If you've been in any home decorating store in the past couple of years, you know that Himalayan salt lamps are all the rage right now. Not just because they cast a gorgeous light (which they do), but because they could have a wide range of benefits, according to some natural health practitioners. But whether you're into them for the health aspect or because they're trendy AF, you'll be happy to know you can snag those trendy salt lamps for more than 50 percent off on Amazon right now, as part of the site's pre-Black Friday deals.
Yep — you can snag your very own hand-carved pink Himalayan salt lamp for less than $20, down half from the usual $40. Since the lamps are hand-carved, they vary in size, weight, and in the minutia of their shapes, though overall they appear fairly uniform.
Because of the minor changes from handmaking, you could be receiving an Amazon-shipped lamp that weighs anywhere from seven to 11 pounds, and around eight or nine inches tall. Each lamp comes with a neem wood base, a light bulb, and a fire-safe, heat-resistant dimmer so you've got complete control over how bright the lamp gets.
These super lovely lamps are on sale as part of Amazon's Countdown to Black Friday, which, of course, gives shoppers a chance to grab deals before the day after Thanksgiving (and the following Monday, aka Cyber Monday, when Amazon will roll out a bevy of even more deals). If you've been on the fence about buying a salt lamp for your home or office, now's your opportunity to try a high-quality one at an affordable price.
Natural Himalayan Hand Carved Pink Crystal Salt Lamp, $17 (was $40), Amazon
As for the benefits of having a salt lamp around, some natural health practitioners claim that salt lamps emit what's known as "negative ions." According to Dr. Pierce J. Howard, writing for WebMD, negative ions, which occur naturally in the environment, "increase the flow of oxygen to the brain, resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy." This is the reason why, if you're sick to your stomach or just generally feeling unwell, opening a window can make you feel better.
Some practitioners also claim that salt lamps cleanse the air, reducing allergens and easing the strain of asthma, but allergist Dr. Julie Kuriakose told TODAY that buyers shouldn't invest all their hopes into these claims, as they're currently unsubstantiated. "I have never once in my career recommended a salt lamp to a patient," Kuriakose said. "I'm not saying it doesn't work; it's just not very well-studied."
But totally legit benefits can come from the warm, natural glow of the lamps. There are documented benefits for people who use sunlight therapy lamps, especially folks who use them in the winter to ward off downswings from seasonal depression. Dr. Svetlana Kogan, who specializes in holistic and integrative medicine, told TODAY that "the pure aesthetic of [salt lamps] is beautiful," and TODAY added that "it's not crazy to think the orange or pinkish glow can be calming and relaxing."
If nothing else, the salt lamps' gentle light brings back memories of summer campfires and sunsets, two things we'll surely be missing as we head into the deep of winter, where we'll have to put up with 9 a.m. sunrises and 4:30 p.m. sunsets. You don't have to hang all your faith on salt lamps' storied health benefits to enjoy them — they're beautiful no matter what.
Remember, this deal, along with other Countdown to Black Friday sales, will only last till Nov. 24, so you've got exactly two weeks to get in on it. You can check out the deeply discounted lamps on Amazon here, and see the rest of the pre-holiday deals here.