Pink salt, mined in Pakistan near the Himalayas, is a food, spa and home-health trend. Because it is “minimally processed and hand-extracted,” informed EcoWatch in a December 2018 report, pink salt maintains numerous trace elements and minerals. It can be eaten and soaked in, but salt lamps are also supposed to improve a home’s interior environment in a number of ways.
A salt lamp is essentially a chunk of pink salt that has been carved out to make room for a lightbulb or heat source.
EcoWatch insisted salt lamps can:
• Remove air pollutants.
• Improve respiratory issues.
• Aid in healing skin problems.
Medicalnewstoday.com in 2018 explained that some studies say salt lamps work by “releasing negative ions into the air in a process called air ionization” and that this process improves cognitive function. Yet, the site also asserted that no definitive evidence proves this claim, or that salt lamps improve air quality.
Further, the idea that a salt lamp can reduce respiratory symptoms derives from the ancient practice of visiting salt caves and participating in halotherapy.
Breathing in the tiny salt particles from a salt lamp may help clear airways and break down mucus, noted medicalnewstoday.com, but studies are still underway to determine effectiveness.
A 2010 study by the University of Karachi in Pakistan offered that consistent exposure to a salt lamp may provide a calming effect and aid sleep. Medicalnewstoday.com indicated that improvements in sleep and mood may simply be the result of the lamp providing a warm, soothing glow to a room.
Salt lamps are safe to use, however, and they can enhance a room’s decor, depending on interior style preferences.
Chipping off pieces of a salt lamp to use for cooking is not recommended, as the block of salt has not been mined for consumption. Stick to salt blocks for cooking as well as shakable or millable salt.