Modern Takes, Paganism

Salt of the Earth

The other day I walked into a store to just browse around. This store is known for good incense smells, groovy music, knick-knacks, and hippie clothing. With good intentions not to buy anything, I saw they were having a BOGO 50% off. Dang it!

So after browsing enough I found a body oil that smells strongly and a mini salt lamp powered by USB cord.

salt lamp

The lady trying to upsell me on various salt lamps had a lot to say about the “health benefits” of them. The box and many other literature I’ve found states that Himalayan Salt Lamps can do the following:

  1. Cleanse and deodorize the air.
  2. Reduce Allergy Symptoms
  3. Better sleep due to its negative-ions counteracting the positive ions.
  4. Increase energy levels.

One of the key things is the explanation of this salt lamp emitting “negative-ions” to counteract and absorb “positive-ions”.
The science behind these health “benefit” claims are pretty shaky.


However, I do recommend having a salt lamp around for a couple of reasons.

It’s aesthetically pretty and relaxing.

Salt lamps generally come with a light bulb or led attachment or are sometimes shaped to put candles in. The glow is mesmerizing. I find that this is a great addition to my living room and office space to bring a better zen feeling to the area.

From a Pagan standpoint its actually kind of brilliant.

“There must be something strangely sacred in salt. It is in our tears and in the sea.”― Kahlil Gibran

For many pagans and witches, salt is part of the element of earth and is known to be very grounding. Since the salt lamp is indeed made of salt (my cat likes to lick it) its safe to say that a salt lamp is a pretty good focus for helping you ground yourself before meditation.

Salt has been sacred to many cultures on this planet. Even the Roman Catholic Church recognizes it’s importance and power in holy water.

“Salt is added to water in silence after a prayer in which God is asked to bless the salt.”

It can be used for color therapy and massage rooms.

The theory behind color therapy is that color can affect healing and moods. Some studies have indicated that blue can help us feel calmer while red can help us feel hungry. Once again the soft low-light is very pleasing. Led salt lamps will now shift through the colors of the rainbow providing exposure to each color you may want.


Overall, whether salt lamps can solve health problems or are just a pretty rock, I say give them a try.  You never know what tool might work for you and if nothing else it is a pretty rock. What pagan doesn’t like pretty rocks?

 

As always, there is no one right way to do things. Experiment and let me know what you find!

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