Do Salt Lamps Really Improve Your Indoor Air Quality?

September 15, 2019

Himalayan salt lamps are beautiful décor items. They feature a natural look and a soft pink glow. However, some proponents claim that these lamps also clean the air by releasing useful negative ions into the room. Read on to learn if this may be possible.

About Air Ionization

There are studies showing that negative air ionization benefits human health. In a study on the seasonal affective disorder, high-intensity negative ion treatments decreased chronic depression and seasonal affective disorder in some people. For the study, researchers created negative air ionization using a machine that added an electron to oxygen molecules. This formed a negative ion. Nature creates them with sunlight, ocean waves, and even radiation. According to research, these ions increase the amount of oxygen that’s in a person’s bloodstream.

Do Himalayan salt lamps produce negative ions? Right now, there are no official studies on the ability of the lamps to produce them. If they do produce ions, then they are different than the ones used for mental health studies. The Negative Ion Information Center tried to test the number of ions that a typical Himalayan salt lamp released. The center discovered that the emissions were too low to measure.

Tested Ways to Improve Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality

While we think that Himalayan salt lamps are nice, a proven way to improve the indoor air quality in your home is to install an air-purifying system or even just add a few air purifiers around your home. Houseplants are a natural way to improve your home’s indoor air quality. Along with increasing the amount of oxygen inside your home, they absorb volatile organic compounds and other dangerous chemicals from the air. It’s also a good idea to open windows occasionally.

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