Detoxing Your Home with Salt Crystal Lamps

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Can you Detox Your Home with Salt Crystal Lamps?

Does it really work? Based on my own personal experiences I can say that I am satisfied with results (see photo of my lamp). Described as an ancient healing remedy for practically everything that ails you; it is also supposed to offer much needed light therapy, especially during the winter. The benefits come from negative ions.*

What is a salt crystal lamp?

What is a salt crystal lamp and what does it do? This is a salt lamp that has a light bulb, usually 15 watts, that is housed in a heavy chunk of natural salt mined from the Himalayas. It is supposed to neutralize pollutants and toxins.

How does it work?

When the salt gets gently heated from the bulb, salt crystals are released into the air, attach to impurities and then weigh them down so they cannot circulate - then you cannot breathe them in.

Where do you place it in a room?

When I lived In Seoul, S. Korea there was a shop across the street from my officetel** selling salt crystals lamps almost exclusively. They had every size and shape - some quite massive, and different degrees of coloring. It was time to buy one.

I bought a smaller one, very orange in coloring and paid the equivalent of $50.00. The instruction book said it is useful to use around computers, TV sets and other electrical equipment as those items produce positive ions while the lamp produces negative ions.

What I noticed immediately is the light. I have to say it was so soothing and lovely to look at in an otherwise dimly lit room - I wound up leaving it on all the time I was home.

Did it ionize the air and do the other things promised on the following list such as:

- Purifying the air

- reducing humidity

- offering color spectrum light therapy aid

- removing dust mites

- helping with respiratory problems, migraines, allergies, depression, fatigue and SAD (seasonal affective disorder).

About Light Therapy:

In Korea I appreciated the immediate light therapy but since I am not affected by the above list of ailments I couldn’t tell what other benefits - but perhaps it helped prevent some. However, it is by using the lamp in my Brooklyn, NY apartment where I noticed another result that I am most happy with - the reduction of dust/dust mites.

I gave away my first lamp as a gift in Korea - once back in NYC I purchased another one (not as beautiful and orange as the one in Korea). Again during this long cold dark winter I have it plugged in and I prefer it as a night light. It is generally on all evening. There is a marked reduction in the amount of dust in the apartment. Under the bed there are no dust mites. This is no small feat in my heavily polluted city neighborhood. Seeing dust floating in the air (the way you see dust floating around in sunlight) has always been a given - that has disappeared.

All the ailments it is supposed to alleviate, well, I have never had them so I can’t say. Maybe it is reducing SAD because I see no purpose for winter and cold long night but so far it has not bothered me - so perhaps this is part of the light therapy; negative ions are said to regulate the levels of the brains happiness hormone - I am very happy). It is soothing to look at - no other light has this affect on me.

And the reduction of dust mites - that’s a major plus!

What causes negative ion depletion? Specific culprits are: high concentrations of electronic equipment, fluorescent lighting, static producing fibers, air conditioners, electric heaters and other heating systems, many plastics, older TVs and monitors (CRTs), airflow from furnace ducts and HVAC systems.

*Negative ions are oxygen atoms with an extra electron. They are charged particles that are formed by nature when enough energy acts upon a molecule. An electron is then ejected leaving a positively charged ion. The displaced electron attaches itself to a nearby molecule, which then becomes a negatively charged ion.

In fresh (country) air you can find up to 4000 negative ions per cubic centimeter while during rush hour in a major city it is less than 100.

**Officetel - an officetel is a combination of apartment rental units and office rental units. Usually the first floor is filled with restaurants and shops and the second floor has offices. In my 12 story officetel in Seoul, on the second floor, there was a dental office, a nail salon, a cleaners (where clothes were laundered off premises), tea rooms, etc. It is mostly studio apartments on the upper floors, with a few small private offices throughout.

Salt rock lamps are most often sold over the internet.

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Mr Nice profile image

Mr Nice 7 years ago from North America

I have an air purifier or ionizer, the only change I noticed is it removes the cooked meal smells faster then usual way.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hi Mr. Nice,

I think the ionizing properties of the salt lamp help keep my air a bit fresher too. Thanks for writing me!

Salt Crystal Lamp Owner


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justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

Very interesting! I had not seen this before you mentioned it! I will add a link to the comment thread on my Sleep Without Drugs HUB :)


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

It is interesting, very LA too.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks goldentoad!

I do think it is working very well for me!


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

As always - thanks justmesuzanne!


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IslandVoice 7 years ago from Hawaii

Our daughter gave us one that looks like the one you have and we love it. Thanks for the info that explains it's benefits, beyond the lamps pretty esthetics.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Glad you are happy with it - it's become very much a part of the décor - and makes a great night light.

Thanks for writing!


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metaphysician 7 years ago

I used to one of this two years ago but never felt any differences. Maybe mine one was not from the Himalaya.


