Himalayan Salt Candle Holders: Benefits, Precautions and Best Brands
A salt rock candle holder is a smaller version of the popular Himalayan salt lamps. But can they clean the air and do they provide any benefits?
There are a wide variety of salt candles available and this guide has where to find them, both at the best value and the most distinctive designs.
Also ahead, the best wax candles to use in Himalayan salt tealight holders, an important precaution, and a comparison between salt crystal candle holders and regular salt lamps.
What is a Himalayan Salt Candle Holder?
A salt rock candle holder is made of the same mineral-rich Himalayan salt as the more common pink salt crystal lamps.
Unlike a salt lamp though, Himalayan salt tealight holders are heated by a small candle placed inside a hole made at the top, rather than a light bulb underneath.
Salt lamp candles are carved from much smaller blocks of Himalayan rock salt than regular salt lamps and are usually sold in pairs or sets.
These pink crystal candles are certainly beautiful to look at. Are there any benefits to using salt candle holders though? And if so, what are the best ones to buy for your home?
The Best Pink Salt Candles
For the best value salt crystal candle holders, have a look at the customer pictures and positive reviews for this pretty collection of 6 in amber or white and at a surprisingly low price for so many.
For a more unique look, see the range of crystalline tea light holders from salt lamp specialists SoWell, in pink crystal stars, lotus flowers, amber salt cubes, Yin Yang, and my favorite, the stunning polished globes.
Salt Candle Benefits
Here are 3 beneficial effects of using Himalayan salt lamp candle holders in your home:
1. Reducing anxiety, improving relaxation and enhancing your mood.
Pink salt candle holders are best used with all electrical lights in the room switched off. Providing a soft amber glow they immediately change the spectrum of light entering your eyes and help you to relax.
2. Help you to wind down in the evening and get to sleep more easily.
In a related benefit, using salt candles as your light source in the evening before bed can help you to feel drowsy and get to sleep more easily.
Fluorescent lighting and the light from TVs, tablets and smartphone screens are high in artificial blue light. This blue light disrupts proper sleeping patterns.
On the other hand, the gentle orange glow of salt candle holders is very low in the blue spectrum. This makes it the ideal lighting for winding down before bed and preparing your body for sleep.
3. Air cleaning properties and negative ions.
Like regular salt lamps, a salt crystal candle holder is hygroscopic. This means it attracts water vapor from the surrounding air onto its surface.
This water vapor carries indoor air pollution, such as particulate matter, germs, mold spores, pollen, dust mite waste products and other contaminants.
Once attracted to the salt crystals, these pollutants remain trapped there, while the heat from the candle releases the purified water back into the air.
Like Himalayan salt lamps, the candle holders do release small amounts of beneficial negative ions into the air as well.
Realistically though, one of these true corona discharge negative ionizers are thousands of times more effective at ion generation.
The air purification properties and amounts of negative ions produced by heated Himalayan crystal salt is directly related to its surface area.
Given this, you’d need quite a few pink salt candles in a room to match the air cleaning potential of just one of these best salt lamps.
The Best Wax Candles to Use in Himalayan Salt Tea Light Holders?
There is a big problem with promoting the benefits of salt candle holders, as many brands do, and then suggesting regular tea lights be used in them.
The paraffin wax used to make most cheap tea lights has been found to release toxic particles into the air. While Himalayan salt’s hygroscopic properties might reduce these airborne particulates, this is hardly a healthy option.
A far better choice is to use the much cleaner burning beeswax candles, like these highly rated and 100% natural ones.
They are non-toxic, burn for much longer and may even release small amounts of negative ions into the air inside your home.
Pink Salt Lamps Versus Himalayan Salt Candles
Salt rock candle holders look beautiful placed around your lounge room, bedroom and other living spaces in your home. You would need quite a few of them though to match the air cleaning properties of a regular sized salt light.
This pretty 6 set of pink ones would make for an inexpensive start and many people prefer having multiple salt lamp candles lighting up different parts of a room.
Himalayan pink salt rock candles may be best used for special occasions, when you really need to relax, and for preparing for bed in the evening.
Have you used Himalayan salt candle holders before and if so did you notice any benefits from them? I’d be interested to read your comments and which ones you like the best.