benefits of himalayan salt lamp

What Are Himalayan Salt Lamps?

Himalayan salt comes from large salt rocks mined from the foothills of the Himalayas, located in Pakistan and India. These Himalayan salt rocks can be carved into lamps and lit from the inside due to the translucent nature of the salt. Both light bulbs and candles can be used. Himalayan salt lamp benefits are reported to include better mood, promoting happiness, and improved sleep.

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How Does A Himalayan Salt Lamp Work?

Himalayan salt lamp benefits have been promoted to improve health through the release of “negative ions” into the air. Negative ions are simply atoms or molecules with a net negative charge. Negative ions are produced in nature by moving water.

…What Does Science Say About the Himalayan Salt Lamp?

While there is no robust scientific data proving the health benefits of negative ions given off by Himalayan salt lamps specifically, there have been studies reporting positive results of negative ion treatment for those with seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

SAD is a form of seasonal depression. The study in question describes SAD as:

participants with seasonal mood disturbance showed reduced recognition of happy facial expressions, increased recognition memory for negative personality characteristics…


The hypothesis was that high density negative ion treatment would increase the “processing of positive compared to negative affective information,” similar to an antidepressant drug.

After receiving a single session of high density negative ion treatment, in a double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized study:

Negative ion treatment increased the recognition of positive compared to negative facial expression and improved vigilance to unmasked stimuli across participants with seasonal depression and healthy controls. Negative ion treatment also improved recognition memory for positive information in the SAD group alone. These effects were seen in the absence of changes in subjective state or mood.


Improved recognition for positive information and facial expressions. Very interesting results!

Why Make Himalayan Salt Into A Lamp?

Another study paired high density negative ions with bright light, in order to measure if the clinical success observed in the treatment of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), could translate to patients suffering from clinical depression.

SIGH-SAD score improvement was 53.7% for bright light and 51.1% for high-density ions v. 17.0% for low-density ions […] Both bright light and negative air ions are effective for treatment of chronic depression.

So, by combining Himalayan salt with a light source, it is possible that both of these benefits can be obtained through a Himalayan salt lamp. It is also very possible that providing a bit of heat will increase the amount of negative ions released into the air by the Himalayan salt lamp.

Himalayan Salt Lamps Filter Blue Light

The effects of blue light on sleep is another well studied topic. Exposure to blue light has been shown to boost energy, alertness, and mood. That is great! Unless you are trying to fall asleep… Blue light in the later hours of the day can affect a bodies’ production of melatonin.

Light emitted from a Himalayan pink salt lamp will naturally be filtered of harmful blue light. The red/pink glow is a perfect hue for a night light. Late night reading without blue light is also much healthier for your sleep cycle. Thus, this is an easily overlooked aspect of Himalayan salt lamp benefits.

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How to Experience Himalayan Salt Lamp Benefits

Luckily enough, Himalayan Salt Lamps are readily available online for as little as $25.