Himalayan Salt Lamp Benefits + Real vs. Fake Salt Lamps

May 18, 2018
Himalayan salt lamp - Dr. Axe

What on Earth is a Himalayan salt lamp? Himalayan sea salt is believed to be composed of dried remnants of the original, primal sea dating back to planet Earth’s creation. I’ve talked before about the health benefits of Celtic sea salt and Himalayan salt, but what if I told you that there are actually lamps made from Himalayan salt?

It’s true! They’re called salt lamps or salt rock lamps, and yes, they’re actually made from pink Himalayan salt and are able to light your surroundings — but they’re really not bought for their moderate lighting abilities. There are major claims that a Himalayan salt lamp does much more than provide you with a pretty glow. Himalayan salt lamp benefits supposedly include decreasing air pollution, negative ions and electrosmog caused by electronic devices in addition to symptom reduction for people suffering from from asthma, allergies and other illnesses.

Are there really healthy Himalayan salt lamp benefits, or are they just a glowing, earthy addition to your home? And how can you tell if your salt lamp is the real deal or a fake? I’m glad you asked.

What Is a Himalayan Salt Lamp and Does It Work?

Real Himalayan salt lamps are actually solid blocks of Himalayan salt that have been hand-carved. Deep underground mines in Khewra, Pakistan, located on the western edge of the Himalayan Mountains, are the only source of true Himalayan pink salt. The color of Himalayan salt lamps ranges from a light pink to a pinkish orange with the hue a result of the mineral concentration. Within the hollowed-out center of this block of salt is a light bulb that emits both light and heat. A salt lamp is not a lamp at all if it doesn’t have the light and heat source within it. Without that, it’s just a block of salt.

Salt is hygroscopic, which means it attracts water molecules to itself. Being the big hunk of salt that it is, a Himalayan salt lamp is believed to work by attracting the water molecules. This water vapor can also carry indoor air pollutants like mold, bacteria and allergens. Once the water vapor comes in contact with the salt lamp, the pollutants are believed to remain trapped in the salt. Since the lamp is heated, the salt dries out and is able to continue the cycle of attracting water vapor and pollutants, releasing the water vapor back into the air but holding on to the health-hazardous pollutants.

Just looking at the glow of a Himalayan salt lamp can be calming, which is therapeutic in and of itself, but what about the other health claims? To date, there aren’t any scientific studies focusing specifically on Himalayan salt lamp benefits. However, there is good reason to believe that a real Himalayan salt lamp may provide some health benefits given the other salt research out there as well as many encouraging user testimonies.

According to the Lung Institute, salt (in general) has the following health properties: (1)

  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Loosens excessive mucus and speeds up mucociliary transport
  • Removes pathogens (ie., airborne pollen)
  • Reduces IgE level (immune system oversensitivity)

Himalayan Salt Lamp Benefits

1. Air Purification

Out of all of the possible Himalayan salt lamp benefits, air purification is often the quintessential goal for most buyers. Air-purifying house plants are often bought for this reason as well. There is not doubt that cleaner air in your home is better for your health.

According to research published by the American Society for Horticultural Science, the main component of air pollution or smog is ozone, which is most commonly linked with outdoor air, but it also makes its way into indoor living spaces like your home or office. (2)

As I described earlier, a Himalayan salt lamp by its salty nature is able to easily attract water vapor to it. With this water vapor often comes indoor air pollutants, including allergens, mold and bacteria. When the water hits the heated lamp, the salt traps the pollutants but releases the water vapor. This cycle repeats while the lamp is on and warm. By removing pollutants from the air, the salt lamp leaves you with cleaner, healthier air.

2. Reduction in Electromagnetic Radiation and Airborne Infections

So many things around us nowadays release electromagnetic radiation in the form of unhealthy positive ions — things like your cell phone, computer and television, just to name a few.  This electromagnetic radiation (EM), aka electrosmog, may be invisible but is believed to cause some serious long-term effects. Constant exposure to EM radiation is known primarily to cause fatigue, increase stress and weaken the immune system.

There have been more than 2,000 studies exposing the toxic effects of electromagnetic fields from all sources. Scientists have come to the scary conclusion that “chronic exposure to even low-level radiation (like that from cell phones) can cause a variety of cancers, impair immunity, and contribute to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, heart disease, and many other ailments.” (3)

An awesome way to increase exposure to negative ions is to spend more time in nature, especially around water. Himalayan salt lamps are said to emit negative ions in small amounts and cancel out positive ones. By neutralizing electromagnetic radiation, they may help reduce the negative health effects of harmful electrosmog. Balancing positive and negative ions also may help reduce airborne infections. (4)


Himalayan salt lamp benefits - Dr. Axe


3. Eases Asthma and Allergy Symptoms

Himalayan salt is now used in inhalers to bring relief to asthma and allergy sufferers. Salt therapy is also used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. COPD is a debilitating and degenerative lung disease characterized by the restriction of airflow in and out of the lungs. According to the Lung Institute, “Some people have found salt therapy to be an effective option for relieving symptoms of lung disease, resulting in easier breathing.”

Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated highly impressive salt therapy benefits, including helping: (5)

Salt therapy for breathing problems is said to have begun with Siberian salt mine workers in the later 1800s who had a surprisingly small number of respiratory problems compared to people around them with less salty professions. Nowadays, you can find salt caves at various spas, and this salt cave experience is also trying to be re-created with the invention of salt pipe inhalers. Salt lamps are another smaller-scale way to bring the salt cave experience (and hopefully the health benefits) home. (6)

4. Mood Booster and Sleep Promoter

Another possible health benefit of the Himalayan salt lamp is a reduction in anxiety symptoms. According to color therapy as well as general human enjoyment, the warm pinkish to orange glow of the salt lamp is a calming and happy presence in a room. Additionally, as a real piece of nature, Himalayan salt gives off negative ions like a waterfall (but in much smaller amounts). Since Himalayan salt lamps release negative ions into the air, they can help reduce anxiety and also encourage a relaxing atmosphere for sleep. (7) Many people like to keep salt lamps in their bedrooms for their calming effect.

Why are negative ions so great? You can’t taste, smell or see them, but they’re some impressive molecules. Once negative ions reach the bloodstream, they’re believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping alleviate depression, relieve stress and boost daytime energy. (8)

How to Tell a Real vs. Fake Himalayan Salt Lamp

If you’re in the market for a Himalayan salt lamp, you want to do your homework to make sure you choose the best option possible. There are said to be several ways to tell if you have a salt lamp that’s the real deal. Unfortunately, some of these characteristics will only be made known to you if you read reviews very carefully or, the less desirable scenario, once you’ve been actually using it in your home for a while (so hang on to that receipt!).

Top signs that your Himalayan salt lamp is a fake include: (9)

1. Poor Return Policy

Real Himalayan salt lamps are made of salt so it’s not surprising that they’re fragile objects. A good manufacturer knows this and has return policies that are flexible since there could be some damage in transit. If a salt lamp’s maker is extremely strict (like a “NO RETURNS” policy), then it makes you wonder if it’s a scam operation. This might not necessarily be the case, but some fake retailers have been known not to permit any returns because they know they’re not giving you the real thing.

2. Highly Durable 

As I just said, Himalayan salt lamps are inherently fragile. Once you own one, you definitely need to be careful not to drop it or bang it into other solid objects because the salt crystal can be damaged very easily. This is actually a rare time when durability is not desirable. If your salt lamp is unaffected by a collision, it could likely be an imposter.

3. Very Bright Light

If all you’re looking for is a bright light source, a salt lamp is not the way to go. Due to its high content of numerous minerals, a Himalayan salt lamp gives off light in an irregular and muffled manner. A true salt lamp does not give off enough light to completely illuminate a room. If yours does, then it’s most likely not the real deal.

4. Inexpensive White Crystal 

You’ll typically find Himalayan salt lamps that give off a warm pinkish or orange hue. There is such a thing as a white Himalayan salt lamp, but it’s extremely rare and a lot more pricey than the colored ones. So if you find a white salt crystal lamp that’s not substantially more expensive than the pink/orange versions, steer clear because this is likely an imposter.

5. No Mention of Pakistan

Deep underground mines in Khewra, Pakistan, are the only source of true Himalayan pink salt. If you’re questioning whether you have a real Himalayan salt lamp, look for mention of Pakistan as the salt crystal’s country of origin. You can also ask the lamp’s maker about the salt’s origin, keeping in mind that it may list the country of origin as the location of the lamp’s assembly.

6. Moisture-Resistant

By its inherent nature, salt is an absorber of water. If your salt lamp has no problem being near a moisture source (like a shower), this is a good sign that you own a fake. A true salt lamp is prone to some sweating when exposed to moisture.

7. Not Experiencing Any Benefits

If you’re sure that you bought the appropriately sized salt lamp for the space you’re using it in and you’ve also been exposed to it on a regular basis and don’t see any positive effects whatsoever, then you may not have a real Himalayan salt lamp.

The brand I personally use and love is FAB Glass and Mirror’s salt lamps.

Why Himalayan Salt Is Good for You

Himalayan pink salt is an extremely pure, hand-mined salt that comes from ancient sea salt deposits in the Punjab region of Pakistan. It’s believed to be the purest form of salt available. As a pink salt, Himalayan salt is rich in iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and copper. All these nutrients are actually what give Himalayan salt its pretty pink color. (10)

When ingested, real Himalayan salt is said to:

  • Make drinking water alkaline water
  • Provide essential minerals and trace minerals
  • Balance the body’s pH
  • Normalize metabolic functions
  • Be readily absorbed by your body’s cells
  • Increases energy flow and circulation


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Himalayan Salt Lamp Buying Tips and Precautions

When it comes to buying Himalayan pink salt lamps, take into consideration the size of the room in which you wish to use your lamp. The coverage of a salt lamp is determined by the size of the salt crystal. For the average-sized bedroom, a smaller lamp is usually adequate, but if you’re looking to use it in a larger area like your living room, you want to go bigger. On average, to effectively cleanse the air of a space, you need one pound of salt rock for every 16 square feet (four feet by four feet) area. If needed, you can always use multiple salt lamps spread out in a single room.

