Just like certain things in your home add stress to your life (hello, clutter), other items promise to reduce anxiety. And, honestly, who couldn’t use that? Well, that’s part of the reason himalayan salt lamps have become so popular as of late — not to mention they’re totally dreamy. Here’s everything you should know before picking up a salt statement of your own.
1. They’ve been around since the 1980s.
You know how they say trends always come back in style? This lamp is proof. They were first popular back in the ’80s and have resurfaced as of late, likely because of their supposed health benefits and relaxing vibe — something our tech-obsessed society needs big time.
2. They have some serious health benefits — supposedly.
Just like the air after a lightning storm feels clean and fresh, these lamps claim to cleanse the air, too. They generate negative ions, which neutralize toxins that cloud the air we breathe. As a result, you can expect them to boost your mood and improve allergies.
3. The darker the pink, the higher the quality.
Generally speaking, if your lamp is light pink or has visible black deposits in the stone, it was likely mined from a lower-quality crystal salt, according to Negative Ionizers.
4. Thousands were recalled this year.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the dimmer or switch of three different styles sold under the brand Lumière can overheat, posing shock and fire risks. So make sure to look before you buy one of these designs.
5. People can’t get enough of them.
We can’t tell you how many times we’ve scrolled past these lamps in our Instagram feed and seen positive hashtags like #MeTime or #Zen in the caption. And, for the record, we agree. This content is imported from Instagram. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, on their website.
6. They do produce a lot of dust.
The reason these lamps cleanse the air is because the negative ions they produce attach themselves to dust, pollen and dirt, which makes these particles heavier and more likely to drop onto the nearest surface. So you might find yourself grabbing your microfiber cloth more often.
7. They also sweat as they work.
Since negative ions also attract moisture in the air, your lamp might leave a salt or water ring on your table after using it. To avoid this, keep your lamp on a coaster or a surface that can withstand moisture.
8. They come in all shapes and sizes.
Even though you’re probably most familiar with the oval-shaped lamp on a wooden base, they also come as a cube, a hexagon and even chunks of rock in a basket.
9. But they aren’t one-size-fits-all.
If you want to purify the air in a big room, you need a larger lamp — and vice versa for a small room. If you only care about one area where you spend the most time in a room, like by your pillow in your bedroom, you can just keep a small lamp near that spot.
10. They always set the mood.
There’s nothing like the glow of a pink and orange stone to set a relaxing vibe in your home. If you want a grown-up nightlight, look no further. These lamps are also ideal for bedtime reading when you want to ease yourself to sleep kindly.