about the product. While there are quite a few studies on negative ions on their own, the science on if they can benefit health is hardly settled. The major issue, though, is that salt lamps don’t appear to release them. The fact that sellers are claiming they do feels a bit scammy.
Salt lamps may even be dangerous, if you have pets. Cats have been known to lick the salt , leading to sodium poisoning. Symptoms include vomiting, seizures, fatigue, and even death, if the animal consumed too much salt. If you have a pet and get a salt lamp, even if it’s just because you think it’s cool-looking, be sure the animal can’t reach it.
If you really want to purify your air quality, there are lots of houseplants proven to do just that, such as:
- Boston ferns
- Spider plants
- English ivy
- Peace lilies
- Weeping figs
You can also try essential oil diffusers using clove, rosemary, or eucalyptus oils, while burning beeswax candles might help, too. If nothing else, just opening your window for a few minutes each day to clear out stale air will make a difference.