Do Himalayan Salt Lamps Really Work?

Over the past decade, Himalayan salt lamps have become so common they’re almost a staple in home furnishing stores and spas alike.

Mind you, they’re likely and don’t offer the benefits of an authentic Himalayan salt lamp, but their popularity is unquestionable.

Excavated from the Khewra Salt Mine in Pakistan (not the Himalayas as if often misunderstood), authentic pink Himalayan salt is a rare gem that offers a veritable laundry list of incredible benefits. None of these benefits are proven, but our customers report them to us.

These benefits could include*:

  • Reduced symptoms of asthma
  • Reduced allergies
  • Fewer colds and flus due to a reduction in airborne contaminants
  • Increase relaxation and reduced stress
  • Less damage from EMF radiation location in electronic devices like smartphones and tablets
  • Fewer headaches
  • Improved sleep quality (and less waking up at night for all those restless sleepers)
  • Overall, an improved sense of well-being

Without a doubt, this is a formidable list of benefits. How do we know Himalayan salt lamps have the power to provide such benefits? And do they really work or is it just a bunch of wishful mumbo-jumbo?

First, let’s talk about what’s inside a Himalayan salt lamp and how the combination of the lamp heat and Himalayan salt’s ionization process creates many of its incredible purported benefits.

How Do Himalayan Salt Lamps Work?

A Himalayan salt lamp starts with a block of crystallized rock salt formed within the Salt Range system in Khewra, Pakistan.

From there, an opening is carved out from the bottom of the block of Himalayan salt and a typical lamp bulb is placed inside the block from underneath with a stand at the bottom.

Once constructed, the salt lamp functions virtually identically to a typical house lamp. There are just two differences between a typical house lamp and a Himalayan salt lamp…but they’re where all the magic happens:

  1. A calm, soothing light: The soft, orangish-pink light given off by the Himalayan salt lamp has been known to trigger relaxation and a reduction in stress (in part to the fact that the orange-pink hue is known to induce relaxation in color therapy).
  2. The potential ionization process of the Himalayan salt block and the sweating of negative ions due to the lamp heat: This process is the reason for the majority of the amazing benefits of Himalayan salt lamps.

How does this potential ionization process work and how does it result in so many incredible health benefits?

To understand how this works, let’s break down what happens to the salt lamp when it’s heated. This is just a theory, but perhaps it’s true.

First, salt is hygroscopic. This means that the surface of the rock salt attracts water molecules. This is really important to understand because it’s what allows for this entire process to take place.

Next, because of the hygroscopic nature of the rock salt, water vapor which exists in the air around us is repeatedly attracted to the lamp. This is important because its this water vapor which houses a plethora of harmful pollutants such as bacteria, allergens, and mold.

Now is when the heat from the lamp combines with the Himalayan salt block to create an ionization effect.

Because the lamp is heating up the rock salt, it begins to sweat the water vapor which it has attracted. You can tell that this is happening by wiping a dry cloth or your hand against the surface of your Himalayan salt lamp (however, if you notice it never sweats, it might be fake).

But why is this so special?

First, when the salt lamp sweats the water vapor, the pollutants remain behind. This means that your salt lamp is continuously absorbing the polluted water vapor and then sweating it off in a “purified” form without any of the harmful mold, allergens, or bacteria. The water vapor gets released back into the air pure and healthy for us to breathe.

This is why so many people report to us that the quality of their breathing improves drastically almost immediately upon plugging in their Himalayan salt lamp.

However, that’s not all that this potential ionization claim may do for us. When your Himalayan salt lamp sweats off the water vapor, it might just release what are called “negative ions” into the air.

Negative ions are important because they help counteract the harmful effects of positive ions, something which we come in contact with throughout our daily lives as a result of electrical devices and appliances, so this process produces a variety of beneficial effects including an increased flow of oxygen to the body, greater alertness, and more physical energy.

An example of just a few of the benefits that this ionization process offers include:

  • Reduced damage from EMF radiation
  • Reduced nausea
  • Fewer headaches
  • Reduction in occurance of Seasonal Affective Disorder

Biofeedback Analyst Rose McClintick tested Himalayan salt lamps and found positive results for negative ions and improved sleep quality. She had this to say, “Regarding the salt lamps, I can tell you that my test shows that it has improved the negative ions. (They) will be recommended to have in bedrooms. You get both working for you, improved negative ions and a better night’s sleep.”

If this was a lot to take in, don’t worry, we’re going to break down some of the science that exists for many of the most notable health benefits of Himalayan salt lamps to put this question of, “do Himalayan salt lamps really work?”, to rest for good:

Potentially Reduced asthma symptoms

Many still don’t know this but, for several years now, a particular form of salt therapy has been used to treat symptoms of asthma. Several studies have shown unequivocally that salt therapy has positive effects on symptoms of asthma as well as bronchitis.

And if that’s not enough for you, Himalayan pink salt has actually been used in some subscription asthma inhalers for several years now.

Might reduce nausea and have fewer headaches

Several studies have shown evidence of the positives effects from negative ionization process we just discussed.

One study conducted in 1981 at the University of Surrey in England found that the air in office environments has less negative ions compared to outside (and higher the closer you get to heavy pockets of trees and other natural habitats).

Researchers added negative ions to the office environment to test their hypothesis that a higher number of negative ions in the air would lead to an increase in air quality.

Incredibly, the study concluded that participants experienced reduced nausea and fewer headaches of the study’s 12-week period.2

May reduce stress and may increase energy levels

A rarely mentioned potential benefit of Himalayan salt lamps, authentic Himalayan salt lamps have been reported by our customers to reduce stress and increase energy levels.

