Himalayan Salt Lamps: What Are Their Health Benefits?

A Himalayan salt lamp is not just an ordinary lamp or an elegant home accessory. It is a healing, soothing, and relaxing piece of natural power in your home, which, in addition to its impressive appearance, also carries a number of health benefits.

You may know Himalayan salt, which is becoming more and more popular in modern cuisine, but how about the Himalayan salt lamp? What is a salt lamp and how does it work? What are its benefits and where to place it to be beneficial? Read below!

Himalayan salt lamp benefits
Himalayan salt lamp benefits.

What is Himalayan Salt Lamp?

Whether you know salt lamps or not, I’m sure you’ve seen them before in your life. Himalayan salt lamps are not a new invention, but their popularity has skyrocketed in recent years and continues to grow.

Himalayan salt lamps are large pieces of pure Himalayan salt with a small bulb inside. These can be solid pieces of salt or decorative baskets filled with large crystals of salt. Instead of a light bulb, they can also sometimes have a hole inside to insert a tealight. It depends on the size and shape because some lamps are made only for tealights and some only for the light bulb.

himalayan salt lamp
My salt lamp is made for a light bulb.

When lit, salt lamps offer a pleasant warm glow and can be beneficial for indoor air quality as well as your mental and physical health. There is no risk of ignition, so salt lamps are very safe. However, it must be added that in order to have a positive effect on you and the atmosphere in your home, they need to be heated, so lamps for either a light bulb or a tealight are suitable. There are also USB salt lamps, but they are not very efficient, and I would instead use them only as decoration.

How Are Salt Lamps Made?

Authentic Himalayan salt lamps should be made of pure crystals of edible Himalayan salt, which is also commonly used in modern cuisine. The Himalayan salt comes from the western side of the Himalayas in the Punjab region of Pakistan and has been mined hundreds of meters underground at the Khewra Salt Mine, the second largest salt mine in the world.

After mining, the salt is hand carved into lamps or powdered and used in the kitchen. Each salt lamp is unique hand-carved; therefore, each piece of the salt lamp has a different size, shape, weight, and color. Every salt lamp is unique, and you won’t find precisely the same one you have at home anywhere in the world.

Even though salt lamps are usually light orange, we can also find lamps in darker shades, slightly reddish or pinkish. As for their shape, in addition to the typical oval shape, salt lamps are also engraved in the form of a cube, sphere, or triangle.

Himalayan Salt Lamp Benefits

The main benefit of a salt lamp is its ionizing properties, which improve the air in the room and also help alleviate some health problems. By heating the crystal (e.g. by lighting a light bulb or lighting a tealight in a lamp), the salt lamp emits salt particles into the air. Such air then has strengthening and activating effects on the human body and improves the overall quality of the air we breathe in the room. What other benefits do salt lamps have to offer?

beautiful office decoration
Source: Pexels @Andrea Davis

Positive effect on physical health

Salt lamps help to relax the airways during colds and flu. They also strengthen our immune system, improve blood pressure, and have a beneficial effect on our muscles after substantial physical activity. The salt lamp can also help with anxiety, boost your mood, improve your concentration and productivity.

Ideal for asthmatics and allergy sufferers

Ionized air helps especially people with respiratory problems, circulatory problems, asthmatics, and people suffering from allergies. Salt lamps also increase the body’s defenses, alleviate digestive issues, and insomnia problems. Other effects of a salt lamp also often include relief from headaches.

Mental well-being

The magically beautiful light of salt lamps, which passes through the salt wall of the lamp, provides a warm glow and helps to induce mental well-being and release tension. Thanks to this feature, they are suitable not only for the house but also for the office, or anywhere else where you want to create a calm atmosphere.

himalayan salt lamp
My second, smaller salt lamp.

What color of salt lamp to choose, and why?

As mentioned above, salt lamps exist in different shades, and each color of the lamp affects various health problems. So which one to choose?

Red-ish – Salt lamp in subtle shades of red is suitable for problems with blood circulation, improves organ function, red blood cell production, and supplies energy.

Yellow-ish – Salt lamp in this color shade is suitable for digestive problems, liver and gallbladder diseases, problems with the nervous system, promotes detoxification of the body, and supports the mental activity.

Orange-ish – Salt lamps can most often be seen in this color. The orange salt lamp helps with breathing problems, such as asthma, allergies, or coughs. The orange salt lamp also improves digestion, metabolism, increases immunity, helps with depression, and restores the zest for life.


Salt lamps are a beautiful decoration and aid that will help you calm down, detox your home, improve your sleep or overall performance. They are very undemanding, do not need any special care, and are not costly. Whether you buy one or more lamps, in the shape of a cube or an oval, you will never make a mistake because it is a great investment in your health and overall well-being!