Salt is hygroscopic, which means it absorbs water. This is why Himalayan pink salt crystals start to melt with prolonged exposure to high humidity. Thus, you should keep them away from household moisture sources like showers, dishwashers and laundry washing machines. It can be dangerous if the salt begins leaking onto the lamp holder. To avoid buying a substandard lamp holder, purchase a salt lamp that’s firmly connected to the base. It’s also ideal to find a salt lamp that has UL certification, which is an extra measure of safety assurance. (11)

As with any lamp, always practice proper fire safety, including keeping it in a place where a child cannot pull it down or knock it over.

Final Thoughts on a Himalayan Salt Lamp

So far, scientists don’t seem to be too interested in the therapeutic glow of Himalayan salt lamps. Hopefully some specific studies on the benefits of salt lamps will be conducted soon, but in the meantime, the other salt research that’s out there is quite impressive and encouraging.

If you’re looking to make a Himalayan salt lamp the newest addition to your home or office, just make sure you get the real thing. If you buy a true Himalayan salt lamp and use it regularly, you may just notice easier breathing, a calmer demeanor and better sleep in your near future.



Read Next: Pink Himalayan Salt Benefits that Make It Superior to Table Salt

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  1. Katie Joe on

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      • Empressa Komlo on

        Either left over from it sweating (little crystals come ofd mine and are on the table when the water dries), not getting enough moisture (do y’all live in dry climates?), or the table of it’s wood and has any lines/uneven areas (could be the rock isn’t smooth enough on bottom). Just put it on a coaster as long as it isn’t deteriorating or anything as well. :)

      • Robyn Yannoulis on

        f your salt lamp is turned on most of the time,it definitely should be on everyday, although you can turn off while your out, you shouldn’t get too much salt residue, the globe is the only thing drying out the moisture in the air it is COllecting all day, the best wY to stop a salt lamp leaking is to turn it on. If for some reason you bought one,but don’t want to turn it on,wrap in a plastic shopping bag, also remove cord,and pack it away

    • Robyn Yannoulis on

      If your salt lamp is turned on most of the time,it definitely should be on everyday, although you can turn off while your out, you shouldn’t get too much salt residue, the globe is the only thing drying out the moisture in the air it is COllecting all day, the best wY to stop a salt lamp leaking is to turn it on. If for some reason you bought one,but don’t want to turn it on,wrap in a plastic shopping bag, also remove cord,and pack it away

  2. Mel Dyer on

    Hello Dr Axe, I’ve been reading some articles saying that the Himalayan Salt and Salt lamps are full of toxic chemicals. I’ve just bought a lamp and am concerned about this now. I’m keen to know your thoughts ? Kind regards

    • renz on

      as this is an older comment, let me just say from my research the toxic elements, if any at all, would be so small as to be inconsequential, whereas the benefits far outweigh any negatives. many foods and other substances that are natural and good for us have tiny amounts of these same so called toxic elements (not chemicals really unless you’re talking non organic fruits and veggies including tap water and maybe even water bottled in most plastics… i could go on and on here but i won’t) so thing is to get the good stuff. not to worry about the naysayers, they don’t even know what they’re talking about, it’s just their negative natures. maybe from the toxic chemicals all around us every day. bottom line is we need things that will help our bodies handle these things. to avoid all toxic chemicals and elements, you would have to be dead, as they really are everywhere.

    • Meer on

      Yes you can go to amazon and type original hamalyan salt lamp by loggey. I personally saw they have good quality of lamps and they have used best wooden base.

  3. Phuong on

    Hello Dr.
    Pls explain what is going on for the dust and other bacteria….sticks on the lamp when water is vapor back to the environment? Thanks

    • Robyn Yannoulis on

      Upon contact with the salt the bacteria dies, there is a chemical reaction,from the heat of the globe that crystalises the moisture on contact,hense, a warm salt lamp never leaks.Dust becomes too heavy to float and drops to the ground. Salt lamps can be wiped over with a damp cloth,the globe will dry it out very quickly

  4. Fizan on

    It also call as a Garam Bukit in Malay language. I had used this salt lamp at my living room and bedroom. The most importantly this lamp must always be switch on so that it will benefit you for 24 hours.

