There are a lot of pseudosciences that can be attributed to the idea of salt lamps and the benefits they provide. Many people believe that salt lamps have medicinal benefits that can heal people, improve sleep patterns, help people with asthma breathe better, and help improve air quality. Yet there is no scientific evidence to prove these statements.
So, then I had to ask, why do so many people believe that salt lamps provide any form of benefit to people. It is a phenomenon that is hard to understand, and I can’t wrap my head around it. That is why in this article, I will be delving into the benefits that salt lamps actually provide.
What are the Benefits of Using Salt Lamps?
A salt lamp provides no real benefits aside from lighting up a room and beautifying a place. It has no medicinal value attributed to it as it does not produce any negative ions.
The people who sell these salt lamps claim that it produces negative ions, which provide benefits like improved mood, mental state, and air quality.
However, science proves that salt rocks can not produce negative ions, and when these salt lamps were put under a Mass Spectrometer, it was proven that they do not produce negative ions even when they have been turned on for over an hour.
Any benefits that can be felt from using the salt lamps can be attributed to the Placebo effect. It just means that the individuals using the salt lamps believe that they are receiving benefits from using them, and so the mind is telling the body to feel the benefits of salt rocks.
What is a Salt Lamp, and How Do They Work?
A salt lamp is a hollowed-out reddish-pink salt rock that houses a bulb that emits a reddish-pink light when lit. These bulbs, according to their sellers, can do more than just light up a room. They claim that it has the unusual property of emitting negative ions into the atmosphere by liberating ions from water molecules that land on the surface of the salt lamps.
The entire concept of these salt lamps is based on the belief that they can produce negative molecules, which can improve people’s moods, headaches, alertness, and sleep.
In theory, a salt lamp is supposed to liberate negative ions from water molecules that land on the salt lamps. However, in practice, the salt lamps do not liberate negative ions from molecules as the power needed to do so would be substantially greater than that of what the bulb housed within the salt rocks can provide.
How Can I Use Salt Lamps to Improve My Home’s Air Quality?
Salt rocks can trap air pollutants, but at a very weak rate; for you to improve your home’s air quality by using salt lamps, you would need well over fifty of them to begin to even slightly improve your home’s air quality. That is not a feasible idea as it would be a waste of money and time. Your best choice is to buy an air purifier and be done with it.
What Are Some Tips for Using Salt Lamps?
A salt lamp is a normal lamp, and it provides no benefits aside from what a normal lamp provides, it lights up a room, and it beautifies a space. If I were to give any tips on using it, I would say you should just keep it in a place where people can see it because it really lights up a room.
A salt lamp may add a nice decorative touch and a warming glow to your space, but there is currently no research that indicates it will significantly improve your health.
However, it is important to note that the placebo effect should not be underestimated, and if the lamp is helping you out, you should not throw it away. Who knows, maybe in the future, we will find out that there are benefits to using salt lamps that we do not know about yet.