Himalayan salt lamps are extremely trendy for a number of reasons, ranging from how cute they look in just about any room to their alleged (but unconfirmed) health benefits. However, if you have one in your home, you may want to check on the brand.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, thousands of Himalayan rock salt lamps are being recalled.
There are three different styles of rock salt lamps being recalled, and they’re all sold under the brand, Lumière. The lamps were either one hunk of salt mounted on a wooden base or a basket of smaller rocks. Here are the product names and numbers:
Rock of Gibraltar Lamp, SKU 495144, UPC 00886946056253
Carnival of Lights, SKU 495433, UPC 00886946058325
Basket of Rocks, SKU 495146, UPC 00886946056277
The lamps were sold at Michaels stores between July and November 2016, but also online on Amazon. Stop using your lamp immediately if it’s on this list, and you can return it at Michaels to get a full refund.
Do Salt Lamps Really Work?
Here’s what a Himalayan salt lamp is and how it works, whether they really do generate negative ions, the reported health benefits of salt lamps, and 4 important considerations when choosing the best Himalayan crystal salt lamp for your home.
Where to Place Rock Salt Lamps for the Most Health Benefits
The best place for a Himalayan pink salt lamps is quite close to where you spend a lot of time so you can breathe in the fresher air it generates directly. The hygroscopic air cleaning effect is not dependant on negative ions and is the basic science of water vapour attraction and evaporation.
By a coffee table next to the seat where you watch TV is a great place, as is your work desk at home, or even at the office if you can have a salt lamp there.
Not only will it help clean the air and expose you to at least some negative ions, it may also help counteract electromagnetic radiation and provides a gentle, soothing pink glow.
Most people who own Himalayan salt crystal lamps report that they find them very relaxing to be near. Perhaps they work in other ways that science doesn’t quite understand yet.
Other Himalayan Rock Salt Lamp Benefits
Reported health benefits of Himalayan salt lamps include:
- Improving breathing problems and reducing allergies.
- Less colds and flu (due to less airborne viruses).
- Increased relaxation and calmness and less stress.
- Improved ability to concentrate and work for longer periods around electrical equipment like computers.
- Fewer headaches and migraines.
- Reduced symptoms from disorders like rheumatism and arthritis.
- An improvement in skin diseases.
- Easier to get to sleep at night.
- A better overall sense of health and wellbeing.
It’s difficult to back up these claims with scientific studies, though there is of course little incentive for research to be done on salt lamps in the first place.
There are, however, two other potential salt lamp health benefits, aside from negative ions, that proponents point to that may help explain why so many people report positive effects from using Himalayan rock salt lamps.
Salt Lamps and Electromagnetic Radiation
All electronic equipment like televisions, stereos, computers, appliances and smart phones emit electromagnetic radiation.
Constant heavy exposure to electromagnetic radiation has been shown to increase cortisol levels, which leads to tiredness, higher stress, reduced ability to concentrate and lower immunity. It can also have many other negative health effects.
You can feel this effect particularly in open offices with a lot of electrical equipment. Try working near a strong electromagnetic generator like a printer and you’ll know how quickly it wears you out.
Proponents for Himalayan salt lamps say they help protect you against electromagnetic radiation. Though realistically, just one salt lamp would have trouble counteracting all the electromagnetic radiation from a room full of electronic equipment.
The closer the salt lamp is to you the better job it will do at counteracting the negative effects of electromagnetic radiation. Though it’s better to keep as far back from screens and other electromagnetic emitting equipment as possible.