  5. Helen on

    Hi Dr Axe,
    if you can explain what to do with sticked pollutants? shell we wash the salt lamp time to time as air pollutants are sticker to it? Or we need to change the lamp time to time? How not to get it back into the indoor air when using lamp often? My son recently tryed to lick the salt lamp so I’m worried he can ingest this concentrated amount of pollutants…

  6. avishek on

    Hie Sir ,,..

    i want to know that will the crystal size reduce in due course of time or will it reduce slowly in due course of time plzz suggest i want to buy in bulk

  7. Origin Salt on

    We at http://www.originsalt.com have so many satisfied customers who say that this lamp has changed their life, so we definitely believe that there is more than what we know behind them. Every day people write on our wall how the Himalayan Salt Lamp has helped them for their allergy, asthma, sinus problems, sleep problems and so on. Even if you think that this lamp is not working, it is still a better solution than an ordinary lamp. The light from a real Himalayan Salt Lamp is really calming and relaxing and you can adjust the light, which is also great. So my suggestion for you would be to test and see by yourself, may be this is what you need.

  8. Ron Hill on

    I noticed that in the stores they sell different types of Himalayan lamps. One type with one chunk of Himalayan Salt (light inside) and a different type with a little basket with pieces of Himalayan Salt around the light. Which do you feel are more effective, one large piece of salt or a lot of little pieces around the light? Thanks!

  9. Diana on

    I love my orange salt rock lamp . I have noticed many good outcomes from it . My question is can you place a pink salt rock lamp and yellow or orange Salt rock lamp in the same large room ?

  10. Cindi on

    We are told to keep our rooms dark in order to sleep well. Does that apply to this type of lamp? Would you turn it off before going to sleep?

  11. BETTY on

    I am allergic to a lot of things as the doctor said to me once, I should be put in a bubble. Anyways my sister recommended me to use this lamp as she uses one as well and has helped improve her allergies and asthma as well as other illnesses…. But I been having symptoms of itchiness and a lot of sneezing aswell my eyes are swelling up and becoming watery. Well the point is I have allergies to a lot of things that have to do with the sea specially sea food. I am wondering if this lamp contains ancient sea salt could this be triggering my skin to itch and the sneezing with the watery eyes… And should I continue to use this lamp?

      • Linda Silfee on

        I have noticed since using my new lamp for 2 days in my bedroom that my nose is stuffy, runny, even had a bloody nose this morn, have a sore throat, and taste salty on my upper lip. Is this normal and/or am I allergic to the effects of my lamp?

  12. Di patrick on

    My lamp gives off quite a bright light but also “sweats” and leaves salt residue. So I don’t know if it’s real or not.

  13. Carmen Pilar D. Buranday on

    I have a Himalayan Salt w/c I bought in Madrid, Spain this year. I noticed its sweating. What does this mean? Also, I would like to know a simple tip how to determine if a Himalayan Salt is fake. Mine, I bought it in a store where it sells different stones & where the owner is into card reading, etc.. I did not receive any card that signifies from Pakistan but I was told its genuine. Pls advise any further benefits. I am having GERD from time to time. This bothers me to sleep because I mostly burp gas several times before sleeping or it wakes me due to bloating tummy. Pls help.
    Thank you.
    More power

  14. Catherine Behnke on

    The Himalayan salt lamps are great. I have 1 in each of my 4 bedrooms in my house. I did combine these lamps with an aura cleansing kit from a group called Caribbean Psychics. It works and I really feel a lasting difference in my home.

  15. JC on

    “So many things around us nowadays release electromagnetic radiation in the form of unhealthy positive ions — things like your cell phone, computer and television, just to name a few.”

    That is the most patently false statement I’ve read on the internet today, and that’s saying something. It makes me lose trust in everything else covered in this article.

    I am a medical physicist. My entire career is focused on harnessing the energy of radiation to treat cancer. We draw a very distinct line between so-called “ionizing radiation” (the kind that can harm cells and is thus used against cancer) and non-ionizing radiation. Radio frequency such as used in home electronics falls firmly into the NON-IONIZING category. Please get your facts straight.


    • Jeff on

      The governments just a bunch of lying manipulative ass holes that want everyone to spend a shit ton of money on medications and chemotherapy that don’t actually work. Nothing against the doctors themselves just stating the fact that they are not taught how to cure jack shit only what medications to charge them for. Just remember nature has the cures not medication and chemotherapy.

      • Lorie on

        Dr Don Colbert has a book “let food be your medicine”. He is an honest Dr saving people from sickness and disease. He’s not into sucking you of your money. He lives in Florida. He’s on Facebook. His team is real and awesome. Chem trails are a lot of our problem, water is another, I recommend a Burkey water filtration system the counter top type is sufficient for most homes plus you can take with if your going away. Found online. Good luck for those in need. Do you research and ask around.

  16. Yvette on

    with most things, if it’s sounds too good to be true it’s generally not worth it’s salt..sorry for the pun. remember gojii berries… bogus.
    people might sleep better and enjoy a more even mood if they ate better food, exercised (even a little) and didn’t drink so much coffee or for some, excessive amounts of alcohol.
    everyone is looking for the quick fix; and in this case, it’s a lamp made out of salt.

