These days many people talk about the Himalayan salt lamp benefits and if they really work or not. Some think this is a hoax. And other believe in research. But if you are new to this topic, probably you are asking yourself what is a salt lamp, what is made of, what is used for and what is good for?

Salt lamps are made of Himalayan salt rock crystals. The rock crystals are mostly mined at the Khewra Salt Mine in Khewra, Jhelum District, Punjab. It is situated in the foothills of the Salt Range hill system in the Punjab province of the Pakistan Indo-Gangetic Plain.

People like them because they emit soft and natural light. Due to the natural orange-golden glow they create an elegant accent and relaxing atmosphere in every room. The glow resembles the sunlight at sunrise and sunset. Therefore it directly affects your emotional and spiritual state, bringing a feeling of warmth and coziness.

Himalayan salt rock lamp emiting sunset light

When the bulb under the Himalayan salt rock is lit, it immediately shows the beautiful and rich colors it is know for. They create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in every home. Except that there are number of health benefits.

Himalayan salt lamp benefits for your health

Salt lamps are good for generating negative ions which improve mood and energy levels. The soft , natural they give off is close enough to the warm glow of sunshine. This is one of the reasons that they can even help to relieve the symptoms of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).

If you have a salt lamp at home, know that this is the best natural air ionizer in the world. Not only this but the Himalayan salt lamp benefits are numerous. This includes immunity boost, sleep improvement and migraine relief. For example, if you place a lamp next to a TV or monitor (do not place it on), its effect through the electromagnetic field is approximately in the 100-160Hz zone. However, our brain waves produce only 8 Hz, depending on Schumann’s resonance frequency. As a result we expose our bodies to up to 20 times higher frequency patterns. And the effects of this exposure are nervousness, insomnia and lack of concentration. In addition, more free radicals accumulate in the body.  But the negative ions connect with excess positive ions and neutralize them.

Here are more examples. If you place salt lamp in your room, it will clean your sinus while you sleep. This can happen because our body’s protective powers are at rest and are most susceptible to the Himalayan salt lamp influence. It can also reduce the amount of electromagnetic pollution that is invariably contained in the air in your work rooms, the dust content and the airborne viruses and bacteria. Or you can place it on your desk when you need a higher concentration at work.

Take a look at the pink Himalayan salt benefits, use and composition.

Bio energy therapists and homeopaths recommend them to aid in the treatment of allergies, respiratory and circulatory diseases, and rheumatism. Because of their color they are also used in chromotherapy. The soothing light helps people suffering from neurosis and insomnia.

Note: the results of the negative ion generation may take about a week to be noticed.

How does the Himalayan salt lamp work?

It absorbs water and particles from the air. By doing that it takes positive ions with them. When the lamp is switched on, the crystal heats and releases cleansed water vapor back into the air. It also expels negative ions which have opposite effect on our breathing.

The Himalayan salt lamp work in a similar manner to an air purifier or an ionizer. It kill bacteria and remove dust, allergens, smoke, odors, germs and mold spores. But how does this happen? When the bulb under the Himalayan salt crystal is lit,  it warms it up and a process of absorbing the moisture in the air starts. We call this “hygroscopicity“. Therefore, the crystal becomes wet on the surface. Then it evaporate. This creates an negative ion field, sometimes called “air vitamins”. That way the positively charged atmosphere of the room is being neutralized.

How to choose and where to place your salt rock lamp

 Himalayan salt lamp relax room

When it comes to choosing salt rock lamp, the area it should be placed of ​​action is determined by the size of the crystal. Smaller ones are suitable for an average bedroom. Larger ones are more suitable for rooms such as the living room or the office. Sometimes people can not find the right size for their room. But always remember that you can use several smaller lamps with the same effect. For small rooms or if you want to have a variety in your collection, consider adding Himalayan salt candles as well.

Recommended places to put the lamp?

You can place the Himalayan lamps in many different places throughout the home. Here are just a few of the most common and recommended locations:


Salt lamps placed next to the bed

Placing a lamp inside your bedroom will help to purify the air of dust and many other impurities. Fresh air is important to have inside your bedroom because it is after all the place you spend most of your day (or night). Apart from the air purification, it also helps to counteract harmful positive ions that may be released in your bedroom if you have things like computer monitors or televisions running. If you study in your room, the negative ions help to increase concentration, boost work productivity and reduce fatigue.

