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All the Smoke: Himalayan Salt Lamps and Humidifiers


As we experience the beauty of late summer, it is never too early to begin preparing for the change in seasons. The last few years have been rife with one respiratory outbreak after the next, with COVID-19, flu and strep throat wreaking havoc on communities nationwide. With the coming shift in weather and as the air becomes crisper and drier, it’s time to consider how we can create a healthy home environment. The Himalayan salt lamp and humidifier are powerful and cost-effective additions to our living spaces during this time. Although in the age of social media, people use the billowing mist from salt lamps and humidifiers for its aesthetic appeal, these devices offer various respiratory benefits, releasing healing smoke and mist that can truly transform our well-being.

Himalayan salt lamps have gained popularity not just for their soothing glow but also for their potential health benefits. These lamps are crafted from blocks of pink Himalayan salt, a natural mineral known for its rich mineral content, including sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. When the lamp is illuminated, it creates a warm, soft light that exudes a cozy ambiance.

However, the benefits extend far beyond aesthetics.

One of the most notable advantages of Himalayan salt lamps lies in their air purification properties. As the lamp heats up from the light bulb inside, it releases negative ions into the surrounding air. These ions can bind to pollutants and allergens, neutralizing them and making the air cleaner and more breathable. This can be especially beneficial during the fall when closed windows and indoor heating systems can lead to stagnant air and increased indoor air pollution.

Salt therapy, or halotherapy, has been used for centuries to alleviate respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies and bronchitis. Breathing in salt-infused air is believed to help clear mucus, reduce inflammation and improve overall lung function.

Humidifiers provide another form of healing smoke/mist. Using a humidifier was a game-changer when caring for my sister, who suffered from cancer. It helped her breathing and the delivery of certain medicines that were a part of her care. It was very healing. These devices emit water vapor into the air to increase humidity levels and become invaluable tools in combating the discomfort of dry skin, irritated throats and respiratory congestion. The role of a humidifier in maintaining respiratory health cannot be understated, especially during the fall when indoor heating systems tend to strip the air of moisture.

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Humidifiers release a fine mist of water vapor into the air, which increases humidity levels and helps prevent dryness in the respiratory tract. This moisture can soothe irritated nasal passages, ease congestion and promote comfortable breathing. Furthermore, maintaining optimal indoor humidity levels can reduce the risk of respiratory infections, as viruses tend to thrive in dry environments.

Placing a Himalayan salt lamp in a room alongside a humidifier creates an inviting and serene ambiance and synergizes their healing effects. As the light emits negative ions, the humidifier complements this process by adding moisture to the air, ensuring that the salt particles remain suspended for extended periods and optimizing their potential benefits for the respiratory system.

Using healing smoke/mist as part of a wellness routine is a great way to boost respiratory health as we move into a new season.

Whether the salt lamp’s gentle glow or the humidifier’s soothing mist, these tools offer a holistic approach to creating an environment that promotes well-being during the changing seasons.

Words by Kaba Abdul-Fattaah.

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