  17. Sherry Switzer on

    I crystallized a jar with Himalayan salt and burn a straight in it and would like to know if it would have the same benefits as a lamp?

  18. D Perfetto on

    A wonderful article on Pink Himalayan Salt lamps. Thank You for the information. For the one or two Naysayers- if you don’t believe in these lamps, don’t buy one.

  19. Isabelle Reed on

    Hi Dr. Axe,
    Loved your article. I recently bought two salt lamps from Saltean.com. One for my bedroom so I can sleep properly at night and one for my TV lounge where I spend half of my time. I love them! They are incredibly beautiful.
    Himalayan Salt Lamps are great. They relax me plus my surrounding.

    Best Regards!

  20. Bella on

    I didn’t see any links to research in this article. Can you provide them, please? These lamps are just a pretty gimmicks until I can see actual evidence that they do what they say.

    • Brien on

      Wow, great comment/question, but there are so few people on here who have discerning minds! People wake up, we’re being ripped off big time by a lot of fake products.

  21. Daria on

    Hi, I have two salt lamps, and I am wondering: would a fake Himalayan salt lamp still taste salty? What would a fake salt lamp be made of?

    • renz on

      both good questions. I would guess salty = real, but i guess someone could go thru trouble to color it. def would still fit all the other requirements for real however, in any case. I’m thinking dentist and docs say gargle with salt water for various illnesses. this is because salt of any kind is still antibacterial. so if reg salt, etc. i would bet still good for you and me. :)

  22. Erika on

    I bought a salt lamp but, once unwrapped I noticed something white, fuzzy and blotchy on it… I’m guessing mold? Could it be a fake?

  23. Dixie Crouse on

    I just received my salt lamp today. Very excited to start using it. I have 2 questions. Do I leave the salt lamp on all the time? The salt lamp I placed in my bedroom but in my hallway to my bedroom I have a indoor 36 inch tall water fountain. I live in a mobile home.

    • Natassha on

      No mention once of over 80000 lamps being recalled because they cause fires (the switch catches alight) and certain lamps shock.. Beware!!

      • Ellen on

        Michaels recalls 80,000 Himalayan salt lamps made by Lumire. USA Today published 13 Jan 2017. For more information it says to call Michaels at 1 – 800 – 642 – 4235.

  24. Kathleen mark on

    Thanks for sharing such an informative article. I also have Himalayan salt lamps in my house. These lamps are just more than awesome. They are not only beautiful but also have healthy and healing benefits for human mind and body as you have mentioned above. They eliminate all the dust particles and smoke from the air and make it pure and fresh. They help me in relieving stress and depression and improve the sleep cycle. I bought my lamps from ittefaqco at a very reasonable price and they are of great quality.

  25. Brien on

    It truly is sad the scientific ignorance of the general population. If the salt lamp is heated this will drive off water vapor, not cause it to condense to the salt crystals. Most of this is pseudoscience disguising itself as real science but no facts to back it up, all just conjecture, Unless you have active filtration and continuous, concentrated air flow directed at the surface you would not get a significant amount of removal of pollutants from the air even if the salt crystals could absorb anything. Its only the mystique and pretty, exotic colors of the salt lamp that makes people think it has health giving properties. Just like sea salt, when in fact all salt deposits at one point originated from ocean waters. Regular mined salt is probably even safer because it is from ancient ocean water not the dioxin polluted water that currently covers the earth. Remember fish oil has to have dioxins and mercury removed from molecular distillation if you read the labels. Again, the masses are being deceived. Even big food companies like Kraft are getting on the fake health bandwagon with sea salt. Wake up people!

    • HarborDad on

      While I have no idea regarding the benefit of salt lamps, you are misinformed regarding “salt”. Although, as you say “all salt deposits at one point originated from ocean waters” the problem lies in the fact that the majority of salt for many years is not salt, but rather sodium. The manufacturers for decades have taken whole salt (a good thing), stripped the +/-29 trace minerals out to sell separately leaving just plain sodium (not such a good thing) and have labeled it “salt”.
      So genuine whole salt, whether Celtic, Sea, Himalayan, etc. if it is not stripped, but still contains the trace minerals is in fact a very healthy substance – even reducing blood pressure in most people.

      And for those who’d like to see research, you know better. We rarely see research on something natural. If there is no patent to be secured, millions will not be spent if you cannot recoup your costs.

      • renz on

        however, some big co’s. have filed for patents on vitimins and minerals just in case they catch on. they would like to make us think these are all dangerous so they can gain control over them. this is the truth. you will find out if you have the time to research it. i found this info in the library years ago long before internet was invented or available to john q public. no lie.

