In case you haven't checked Instagram or Pinterest in the last year and a half, let me bring you up to speed. Himalayan salt lamps have gained popularity in recent years. These lamps are one of the latest home decor trends, thanks to their interesting appearance and pleasant light, but similar to crystals, some people swear that salt lamps have actual health benefits.

Do they work?

That depends on who you ask. People that believe salt lamps have health benefits swear that the lamps produce "negative ions" which can apparently help clean air, clear skin, reduce anxiety and more.

Scientifically, they're completely incorrect. No negative ions are produced from salt lamps, and even if they did somehow, negative ionization doesn't really do much for your health.

What is absolutely, unequivocally true about Himalayan salt lamps is that they look really, really cool. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. They're a great way to add interest to your home decor, and the light they emit is so soft it can be used as a nightlight or just to add some nice ambiance to a room.

So should you get one?

Luckily, they're so popular now that they've become pretty affordable. There are approximately one bazillion salt lamps on Amazon, and prices start at $9.99. As just one example, this model looks awesome. It actually has chunks of salt in a little basket, and it's only $13 as of press time. It also has stellar customer reviews. You could also opt for a more traditional salt lamp or an even more unique design. The options are almost endless.

If you like the way that these look or you want to try and test one out, then by all means, treat yourself. Sure, maybe there's no scientific evidence whatsoever that they'll benefit your health in any way, shape, or form, but if resting by a pinkish light would make you feel better, then why not drop $20 and live your life? I spend that much on coffee every few days, so I'd never judge you for that. Worst case scenario, you have a sweet lamp that'll start some interesting conversations.

What I'd really like is a lamp that can do work for me so I can sit around and play video games all day. Get it together, Jeff Bezos.

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