7 Himalayan Salt Lamp Health Benefits

Purify the air, reduce allergens, stress and sleep better.  They’re not just a paper weight, read on for more Himalayan salt lamp health benefits.


In case you haven’t heard, the province of BC has been in a state of emergency for some time now due to all the active wildfires. It’s a pretty scary situation and we are very lucky that we don’t live in an area that had to be evacuated. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the families who lost their homes and to all the first responders working tireless hours exposing themselves to that harmful smoke.

We live in the Interior and the past two weeks have been extremely smoky. I have been congested and experienced really itchy, puffy, red eyes. I wasn’t sure if it was allergies or the exposure to all of this smoke, but either way I needed to find a remedy. I decided to move our Himalayan Salt Lamp (a beautiful gift from a family friend!) to our bedroom as my congestion seemed to be worse at night. After one night I immediately noticed a difference – I could finally breathe through my nose again and my itchy, red eyes were much better. The only thing I changed was the lamp, so I knew it was doing its job of purifying the air. I have to admit, this gorgeous lamp sat in our living room for many years and I regret not moving it to our bedroom sooner (or purchasing another lamp which I’ll be doing soon!)

Benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamp

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I bet you’re wondering how these lamps actually work? I’ll try not to get all scientific on you so bear with me. Salt is hygroscopic which means the lamps absorb water molecules from the air and trap dirt, allergens and smoke particles. Once these particles are trapped, clean water is re-released and thus has a purifying effect. When the lamp is on, the heat from the bulb releases negative salt ions giving you even more health benefits.

7 Himalayan Salt Lamp Benefits

  1. Reduce Allergies – Salt lamps can filter the air from allergens such as dust, pet dander, pollen and mold. They have been known to relieve many allergy symptoms and help those who suffer from asthma and bronchitis.
  2. Improve Breathing – The negative ions emitted from the lamps can increase cilial activity. Cilia are the tiny hairs that act as your breathing filters in your windpipe. They help filter the foreign particles in the air keeping the lungs clean and therefore improve breathing.
  3. Cleanse the Air – As mentioned above, salt lamps are hygroscopic, absorbing water molecules in the air, trapping the allergens, smoke, dust and other nasties resulting in clean purified air.
  4. Boost Blood Flow – Negative ions that are emitted have been known to accelerate blood flow and improve vascular disorders.
  5. Increase Levels of Serotonin – The increase of negative ions and blood flow to the brain can increase serotonin levels which boost your mood and energy.
  6. Increase Energy – Appliances and electronic devices such as TVs, computers, cell phones and tablets all release positive ions into the air which expose you to electromagnetic radiation (EM). You may not be able to see it, but it is there and has been known to cause some serious long-term effects such as fatigue, stress and can even weaken the immune system. Himalayan salt lamps release negative ions that cancel out the positive ions, therefore neutralizing EM and reducing these negative effects.
  7. Improves Sleep – Over exposure to EM can deplete your body and have a negative effect on your sleep. Keep a salt lamp in your bedroom so it will emit negative ions, improving the air quality by cancelling out the positive ions.Benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamp

If you are in the market for a salt lamp, be sure to do your homework so you don’t get stuck with a fake.

Purchase one from a rebuttable source such as your local health food store. Ask where they are sourced from. Authentic salt lamps are mined from Khewra, Pakistan, the only true source of Himalayan pink salt.

These lamps are quite inexpensive, starting at around $20 for a small one. However, I do recommend getting a larger one (around $60) as the larger the salt lamp, the more air it can purify. A rule of thumb is you need one pound of salt for every 16 square feet (4’ x 4’ area). A small one is fine for the bedroom but opt for a larger one if it is for an open living room.


I am proof these lamps do work! So tell me…

Do you own a Himalayan Salt Lamp?

Do you believe in its healing powers?

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