  26. Robert Nichols on

    Fluoride is present in Himalayan Salt in the form and amount determined by Nature to be optimal to life. It also contains all other naturally occurring elements, including arsenic, uranium, plutonium, mercury, gold so is it really safe to turn it into a lamp, if you overheat a nonstick pan you get toxic fumes including TFE (tetrafluoroethylene), HFP (hexafluoropropene)

  27. Barbara on

    Thank you for your information about Himalayan Salt lamps. I am looking for a way to cut the effects of EMFs. Do you think Amazon would be a reliable source to buy from; or can you suggest a better source?

    • renz on

      amazon is just a retailer. they don’t police such products. many products from many companies compete to sell their products on amazon. in other words, i would skip the middle man and just search for what seems a reputable source. look for customer satisfaction, service, and guarantees.

      i got mine from local health food store. I am satisfied even tho can’t swear to benefits. on the other hand, many prescripts have also done me no good and reading the warnings scared me half to death. the lamps may no produce benefits you are aware of. i disagree with that requirement. depends on your sensitivity. still there are no serious side effects, and you may be preventing other bad things mentioned in the article which you also cannot feel directly. i believe in time these will all become known as truth. because the lying has to stop sometime.

  28. Sandi on

    Does the Himalayan Salt Lamp need to be cleaned? If so, how do you clean it? I have the baskets with the Himalayan rock salt. Thank you Dr. Axe for all your wonderful information!

  29. Mary on

    I love my H. Salt lamps. They provide beautiful relaxing light and the area, table top, around them do not collect household dust as the remainder of the room does… Lovely.

    I need to learn about light bulb wattages. How warm does the lamp need to be for best health benefit and to protect it from too much moisture. Also how hot is safe? I recently added a direct plug in night lamp size. It came with a 10 W bulb, which made it VERY hot. I was concerned so I changed it to 4 watt.. it is just a little warm.. Also my larger lamps are only slightly warm with 10 Watt bulbs.. any advice appreciated.

  30. Alice M Hudson on

    Dr. Axe I would like to have your permission to use this article on Himalayan salt lamps and pictures of the EO and it’s benefits. I am a graduate of EOI. And I purchase 2 books.
    Warm Regards

  31. Janice on

    Thanks for this tutorial. About 15 years ago my daughter and I began selling authentic salt lamps. Recently ,they are everywhere and cheap. Good to see others explain the value of the real deal.

  32. Jacki on

    I love your site and your treasure your help. You truly are a healer.

    I have a present mysterious symptom I’d love to be able to share for answers if Dr.Axe can reply to me…..thank you kindly…..

  33. Tricia on

    I hope The Pakistan Government will consider regulating the purposes for which the salt is mined, if it’s the only source of this precious resource.

  34. Bharat on

    Can one buy a Himalayan rock salt and carve a hole in it and use it as a lamp by keeping the light bulb in that hole
    Can you guide from where to buy the genuine Himalayan rock dal lamp in India preferably Delhi

  35. Carol G on

    Dr Axe, I have a two part question for you. I recently read that there is a possibility that you can be exposed to arsenic that can be present in some areas of the salt deposits that these lamps are made of. What are your thoughts?

    Also, can you list some reputable websites to make a purchase from? I am looking for ways to make living in a moldy home safer until I can leave. Stachybotrys was found in wall from a hidden small leak caused by a botched flashing install around the chimney during a total new roof install & also a very small amount of aspergillous, but the HERTSMI score and clean air quality tests were safe enough for me to stay until I sell if I detox daily per my mold savvy LLMD). My goal is to make the exposure less damaging until I can remediate to make my home safe enough to sell so I can move. We are retired and on a fixed income so I cannot afford to move without selling my home first. For my detox regime I take a detox bath every other day, take charcoal and bentonite clay orally daily for binders, drink detox teas and take supplements and herbals as directed by my mold savvy doc. I plan to buy a NIR sauna once I move to help with my detox.

    I have been diagnosed with CIRS from mold exposure and possibly up to three tick borne infections. To make matters more complex I have homogenous MTHFR, HLA and a few COMT gene defects. I have always had a very clean diet, but have pretty much restricted it quite a bit to help with the Candidida and gut issues that the mold has caused. While I know you cannot offer any medical advise, I would be interested in any info you can offer to answer my questions and suggestions to help enhance my detox process. Thanks in advance on any info you can offer.

    • Linda on

      Pls contact me I would like to know more on how to treat mold exposure my family and I was exposed three yrs the test in my house showed three times higher then out doors

    • Karla Tighe Spaceclinic on

      Dear Carole

      I would contact a building biologist to help you with your mould issues. I am based in Australia and I assume you are in the States. The answer is ventilation in the walls. A building biologist will know how to help you. I can recommend a good one but I am not sure where you are based?

      Just a note for all “botched” flashing issues and the use of Sarking (foil insulation) are causing and adding to a lot of mould issues in new builds and renovations. Your walls need to breathe to deal with moisture transfer from inside and outside your homes. Cooking, showering and changes in temperature all add to this.

      Mould cannot get a foot hold in a ventilated environment.

