Himalayan salt lamps are crystals of pink himalayan salt with a lightbulb inside. This simple act of repurposing created a beautiful lamp that creates an atmosphere similar to that of being next to a warm fireplace. Additionally, the salt has a positive impact on health and air quality in the space; it attracts water molecules in the air, trapping dust or particles that were attached to the water molecules, and then releasing them into the air again. It also releases negative ions, which neutralize the positive ions released by technology. According to WebMD, “negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy”… “Places like waterfalls and beaches where negative ions are naturally produced can have a negative ion concentration of up to 10,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter whereas busy cities can have negative ion levels as low as 100 ions per cubic centimeter.” The level of impact of a small salt lamp is relatively small, but it still creates a calming atmosphere and makes air quality a little bit better (and placebo effect could even come into play here, creating a greater impact on people’s lives).

Whether or not the health benefits are as great as they claim to be, the Himalayan salt lamp has been marketed very effectively and has become a beautiful addition to the ambiance of many homes and other interior environments.