Do Himalayan Salt Lamps Help with Allergies, Asthma, and Autism?

Himalayan salt lamps have been hailed as unbelievable health tools, offering a slew of benefits.

And while this might sound unbelievable, the science about negative ionization and Himalayan salt lamps may say otherwise.

But more than that, the stories we hear every day from real owners of our authentic Himalayan salt lamps speaks for itself. Check out what Mary has to say about our salt lamps:

“I love this lamp! I can breathe again & don’t wake up in the middle of the night!”

But when it comes to all the great benefits of Himalayan salt and Himalayan salt lamps, the ones we get asked about the most are always: allergies, asthma, and autism. Please note the below should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your healthcare practitioner before stopping or starting any new therapy. 

Each of these conditions, varying in quality and intensity, are the kind of things that can affect our entire life. So, it goes without saying that people would be pretty excited to hear that there is a simple and easy tool that can be used to help improve the quality of our experiences or better manage said condition.

How Do Himalayan Salt Lamps Work?


First, before we get to these potential incredible benefits, what exactly is a Himalayan salt lamp? And how do they work?

For those unfamiliar, a Himalayan salt lamp is essentially a big block of rock salt that comes from a very specific place on Earth (that is, the Salt Range system in Khewra, Pakistan) that gets stuck on top of a light bulb.

Pretty simple, right? Deceptively so.

You see, the power in an authentic Himalayan salt lamp is in what happens when the properties of this rare rock salt combine with the heat of the light bulb.

The theory is this: Himalayan salt is hygroscopic 1, which means that it attracts water vapor from the surrounding air. Once it does that, the heat from the bulb makes the rock salt sweat the water vapor away, sending it back off into the air.

What’s important about this process is that the water vapor which the Himalayan rock salt attracts often has harmful substances such as bacteria and mold. But when the rock salt sweats the water vapor, it leaves behind those harmful pollutants, leaving the purified water vapor to enter back into the air and cleaning the air in turn.

In addition, during this process, the rock salt has been said to release negative ions, which help to counterbalance the existence of too many positive ions in the air, the cause of many negative effects such as nausea, headaches, and even reduced sleep quality. Of course, there is still no scientific validity to this negative ion research. 

It’s this combination of the hygroscopic process where water vapor is continuously cleansed along with the natural ionization from the Himalayan salt lamp that could allow for several significant health benefits and to serve as useful tools for chronic physical and mental health conditions such as asthma, seasonal allergies, and even helping manage the effects of autism.

How Himalayan salt lamps may help with: Allergies

Pink Himalayan salt lamps could offer many incredible benefits, but of all those benefits, the power to cleanse the air of harmful pollutants such as mold and bacteria is one of the most notable. Of course, it may or may not cleanse the air. We still need scientific studies supporting this. 

As we just discussed, in theory, the hygroscopic ability of Himalayan salt removes pollutants from the water vapor it attracts, cleansing the air by releasing the same water vapor but leaving behind the harmful pollutants. This process is continuous, offering a constant, natural purification of the air in your home or office.

How Himalayan salt lamps may help with: Asthma

In addition to helping manage allergies, Himalayan salt lamps can help reduce symptoms of asthma.

This is one of the most documented benefits and the results are extremely consistent in both scientific studies and personal testimonials we’ve seen from our own family of customers. But for now, the science needs to catch up and we can only say that our customers report this relief. 

The reason for this is likely because the hygroscopic and ionization process both could help improve symptoms of asthma in their own way.

First, the hygroscopic process could clean the air of allergens and various forms of bacteria, which users report creates a noticeable difference in air quality almost as soon as they plug in their new lamps.

In addition, the ionization process seems to have an additional effect on asthma-related symptoms (thoughts are currently that the heightened number of negative ions help reduce the buildup of phlegm in the lungs, a primary cause of asthma in some). There is still science that needs to catch up though. 

In The Ion Effect by Fred Soyka, Soyka tells of a study conducted in 1966 at a hospital in Jerusalem.2 As part of the study, 38 infants suffering from respiratory problems were split up, half staying in regular hospital conditions, the other half staying in an area where a negative ion generator was used.

“The researchers reported that negative ions– without any other treatment– seemed to cure attacks of asthma and bronchitis more quickly than drugs, antibiotics included…children treated with negative ions were less prone to rebound attacks.”

However, salt lamps may or may not create negative ions. A lot of our customers report that they do though.

How Himalayan salt lamps may help with: Autism

Unbelievably, Himalayan salt lamps may also help manage the underlying biological events associated with autism.

Autism is generally viewed as a behavioral condition, however, those who are autistic also experience biological “disturbances” that make them sensitive to the effects of electromagnetic frequency (or EMF) radiation exposure.

EMF has been linked with fatigue, lower immune function, and several serious conditions such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.3 Unfortunately, EMF is emitted from electronic devices such as T.V.s, smartphones, tablets, and computers, so it’s more prominent than ever and has become a quickly growing health concern over the past several years.

So, how does this tie together with Himalayan salt? EMF could release positive ions into the atmosphere, which is the main cause of the various EMF-related symptoms. Because Himalayan salt lamps continuously release negative ions into the air, balancing out the positive ions released by our electronic devices, they could serve as a sort of guard against the effects of EMF exposure.

We’ve received a lot of customer feedback suggesting that they see all sorts of benefits from these lamps, but it is all still yet to be proven with science.

Bring the cleansing power of authentic Himalayan salt into your home

Whether it’s seasonal allergies, asthma, or managing the underlying biological effects of autism through guarding against EMF, an authentic Himalayan salt lamp could offer several incredible and potentially life-changing benefits.

For years, we’ve could have benefited from the power authentic Himalayan salt. That’s why we created our product line at Origin Salt, so that we could tell more people about the incredible unproven benefits of this rare and beautiful natural resource– and bring you only the best, highest quality Himalayan salt straight from the source.

Still unsure if a Himalayan salt lamp is for you? We get it. That’s why we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee backed up by a 30-day full return policy.

So, if you or someone you love suffers from seasonal allergies or asthma or you care someone with special needs, give it a try and see how it works for you. It can’t hurt, it’s a lamp. 

You’ve got nothing to lose– get your own authentic Himalayan salt lamp today.

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  1. Hygroscopy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hygroscopy
  2. The Ion Effect by Fred Soyka, Bantam, 1983.
  3. Milham, S. and Morgan, L. L. (2008), A new electromagnetic exposure metric: High frequency voltage transients associated with increased cancer incidence in teachers in a california school. Am. J. Ind. Med., 51: 579–586. doi:10.1002/ajim.20598

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