      Carole have you looked into Myrrh for internal mould issues. Also Dr Shoemaker and his mould protocols?

      FYI lower the EMR in your home environment, It interacts with the mould and your body mould. EMR would include WiFi, Bluetooth, Smart TVs, Cordless phones and mobiles. Just think hardwiring.

      Best regards

  36. Loraine on

    Dr. Axe
    I have a whole house humidifier that I run when the heater is on and a humidifier that I use at night because I had a problem with bloody nose.
    After the info about how this salt collects moisture, I am assuming this is not good for
    my situation. Comments

  37. Diane on

    I bought a lamp for my bedroom. I was hoping to help my newly discovered asthmatic condition and
    Nightly coughing due to a URI. After occupying my bedroom one full day, it was the first night I had a quiet peaceful Sleep!! And every night after that!! Now, during day I may have a cough session, but once I enter my bedroom to rest…absolute peace. I bought a larger lamp for my living RM, because my TV time was interrupted with coughing…not so much now!! It works for me!!

  38. Daniel on

    We just bought one and it’ is allergy season right now. My rhinitis ans allergies are severe. The lamp is relieving my allergies and makes me sleep wheel. I is truly a wonder. I was sceptical until I felt the difference, first when I passed in front of th store where about 10 lamps were turned on. I felt immediate relief in my allergy symptoms. It is after that I learned and was surprised about the health benefits. I decided to buy one on the spot and I am so happy. This article from Dr Axe is really confirming what I felt from experience. That is just great.

    • Ann on

      Dr Axe,

      Please tell us where to purchase an authentic himalaysian salt lamp.

      I do not see your reply to anyone asking.

      This is your article and I think you should back it up on where consumers can purchase one!

  39. Benny Blain on

    My wife and I ordered a Himalayan salt lamp and received it today even though it is only been in use for about 3 hours we absolutely love the look and the feeling that it is given us we are planning to order two more

  40. Maryann on

    Hi Dr. Axe. I bought a large Himalayan salt lamp when I was sick with asthma and a lung infection. My husband was also sick with sinus issues at the time. We found when we were close to the lamp we breathed easier. We actually walked up to the lamp and breathed in. We were surprised. It works for us.

  41. E Joan Allen on

    I recently purchased a Salt Lamp from a advert in Facebook. It took some time in coming and when I queried about how long it was taking it came within five days. I asked my husband to set the lamp up and he found that the opening, as he put it too small for the bulb and lamp attachment. He said the bulb and holder was bigger than the opening as if it had not been reemed enough inside, to take the bulb and holder. I reported it to the dealer but had no reply. i Am wondering now if it is a true Salt Lamp.

      • renz on

        there are good and bad products from china just as in america. don’t hate the chinese unless you just like to hate everyone. i have got many products from china, some good, some not so good, but when i wrote to them they did respond with good customer service, so your statement is false to say the least. however, if this is concerning, buy from an actual himalayan salt factory. people, do an internet search. himalayan salt factory is geniune and quality. promise! and there are many other sources of what i believe are geniune salt lamps. i have yet to see this “fake” salt lamp we are all to fear. also bed bath and beyond carries them with full guarantees. pretty much every retailer does at this point. so quit freeking out!

  42. Lola Kasper on

    How do we really know if the salt rocks really work according to an article from Snoop they don’t just the people that are selling them are says stay saying these things?? I would really like to know for sure

    • Lola Kasper on

      How do we really know if the salt rocks really work according to an article from Snoop they don’t just the people that are selling them are says stay saying these things?? I would really like to know for sure

  43. cathy on

    Dr Axe
    Im not allowed to have something that plugs in at work other than what is “work issued”.
    Is there any benefit to having just stones of himalayan salt sitting in a bowl on my desk?

  44. trudy albert on

    do you know where we can purchase authentic Himalayan salt for baths or ingestion? I purchased some recently, and it just ended up being regular salt crystals with colouring.

  45. Jane Cherry on

    I bought a salt lamp and it began to drop the salt all over my end table. Is this supposed to happen? I had to remove it from the table.

  46. Megan on

    Hey there does anyone have a reliable source to buy authentic salt lamps? And what sizes do you recommend for bedrooms and living rooms?
    Thanks megan

  47. Karla Tighe Spaceclinic on

    Hi Dr Axe

    Thanks for this article. I am a fan of these lamps for their beauty and I have found them helpful for my son’s asthma in a damp house. Here’s the but, as a building biologist (informally for 8 years and now studying with the German Building Biology school) I have to warn people whilst they are promoted as assisting with EMR (not proven) they also add to it. Surprise!

    How? Often these lamps (and indeed many other regular lamps) are not electrically grounded properly (i.e. 3 pin grounded). I have measured high electric fields coming from the lamps with my meters, these fields can be picked up by the body or impact your health.