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I now find mine addictive - I have to have it - it seems to fill a particular corner. I turn it off when I am going away but as soon as I come back I have to turn it on. Maybe try it again.


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Suki C 7 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

I have one that I also leave on all the time - I love the warm glow of it, very soothing.

I'm not sure if it's actually doing any good but I'm sure it's doing no harm :)


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BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

It is kind of addictive. I leave mine on all the time too - it is soothing and that makes it worthwhile!


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Austinstar 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

And it's a beautiful lamp too! I think I will try one! Thank you for this informative hub!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thank you Austinstar - I love my lamp. And as I sit here on this snowy dark morning in NYC - my lamp is on and glowing. It is so soothing. When the bulb blows out it's like it leaves a hole in that space and so I replace the bulb immediately. The only time I turn it off is in the summer when it gets too hot during the day - but I may still use it as a night light.

Thanks for writing! I hope you will enjoy the lamp too!


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

How amazing - I've never seen or heard of them! We do have lumps of Himalayan salt lying around somewhere - the powder is used in certain dishes instead of sea salt. Love how your lamp looks :)


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hello Shalini Kagal - I've read that the Himalayan salt is a bit of a luxury here in the US - to use when preparing a meal. I love how you can find it just laying around! I've noticed it is also used to make those salt plates - I wrote a hub about it. Those are the pink blocks of salt that are cut in various geometric shapes and used as serving dishes. Looks great!

My lamp makes me feel so good! Thanks for commenting!


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

What??!! I have never heard of such a thing!! This looks wonderful!! I sooooo need one! Thanks for this information!!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome theherbivorehippi! Right now it is sitting over there in my living room near the corner and as always it is so calming and just fits right in.

Thanks for the comment - I hope you try it and like it!


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kbeaman 6 years ago from Vancouver, Washington

We love the pyramid salt lamps we use in the bedroom and kitchen. They are like giant "night lights" and help freshen the air since we live in the desert and use the air conditioning a lot. Thanks for writing about your salt lamps.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Your're welcome kbeaman and thanks for sharing your personal experience with the salt lamp. I find them so soothing and no other types of lighting seems to compare.

I'm glad you wrote!


black crystal lamp 5 years ago

I think this is the fifth blog that I visited that is about that crystal lamp. But I can't stop from reading post about that because I am very curious about it.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

All these years later and I am still satisfied black crystal lamp.

Thanks for writing!


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Under The Lamp 5 years ago

Your lamp has a relaxing blend of color. Thank you Bk Creative for presenting a calming, alternative light source.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome Under The Lamp. It is very calming. Thanks for writing.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome Under The Lamp. It is very calming. Thanks for writing.


Susanna 5 years ago

Where in Seoul?


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

In Banghwa-dong (Gangso-gu). Last stop on the purple line - one black from the subway.


shdsaltlamps@gmail.com 5 years ago

we are manufacturer of these spacial products salt lamps in Pakistan.

this is very beautiful and natural health product.

pls use it in your houses.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Yes, it is so beautiful and natural. I love my lamp. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Yay!


Viper1 5 years ago

http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/ozonegen.html

For entire report.

I'm bringing this to yhe attention ofpeoplebecause many Ozone product manufacturers don't while at the same time essentially suggesting ionizers (i.e., salt lamps, etc; are worthlessand do not postively effect dust collection,

They neglect one important fact about salt lamps: if they achieve nothing else they are

hypnotically beautiful and many individuals suggest the beauty alone quiets the mind and reduces stress.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks so much for your input viper and the link. I love my soothing light and am in the process of looking for 15w bulbs so I can be ready to enjoy it during this long cold dark winter.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

I used to joke with my husband about needing the negative ions at the seashore to maintain my equalibrium - maybe I wasn't so far wrong! The lamp looks so warm and soothing that I imagine it has psychological as well as physical benefits. Interesting hub and voted up!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks Stephanie Henkel. It is so true about the sea and the air. I also read this about walking through a forest. We just feel soooooo vibrant!

I just plugged my lamp in for the longer nights now. It is a glow that is not even distracting.

Thanks too for the vote. Yay!


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

Thank you so very much for this informative hub. I had wondered if the salt lamps really 'worked' to cleanse the air. I thought being salt, they might adsorb humidity. I do have allergies and dust mites so I may have to get myself a nice before-Christmas present! Thanks for sharing your personal experience with the salt lamps!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome frogyfish. I actually found this latest one right after Christmas at one of those chain drugstores. It was CVS. And while they usually run about $50. for this size(about 8 inches) - it was on sale for $10. Yay! Hope you find a good deal.


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Genesis 5 years ago from Canada

I saw these lamp at a natural health food store recently and was immediately attracted but had no clue they were so beneficial. I'm definitely going to invest in one! Thank you for sharing this information.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I'm so glad Genesis. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine. If I turn it off during these long dark nights, I'm aware of an empty space being left. I just need that lamp on.

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