As you may recall from my salt lamp post, I’ve been an allergy sufferer all of my life. At my worst, several times a week I would have prolonged sneezing fits, my nose would get drippy and red, my eyes would itch.
I would blame the pollution of Manila except that I would also get the allergy in the relatively cleaner air of Cebu City. In contrast, I would not get allergy attacks while I was abroad.
I don’t know what exactly in the environment of the Philippines I’m allergic to.
I live in the Philippines and have had a salt lamp in my bedroom for over 10 years. The lamp did not help with my allergy but I keep it anyway.
It’s humid all the time in the Philippines and this humidity can take its toll on a salt lamp.
Even turning off the light inside overnight can cause moisture to form on the lamp. You can feel the slickness on the lamp the next day.
In turn this moisture causes the salt lamp to slowly decay or crumble. You’ll find salt crystals at the base of your lamp even after the light inside was switched off only overnight.
Thus, some tips to ensure your salt lamp maintains its shape in a humid climate:
1. Always leave the light on. Even when there’s no one in the room, leave the salt lamp on. (Make up the constant energy use to the environment in some other way.)
2. If for some reason you can’t leave the light on, or can’t ensure that it will be on all the time, wrap the salt lamp in a plastic bag.
3. You can lightly wet the salt lamp (I’ve even licked mine once) without any adverse effects. If you want to give your lamp a good scrubbing you can do so with a wet toothbrush.
I’ve had a salt lamp in my bedroom for over 10 years now. I’ve been an allergy sufferer (constant sneezing which can go on for the entire day and into the next) since childhood and I got a salt lamp when I heard it can prevent or reduce allergy attacks.
Aside from reducing allergies, salt lamps are supposed to elevate mood and generally clean the air.
All of the beneficial effects of salt lamps are supposedly because the lamps produce negative ions which in turn induce all of the good things ascribed to the lamps.
So, did the salt lamp help to prevent or reducing my allergies?
Sadly, it did not. I did not observe any decrease in the frequency or severity of my allergy attacks with the salt lamp in my room.
As I mentioned, I’ve had the lamp for more than 10 years so it can’t be said I’m jumping the gun on this conclusion.
Research into salt lamps has shown that it is true that they produce negative ions. However this production is so minuscule as to have no effect on the environment around the lamp.
That said, I still keep the salt lamp in my room as it does have a pretty orange hue to it and I do find it relaxing to look at.
Moreover I was lucky enough to find a salt lamp which has a grinning face, the designer seems to have had a sense of humor. The lamp’s cheerful grin always manages to elicit at least a chuckle from me.
Maintaining a salt lamp can be a little tricky in a humid environment but I find it worthwhile.