    Secondly, on an esoteric level, it is believed the lamps are pulling in lots of negative energies (mould, dust and other) and some say, like crystals the lamps need clearing. The answer to this is said to be a Shungite tile placed under each lamp. I can’t confirm this but encourage lots of reading on Shungite properties and delve into some of the studies. Fascinating reading.

    Thirdly, be careful with the water that can pool at the bottom of a lamp. You can get an electric shock from these.

    Finally, prefer the non LED type of bulb. LED lights have serious and known health effects just like WiFi and we put them everywhere. I invite you to do your own research.

    Despite all of this. I still love my lamps. I just wish they were made with grounded cords. It’s not that difficult to do.

    In health,

    Refer to Robyn’s advice on how to manage water and salt lamps below! She’s onto it.

  48. V on

    Geologist here. I myself own salt lamps because the ambient light they give off when lit is wonderfully warming and relaxing, but these aren’t miracle cures and much of what’s written here is bogus. Salt is salt. Just simple NaCl. We find these deposits all over this planet. We also have blue salt and purple salt and crystal clear salt. There’s nothing special about those salts and there’s nothing special about pink or orange salt, either. Sometimes these colors come form a simple mistake in the mineral crystal lattice. Other times, particularly with pink salt, it’s due to bacteria. Yep. Bacteria.

    Pakistan is truly brilliant – it’s fooled the American consumerism machine into purchasing SALT at prices far greater than what salt is worth, especially given how much salt we have on this planet!

    Furthermore, this list manages to omit the most glaringly obvious test to tell if your lamp is real – THE LICK TEST. That suggests the author of this piece is not actually familiar with their subject matter at all, so readers beware. An actual lamp made of salt WILL taste like salt. So if you want to know if yours is real, just lick it. It will taste very salty! I mean VERY salty. Like extreme sea water – too salty to be enjoyable, making you pucker.

    It will also get hot. Salt is an excellent heat conductor. It will shed because salt is one of the softest minerals (you should be able to scratch it with nothing more than your fingernail – if instead your fingernail get’s brittle than it isn’t salt) and, yes, it will sweat.

    Pakistan does not – BY ANY MEANS – have the market cornered on pink salt. You could safely make pink salt in your own kitchen with a little saltwater mixture and some chemistry ingenuity. Nor is this salt in some way more special due to its pinkness or the presence of trace elements. All salt has trace elements. Even your table salt has them. NaCl likes to bond with Mg, Ca and K. So, nothing special there. These are all elements we find in our food supply. These elements aren’t found in salts in quantities large enough to influence your air supply. That’s why we geologists call them ‘trace’ in salts. You’re far better off installing a HEPA filter.

    Pakistan markets salt mined from it’s deposits as lamps because it can’t market it as food. Their salt deposits are interbedded with other mineral deposits that make it difficult to turn their salt into table salt. Nobody wants to be pouring salt on their food that’s been mixed in with quartz deposits (quartz is a far harder mineral than salt – hard enough to scratch tooth enamel, hence the Pakistani dilemma).

    Finally, “Himalaya” is a bogus misnomer. Even if your pink salt is coming from Pakistan, it sure isn’t coming from the Himalayan mountain belt. These Pakistani salt mines are hundreds of kilometers from that mountain range.

    Still, they truly are a nice lighting alternative if you don’t like incandescent bulbs.

  49. Jackie on

    Aloha Dr. Axe
    Is there a site that you could recommend to but the lamp?

    We appreciate any guidance

    Mahalo! 🌺

  50. Bornes Ongaki on

    I am pleased of the good features of Himalayan salt where will I find it and how much does it cost Dr. Axe

  51. Savanna Barlow on

    Would you mind recommending some good sources for purchasing the real deal? I’m afraid I won’t know where to start.

  52. mallory on

    My so called white salt lamp was very cheap, $12 for a 12 inch high one. It displays all the physical signs of a real salt lamp including the sweating! I even chipped a piece off with a butter knife… I bought the salt lamp from Bealls Outlet and it was wrapped in plastic outside of its box, so there was not a box of information about it. The plug on it said FAME. I feel like mine has to be a fake, but it is made of real salt, tastes like salt on top of being fragile, heavy, and much darker in thick areas, along with the crying. This white lamp is also about as dark as my authentic orange/pink ones with the same lights. Where would a cheap salt lamp be sourced from and what would a fake salt lamp be made of? I feel like my white one is real salt but not Himalayan, so where would it have been sourced from? Outside of this, I find it weird that I ordered a larger orange salt lamp (this one is authentic and from Pakistan) and it turned out red, why would they have sent me a red one and not a orange one?

  53. Denice Marcinko on

    I would like to purchase a real pink Himalayan salt lamp for it’s benefits. I would not use it as table salt since Celtic Sea Salt contains more trace minerals than pink Himalayan salt and won’t raise your blood pressure. Check out Dr. Bob’s website as he recommends using Celtic Sea Salt in the diet instead of table salt. He is a well known Chiropractic/ Health and Wellness doctor in Westlake, Oh.


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