Ever seen one of these before? These cool, glowy rock-looking lamps started popping on my feed all over the place last year. At first I thought they were just an “aesthetic” trend, but once my sister got one of these “Himalayan salt lamps” for Christmas this past year, I noticed that there might be more to these than meets the eye.
Himalayan salt lamps are more than just pretty room decorations. In fact, their name really says literally what they are: big hunks of Himalayan salt carved into lamps for your bedroom. I didn’t even know they were made of real salt until I…found out…how salty they were (don’t question my methods!!).
My curiosity piqued after discovering the saltiness (again, don’t question my methods…), I did a bit of research on these salty decorations and figured I’d share what I found out with you!
Himalayan salt lamps are made of – you guessed it – salt. What you might not have guessed are all of the health benefits that come along with it. Salt is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, removes pathogens and even reduces immune system oversensitivity. It’s also great for easier breathing as it loosens mucus to clear up your sinuses…gross, but hey, whatever works. 😛 Apparently, Himalayan salt is even used in some inhalers for asthma relief!
One of the biggest benefits these lamps are known for is air purification, and is one of the top reasons that they’re bought in the first place. Salt naturally attracts water vapor in the air, and water vapor will often bring pollutants (think mold and bacteria) along with it. However, when the water vapor makes contact with the heated lamp, the salt traps the pollutants while releasing the water vapor back into the air. As long as the lamp is turned on and stays warm, this cycle will continue.
Some more benefits of salt lamps:
neutralize electromagnetic radiation that come from TV systems, computers, appliances, etc. (do I sound smart yet?)
boost mood and improve sleep from the calming orange glow
eases asthma and other allergy symptoms
environmentally friendly light source from natural elements and typically use low wattage or are even lit with a candle
Personally, I just think that these lamps are really pretty and taste really sa– uh, I mean, they’re just great all around. Isn’t it neat to think that a magical-looking lamp is actually really healthy? If you want to pick one up for yourself, here is the top rated (over 10,000 reviews!) Amazon’s choice Himalayan salt lamp at $18.70 (if you want to do a little more shopping around, there are a lot of other lamps at lower prices too!).
Do you own a Himalayan salt lamp? What kind do you have or like the best? Have you noticed any benefits or do you know of some more that I missed? Be sure to let me know by leaving a comment! ❤
I was in a Pinterest-y mood today and decided to check out what was going on in the “essential oils tag.” And let me tell you, there was a LOT going on…it was almost overwhelming. But I was up for the challenge (not to mention that when I get into researching a topic that interests me, I tend to go into full-on-obsession mode)! I thought that it would only be polite to share what I’d learned with all of you here and give you a (hopefully comprehensive) list of some essential oils and what they do. ❤
Please keep in mind that I am not a professional doctor, therapist, etc! These are just tips that I researched from Pinterest, other internet sources, or just my own experience. 🙂
Before we get into the list, let me give you a little insight into the little magic potions that are essential oils (but be sure not to drink them like a potion…these oils are for topical use only!). www.essentialoilhaven.com gives some great beginner’s advice. According to their page, “Essential oils are the highly concentrated version of the natural oils in plants.” They go on to talk about how essential oils are used in aromatherapy and are believed to have uplifting effects on the mind.
It’s important to note that while many essential oils smell lovely, they are different from perfume oils which are chemically engineered. Essential oils are all-natural.
I honestly haven’t had much personal experience with a wide variety of essential oils, but the ones that I have used, I’ve had really good experience with. And after all my research (and with yesterday being my most recent pay day) when I go out shopping in a little while I might have to pick up a few more oils for myself. 🙂
So without further ado, let’s get started!
Please Calm Down (Lavender)
I think probably the most common and popular essential oil that most people know about is lavender. Lavender is best known for its relaxation abilities and calming properties. It is a popular ingredient in bath bombs and Epsom salt blends, and it smells really nice! (As I’m writing this I actually have lavender in my essential oil diffuser at this very moment!) Apparently you can use lavender to help with muscle tension, irritated skin, and headaches. For me, I love the smell of lavender, and it’s one of the cheapest oils out there and is available in pretty much any drugstore, so I’d highly recommend picking some up for yourself!
Rise And Shine And Actually Stay Awake (Lemon)
Lemon oil is known for energizing and helping with focus. So while you might use lavender to relax at night, it’s probably a good idea to use your lemon oil in the morning to help wake you up and focus your mind for the day ahead. It’s also known to uplift one’s mood and promote positivity. I even read that because of its benefits, it’s sometimes known as the “detox oil” – pretty fitting for this blog! 🙂
…so remember how I mentioned I was going to go shopping later? Well I actually just went and ended up grabbing some lemon essential oil…I’ll for sure be trying this out tomorrow morning!
Your Skin Will Thank You (Tea Tree)
I have actually had plenty of experience with tea tree oil! It’s pretty much a go-to for skin irritations, and for someone with sensitive skin, I find myself reaching for it whenever I want an all-natural remedy. For me, I use it as an acne treatment, and it’s fairly effective. It’s powerful stuff though, and should only be used in small doses to avoid major drying. Due to its natural cleansing properties, it can apparently be made into a variety of natural cleaners.
Add Chocolate And You’ll Smell Like Starbucks (Peppermint)
I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of peppermint, simply because I don’t like the taste or scent (unless it’s toothpaste or another sort of breath freshener). However, I know that my dislike of peppermint isn’t a common trait of most people, so I thought I’d take one for the team and include it on this list, seeing as how it’s another pretty common oil.
Peppermint oil is best known for its cooling properties along with healing a variety of aches and pains like digestive discomfort, headaches, and fevers. It seems to be a popular ingredient in essential oil blends for healing.
The Actual HP Potion That Comes From Magic Rocks (Frankincense)
Similar to peppermint, frankincense is a pretty versatile oil that is used from healing skin conditions and scarring to helping with depression and anxiety. It seems very well-rounded in its healing properties so much so that it is known as a tonic and is effective as an antiseptic (disinfectant against germs). So cleansing! I actually have never used frankincense oil before, but now I think I’ll have to get it, partly because of all its amazing uses but also because please tell me I’m not the only one who didn’t know that frankincense came from those cool little rock clumps? Like yes please I would like magic healing oil from crystals of the earth.
I Need To Give This To The Drama Queens In My Life (Clary Sage)
Clary sage is, like lemon, an excellent mood booster and promotes positivity and is used to help against anxiety and depression. It apparently can also be used as a hormone balancer and can help with cramps, PMS, and even hot flashes? :O Ladies, this one is for sure one to add to your collection (mental note to add it to mine too)! It basically seems like a great mood booster all around, especially if it can help with PMS hoo boy.
Give This To Someone If They Smelly (Lemongrass)
Lemongrass is a natural deodorizer and can be used as a helpful air freshener. It’s also good for the skin, and can be used to scent shampoos, soaps, and lotions. Along with skin, it’s also great for hair health and can not only be used to keep hair shiny and fresh, but also to reduce hair loss. Along with basically every other essential oil, it’s a stress reducer and can help with aches and pains.
Do you feel like a witch now? Or a yogini? I feel like I should be potion brewing or meditating now or something, but seeing as it’s almost 1 a.m. (oops), I should probably just be sleeping. I’ll go ahead and refill my diffuser with lavender again and get to it!
What are some of your favorite essential oils? Do you blend yours at all, and if so, what can you recommend? Leave me a comment to spread the love! ❤