In color therapy, pinkish-orange hues such as that which emanates from a traditional Himalayan salt lamp is know to help reduce stress and even increase focus and energy.

To confirm this, all you have to do is read a collection of reviews on Himalayan salt lamps and you’ll be sure to see mention of this, especially the stress reduction benefits.

However, there may be even more reason why Himalayan salt lamps have such a powerful effect on our stress and energy levels. Reportedly, the negative ions that they potentially may give off increase oxygen to the brain, which can further increase energy levels and improve mood.3

If you tend to have long, hard days, then an authentic Himalayan salt lamp may be the perfect night lamp to have in your bedroom.

Not only does it help reduce stress, one of the most well-reported benefits is an improved sleep quality…

Might Improve sleep

According to a study published by Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences, negative ions improve our circadian rhythm, resulting in an improved sleep quality as well as a reduction in sleep interruptions.4

In addition, the light given off by a salt helps counteract the harmful blue light given off by electronic devices such as smartphones, laptop computers, and T.V.s which halts the production of melatonin in the brain, making our brain believe that it’s still daylight and halting important processes involved in getting a good night’s sleep.

Powerful Stories: The Real-Life Benefits of Pink Himalayan Salt Lamps

The science behind negative ionization and Himalayan salt lamps is compelling, but perhaps more compelling are the great number of positive accounts of the benefits of Himalayan salt lamps by regular people like you and I.

Check out just a few of the incredible stories from people who have used our authentic Himalayan salt lamps to transform their health:

“I got one of these lamps and one that plugs into the wall as a gift from my daughter. It is awesome, I am getting the best sleep that I have had in a long time. I use to wake up 3 or 4 times during the night, now I don’t wake up until it is time to get up.”

– Darlene

“I love my light. It puts off an amazing glow. I have it in my bedroom and can tell it has helped my breathing. I have asthma and can tell the difference in my breathing. I love the glow it puts out also. Just enough to be restful. My light has an adjustment on how high the glow is. I would recommend it to anyone. Thumbs up.”

– Martha

“I love this lamp! I can breathe again & don’t wake up in the middle of the night! Don’t know what more to say…”

– Mary

“I absolutely love my unique salt lamp! I sleep with it every night right next to my bed and I can honestly say that I have been getting a more restful night’s sleep with it. Plus the warm glow from the lamp is beautiful. Highly recommend. Plan to get a couple more very soon.”

– Helen

Clearly the power and benefit of authentic pink Himalayan salt lamps is unquestionable. So, at this point, you might be wondering:

  1. Where do I get an authentic, high-quality Himalayan salt lamp?
  2. And how do if one is high-quality, low-quality, or fake?

How to Identify a High-Quality Salt Lamp

Himalayan salt lamps are (generally) highly affordable, so if you’re looking for a high-quality, authentic Himalayan salt lamp, look for these features to make sure you’re getting the highest quality lamp:

  1. The origin needs to be Khewra mine, Pakistan: If the site or store you’re shopping at lists a different country of origin, or worse, doesn’t list one at all then it’s likely fake and won’t perform that same as an authentic Himalayan salt lamp.
  2. Color: The color should be a strong pinkish-orange. If the salt lamp is either red or white, it’s likely fake.
  3. Bulb: The head produced by newer LED bulbs isn’t enough to cause the ionization effect, so make sure the bulb being used is a traditional incandescent or other hot bulb.
  4. Surface area: The surface area of the lamp should be rough but wet. The rougher the surface area the more stronger the hygroscopic the rock salt is. Plus, you want to make sure the surface area is occasionally wet. If the lamp never sweats, it’s probably fake.  

Experience the power of Himalayan salt lamps for yourself

There’s no hard proof, but Himalayan salt lamps could really work.

From reported reduced asthma symptoms and fewer allergies to reduced stress and improved sleep, authentic Himalayan salt lamps offer countless reported (by our customers) benefits.

But don’t take our word for it, get your own Himalayan salt lamp and begin experiencing the incredible benefits for yourself first-hand and see what others have experienced.

Imagine the ability to reduce your seasonal allergies, get your asthma under control, or finally get a good night’s sleep. A high-quality, authentic Himalayan salt lamp can do just that.

There are a lot of bad imitations out there that promise the same benefits as real Himalayan salt lamps, but nothing can offer what a real Himalayan salt lamp with rock salt straight from the Khewra mines in Pakistan can offer.

And we should know, we’ve had authentic Himalayan salt lamps in our own homes for years. That’s why, at Origin Salt, we offer the highest quality and most authentic pink Himalayan salt lamps available.

Our salt lamps use Himalayan salt sourced straight from the Salt Range system in Khewra, Pakistan. You can rest easy knowing any and every Himalayan salt product you get from us is 100% authentic and high-quality.

In addition, with every purchase you get:

  • Secure checkout and buyer protection
  • Professional packing and shipping (a lot of companies mess this up, salt lamps are delicate!)
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee (if you’re not happy, return your order within 30 days for a full refund)
  • Real, authentic Himalayan pink salt

To get your own authentic pink Himalayan salt lamp for your home or office click here.

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  1. Saltcave.co.uk, List of Studies
  2. Perez V, Alexander DD, Bailey WH. Air ions and mood outcomes: a review and meta-analysis. BMC Psychiatry. 2013;13:29. doi:10.1186/1471-244X-13-29.
  3. Denise Mann, WebMD. Negative Ions Create Positive Vibes.
  4. Reilly T., Stevenson I.C. An investigation of the effects of negative air ions on responses to submaximal exercise at different times of day. Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences, School of Human Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, England. 1993 Jun;22(1):1-9.

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