I wasn’t a big believe in salt lamps until I tried one in my home. Sure, it looked pretty. But was there any other benefits to having one? Is it true? Do they promote better sleep, healing, and purify the air?
The Jerusalem Post claims the following benefits of a salt lamp:
- Balance Electromagnetic Radiation.
- Cleanse, Deodorize, and Purify Air.
- Calm Allergies and Reduce Asthma.
- Alleviate Coughing and Other Symptoms of the Common Cold.
- Boost Blood Flow.
- Raise Energy Levels.
- Sharpen Concentration and Performance.
- Enhance Mood
As always, I wanted to experience the benefits for myself. And the universe apparently had the same plan, because I received a salt lamp this past year as a holiday gift.
So I plugged it in. Here’s what I experienced
Does it really purify the air?
So salt is thought to be a purifying agent. There’s a reason it’s so historically intwined with different religions are a purification method. If you’ve been to the Dead Sea (highly suggest a trip if you haven’t), then you’ll know just how integral salt is in Abrahamic religions.
So having a salt lamp kind of makes sense. If the bulb inside the salt rock warms the salt, then the properties are distributed into the air. Kind of like a salt cave.
Salt caves are often suggested for patients with lung diseases (like myself). We actually inhale sodium chloride as a form of medication to expand our lungs and clear out gunk, so salt makes sense!
I plugged it in and I’ve had my salt lamp every night before bedtime. I do feel like my allergies have been reduced. I do feel as though the air is less heavy. Combine that with a good air filter, a salt lamp just might be your thing.
Does it help you sleep better?
I’ll be honest, I’ve not been sleeping better. But I do fall asleep faster with the salt lamp on. It’s not to do with the salt, but with red light.
Red light is the opposite of blue light, which is found in most light bulbs, and is emitted in televisions, tablets, and phones. Blue light is a sleep inhibitor. It’s not enough to wear blue light blocking glasses (although these are great, you need to supplement with good sleep hygiene). If you want better sleep, try red light therapy.
Like I said, I’ve been falling asleep way faster with the salt lamp, but things have been waking me up more (specifically, hungry cats).
Does it help the energy in the room?
Absolutely! One of the benefits of a salt lamp, which you can choose to believe or not to believe, is that it can help clear energies in the room in which it is lit.
As some of you may know from my Instagram Stories, my life is haunted. I have a lot of energies that visit or are with me. Sometimes these energies can be very annoying and disturbing.
Think of them like little fruit flies that follow you if you have something sweet. Well, long story, but I feel like I attract a lot of different energies. And to move them along/get rid of them, I like to light my salt lamp.
This has helped me in especially stressful situations where I feel like the air is heavy with stress or sadness. Lighting the salt lamp helps me ground myself. It reminds me that there is always light in the darkness.
After a few minutes, I feel very at peace.
Will you consider a salt lamp?
Have you tried a salt lamp? A few of my friends have and they find the same benefits. If you’ve tried one, will you do me a favor? Let me know if the comments below what your experience has been with them. Do you experience these benefits or other kinds?
If you’re looking to try one, may I recommend this one? It’s on Amazon, fairly inexpensive, and seems to have the highest ratings.