Himalayan salt is a special variation of salt that is found in a specific region of Pakistan. It is mined there for its uses in numerous products. These uses include bath salts, cooking salts, and most commonly 'salt lamps'. These lamps are basically made up entirely of just a large salt crystal. There isn't much manufacturing that goes into it as it is pretty much all natural. The only modification that is made to the crystal is that a hole is cut into the middle and a light source of some kind is placed inside, which many times is colored.
The purpose of these salt lamps is to provide a night light or one for setting an intimate mood. Because of the density of the rock, most of the light from inside is shaded and only a small portion of the light is permitted. It is a very beautiful light that many people use when they want a light that is easy on the eyes and provides a dim light to an otherwise dark room.
As we are a candle company, not a light company, we will be talking about a variation of the salt lamp. A Himalayan Salt Candle is just the lamp but with a candle inside providing the light source. This is a common way for people to light up the candles as it gives a much more natural light than say a fluorescent or LED light. It also provides beautiful aromas which can set the mood even better. So if you want to learn more about these salt candles, like potential benefits and how to make a candle holder yourself, continue to read on.
As I talked about in the intro, Himalayan salt is most commonly turned into salt lamps. Salt candles are a variation where a candle is used to light the lamp, as opposed to a light bulb. There are three main variations in the style of the salt lamps, that I show above.
The one to the left is the more natural and most common style for lights. It is just a big slap of the rock cut with a smooth edge and then a wood board with a light is inserted into its bottom. While it may be the most common variation of a lamp, there is no way to insert a candle underneath it, as the hole drilled is only for a small lightbulb.
The style shown in the middle is another popular one which features decent sized cut rocks and then put into a container of sorts. Again, this one is almost always used with normal light bulbs, but I suppose you technically could take out some of the rock to make room for a candle, it would just be rather difficult. If the flame touches on of the rocks, nothing will catch fire, but the light will be gone. This style gives off the most light by far as you can tell all of the gaps within it.
Finally, the type on the right is what is known as the Himalayan salt candle. It is the finest ground Himalayan salt and it surrounds a small candle which is placed in a glass jar of any kind. I think this one is the most beautiful out of the three when lit. The solid rock provides a constant very dim light, while the other one has too many gaps and leaks out too much light. This version is designed for candles and provides a perfect balance of light in my opinion. The sides are very dim, just like the large slab of rock. However, you can see that the top projects out quite a large amount of light itself. This is the style that I will show you how to make a little bit later.
No matter the size or variation of the salt lamp, you can see that they all provide a beautiful light that would look great in any home. The pinkness of the rock is really amplified by the light and provides a warm and cozy feeling to any room.
We have talked about why most people have these salt lamps, and that is because of their light source perfect for setting the mood. However, there are also some health benefits claimed to be around them. I say claimed because there is no scientific evidence to back up any of these assertions, so take them with a grain of salt (yes, pun intended). There are so many claims about their healing powers and some seem a little far fetched to me, like it being able to treat Type 2 Diabetes. Yes, that's a real claim. I'll just go into the benefits that seem reasonable.
These salt lamps have been used by thousands of people in the region where they are found naturally and have been claimed by many to help some of the problems below. Note that these aren't exclusive for the salt candles but for any salt lamp no matter the light source that you use.
Improve Air Quality
This is the most popular claim of salt lamps and why many people buy them. The question is, how exactly does it supposedly do this? Well, the logic behind it actually has a lot more to do with science than you may have thought. Himalayan salt is what is referred to as having hygroscopic properties and therefore they can attract pollutants in the air and even help neutralize the effects of electronics. I know it may seem like a long shot, but it definitely is something that many people have noticed when first getting these lamps
The dim and colorful light seems to have a healing effect on people mentally. It has been noted that it can help fight Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), during long, gloomy, and dark months. The soft orange hues are one of the soothing colors often used to calm mood and increase focus.
Overall, they just increase relaxation. From when you are sleeping if you use it as a nightlight, or when you need to concentrate, the flicker from a Himalayan candle can do the job.
Help With Allergies
This benefit ties into the fact that they can improve air quality. If you have severe coughing or allergy problems, one of these candles may help alleviate some of the symptoms.
Keep in mind that many of these benefits will be negated if you use a paraffin wax candle. We have talked about the negatives aspects of those in several articles and we always recommend using soy or beeswax for your candles. Especially for something as natural and serene as a Himalayan salt lamp, you will definitely only want to use a natural, beautiful smelling candle, and one made with soy wax will do the job perfectly.
Making one of these salt candles yourself is an extremely easy project that can be completed by almost anyone. I'll be showing you how to make the version which I talked about that is the most common for candles.
First off, let's start with the materials you will need and where you can get them. The amount for each I provide is what you will need to make one candle, so plan accordingly if you wish to make more.
The steps for this are very simple. Just obtain your container and place the votive candle and its holder in the center. Then, carefully, fill up the container with the salt until the salt is up to the brim of the candle. Now, light your candle and you have a beautiful candle display that you made in seconds.
As you can see from the steps above, these steps are so easy and can be completed in less than a couple of minutes. The materials are also very easy to get, as you could either order them online or find them in most stores. Another great part about this candle holder that I forgot to mention is that you won't really ever need to replace the salt. Simply just remove the candle holder and replace the candle when it is done and that is the only maintenance you will ever have to do with it.
Salt lamps can be great for your home or work, providing a nice subtle light that definitely has great calming effects. Many people use them for decoration in their house, but they can also have a healing effect in a number of different ways. Add the fact that any one can easily make them for a couple of buck and in no time at all, and these Himalayan candles should be in everyone's household.
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