Good Feng Shui Air Solution: the Himalayan Salt Lamp

Purify the air of your home with a Himalayan salt lamp

glowing Himalayan salt lamp on a wooden surface
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Beautiful Himalayan salt lamps provide gentle warmth and balanced energy in the practice of feng shui. Himalayan crystal salt is a famed natural ionizer and an excellent feng shui cure for good energy (and good air!) in your home. When the heat of the burning candle or the lamp warms the salt, the Himalayan salt lamp releases much needed negative ions into the air. This cleans the air and creates healing and good energy in your home. The outside surface stays cool to the touch, so there is no need to worry about hot surfaces.

The warm and soothing glow of the lamp speeds healing and is an excellent feng shui decor addition for cold winter months. The lamp's nurturing glow soothes many low-energy emotions that result from exposure to little light. Himalayan salt lamps are excellent feng shui for any room, especially for the bedroom, be it an adult or a child's room.  Salt lamps balance tight places and create pleasant surroundings.

What Is a Salt Lamp and How Does It Work?

Real Himalayan salt lamps have a pink or pinkish orange color caused by a high mineral concentration in the salt. The middle of the salt lamp is hollowed out and a light bulb is inserted. Salt lamps require a heat-producing bulb or a candle to work properly. 

Allergens exist in the water vapor that is in the air of every room of your home. Salt is hygroscopic, which means it attracts water from the air. When the lamp attracts the water, the allergens are also attracted and cling to the outside of the lamp. Eventually, the water is heated by the lamp and released, leaving behind the allergens. Every couple of weeks, the lamp should be unplugged and allowed to cool down. Then the allergens can be gently removed from the outside of the lamp with a damp cloth.

Benefits of Using a Himalayan Salt Lamp

Himalayan salt lamps are credited with the following benefits. 

  • Cleanses the air. The lamps attract and absorb water molecules from the surrounding air along with any particle the air contains. 
  • Reduces allergy symptoms by removing microscopic particles of pet dander, dust mites and other allergens from the air.
  • Increases energy levels
  • Improves sleep quality
  • Eases coughing
  • Reduces static electricity
  • Serves as a functional and decorative feature in your home

Selecting the Right Size Lamp for Your Room

Small lamps—those that weigh less than 7 pounds—are best suited to a bedroom, while lamps that weigh 15 pounds or more are appropriate for a den or living room. The larger the salt lamp, the more footage the lamp covers. The best placement is in an area where you are a great deal of the time. The lamps come in several colors—most in the yellow, orange, red and pink range—but some salt lamps are white, brown and purple. 

Himalayan salt lamps can be used in conjunction with live plants to clean the air in your home.