5 Benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps

Salt lamps are solid pieces of mineral that not only decorate a room, but also balance energy.
5 Benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps
Nelton Abdon Ramos Rojas

Written and verified by the doctor Nelton Abdon Ramos Rojas.

Last update: 27 May, 2022

Regardless of how clean your home is, there’s a percentage of bacteria in the air that pollute your body and Himalayan salt lamps can help reduce it.

Have you every heard about salt lamps? They’re natural rocks that have formed for more than 250 thousands of years. They don’t have anything to do with the salt that’s sitting in your kitchen. They originate from the Himalaya and are characterized by being a crude and crystallized compound that forms in deposits.

Because they’re a completely natural product, no two rocks have the same shape, size nor texture. Once they form naturally, they’re used as lamps, candles or simply just to decorate spaces. Thanks to their mineral properties, they can brighten up an entire room.

The first to use these salt lamps were those living in nearby towns of the deposits. The lamps form from different types of minerals such as: red, yellow or white salts. In addition, others include lithium, halite and selenite.

However, what benefits do these lamps have? They’ve become prized by feng shui experts because they take care of maintaining the balance in a home. They do so by inviting you to enter a state of relaxation, helping you sleep better, reducing stress and depression, among other other benefits.

Iodine helps the body because it generates negative ions, which aid the circulatory, digestive, immune and respiratory systems.

Advantages of having salt lamps

1. Reduces allergies and respiratory problems

Placing a salt lamp in a bedroom or living room is great for people who have allergies because they eliminate dust, fungus and mold particles. These salt lamps are wonderful for unblocking the respiratory airways.

They’re even beneficial for asthma attacks. From the moment they heat up, they absorb bacteria and particles that float in the air. They remove positive ions that are harmful for our health.

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2. Boost energy

The beach, natural streams, the countryside or climbing a mountain– they all release negative ions; in other words, it’s a bundle of positive energy and revitalization for the body. The same thing happens with Himalayan salt lamps. Negative ions increase oxygen and keep us alert for any kind of threat.

3. Say goodbye to insomnia

When our surroundings are full of positive ions, our blood circulation and the way oxygen travels to our brain are compromised.

As a consequence, we start to have problems falling asleep. You don’t need to turn the lamp on during the entire night. Turning it on during the day is sufficient to reduce positive ions.

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4. Improve concentration

The release of negative ions allows the body to produce more serotonin. This substance gives off an overall feeling of good health and happiness in the brain.

It helps people stay positive, reduce depression as well as channel pleasure. All of these benefits help the body enter a state of relaxation and improve concentration.

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5. Rev up metabolism

The components found in Himalaya salt regulate digestion, speed up both intestinal movement and the circulatory system. All of these effects improve metabolism as it allows cells in the digestive tract better absorb nutrients.

Don’t forget that the nervous system regulates the digestive system and that the hormones that eliminate positive ions in the salt lamps keep things running smoothly.


  • Don’t let dust accumulate in your home. You should clean the lamp with a cloth every 3 days.
  • Never under any circumstance place the lamp close to a water faucet as the humidity could cause it to go out.
  • You should keep the lamp on for as long as possible. By doing so, it can balance the ions in the environment.
  • You can have keep multiple salt lamps in your home without causing any damage to your body. Ideally, you could have one for every 4 square meters.
  • If you’re not going to use the salt lamp, cover it with a plastic bag in order to maintain its temperature and keep it in good condition.

Where can I buy a salt lamp?

It’s actually not very complicated to find them. You can look in pharmacies, natural-food or herbal stores and even websites. The cost of a lamp depends on its weight. Salt lamps generally weigh anywhere from 2 kilos and upwards. As they vary in size, you can decide how much you’re willing to pay for your own salt lamp.

All cited sources were thoroughly reviewed by our team to ensure their quality, reliability, currency, and validity. The bibliography of this article was considered reliable and of academic or scientific accuracy.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.