Family Room

Placing a lamp inside of your family room helps to purify the air and counteract the harmful positive ions released from your television. The beautiful, orange glow the lamp emits also helps to provide everyone with a more relaxing atmosphere.

Near an Allergy Sufferer

Placing a lamp beside someone with allergies helps to reduce their symptoms. The negative ions released from the lamp neutralize allergy causing particles (most commonly positive ions). This include dust, pollen, animal dander, cigarette smoke, air-borne pollutants, etc.

Child’s bedside

For a baby or young child, a nice, orange glowing salt lamp is very healthy to have by their bedside while they sleep.

Places to avoid placing your lamp

Remember that the salt crystals will begin to melt if you expose them to high humidity. So, avoid placing your lamp in any place with an excessive amount of moisture, including your bathroom or outside. Also, do not place your lamp on top of any electrical appliances including your television.

Himalayan salt lamp shape, color and size.

The Himalayan salt lamps can be different in shape, color and. There are several most common shapes that you will see on the market:


The rock they are created of is pink in color. However they can emit white, yellow, orange and red color. According to color therapists, these colors have a particular impact on the different systems in the human body:

  • Red warms and stimulates the body as a whole.
  • Orange activates the reproductive and excretory system
  • Yellow normalizes the digestive system.
  • White is a neutral color that has a harmonizing effect on the whole human body.

In sized the lamps can vary from 2-3kg to 25-30kg. Depending on their size they have different perimeter of action.

Approximate dimensions

Perimeter of action

Different lamp sizes will have different optimal perimeter of action. Before you buy your lamp make a quick calculation what size of a lamp you need depending on the place you have to put it. Of course this doesn’t mean that it will not work for your whole room. It will because the negative ions will spread. The chart below shows the optimal perimeter of action of the lamp when it is switched on and when switched off. Alternatively, if you do not want to buy big lamp, you can combine several small salt lamps or salt candle holders in a room.

Perimeter of action

Should you keep your salt rock lamp on all of the time?

For optimal results, it is recommended to keep your lamp running at all times so that it can continue to ionize the air throughout the day and night. However, it is very dangerous to leave electricity running while being unattended. For this reason, it is recommended that you do not keep your lamp turned on if you leave the house or have to leave your lamp unattended for a long amount of time.

Is it expensive to keep the lamp turned on most of the time?

The Himalayan salt lamps use a very low wattage bulb (approx. 7-15 watts, or 40 watts for extra large sizes). The new energy-efficient light bulbs actually operate at approximately 15 watts, which is very insignificant compared to the regular bulbs most people still use in their homes today. Since this is a very insignificant amount of energy being used, you should not notice any increase in your electrical bill if your they are kept running throughout most of the day.

I sometimes taste salt when I lick my lips. Does this commonly occur and is it safe?

There have been a few people who have told us this. All of these people have a water fountain or humidifier near their salt lamp and therefore have a greater circulation of water particles throughout the air. This is not unhealthy and should not cause any problems, unless of course you do not like tasting salt on your lips!

Is it safe for me to leave the lamp running beside my bed throughout the entire night?

We recommend leaving the lamp running as long as possible, however just like any electrical device, it is not advisable to leave running while unattended.
Placing a lamp beside your bed while you sleep is one of the most recommended ways to effectively take advantage of the benefits it provides. Leaving the lamp running in your bedroom while you sleep is an excellent and natural way to purify the air with a similar scent to that of a thunderstorm. Apart from the natural purification benefits Himalayan salt lamps provide, the negative ions that are released also help to energize our bodies and at the same time provide a calm and relaxing mood due to the beautiful, warm orange glow the lamp emits.

How do you clean a salt lamp?

Wipe the lamp with a damp (not soaking wet) towel or sponge in order to remove dust. Once cleaned, dry the lamp with a paper towel or turn on the lamp for a while.

Place a natural gift from Mother Nature over 200,000 years ago! The Himalayan salt lamp health benefits will help you if you need. Put it in the office next to the computer, during massage or meditation, in smoky places, in the nursery. Or wherever you want a fresh air, a soothing atmosphere where you want to enjoy the beauty of the Himalayan crystals.