6 Little-Known Facts About Himalayan Salt Lamps!

by Janice FERGUSON on Oct 22, 2020

6 Little-Known Facts About Himalayan Salt Lamps! - Inspire Me Naturally


Himalayan salt lamps have become more popular than ever, renowned for their ability to help purify the air, boost your mood and even promote better sleep. We’ve previously shared our tips on buying a Himalayan salt lamp online, and the best ways to use a Himalayan salt lamp for health and wellness.

But, what about some interesting facts you might not yet know about these incredible ancient crystals?

From the history of salt therapy to size guides and maintenance, keep reading for 6 little-known facts about Himalayan salt lamps below!

Himalayan salt lamp fact: They have a rich history dating back 200 million years

Did you know Himalayan salt dates back over 200 million years? The Himalayan mountains were originally formed due to uncontrollable pressure of the Indo-Australian tectonic plates. After the surrounding ocean dried up, massive salt deposits were left behind, creating Himalayan salt beds that remained protected by the mountains.

Since then, people from all across the globe have been using salt therapy for health and wellness. Himalayan salt is the most pure, mineral-rich salt source (packed with over 84+ trace minerals), and is renowned for assisting with respiratory health and detoxifying the body. 

Himalayan salt lamp fact: They are harvested from Pakistan

Genuine Himalayan salt lamps are primarily harvested by hand from Pakistan, on the western side of the Himalayan Mountains. This particular salt mine is the second largest in the world, renowned for producing some of the purest and most mineral-rich salt available. 

Himalayan salt lamp fact: They can help to remove odours

Along with purifying the air, Himalayan salt lamps can actually be used to remove odours from your home, too!

Due to their hygroscopic properties, Himalayan salt lamps can tackle lingering odours by trapping dust, mildew and other allergens. With this in mind, you might want to consider placing a salt lamp in the rooms that seem to accumulate the most smells.

Himalayan salt lamp fact: They come in different sizes

There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to Himalayan salt lamps. In fact, these lamps come in a range of different sizes, from 1kg right up to 100kg!  

So when it comes to Himalayan salt lamps, does size matter? The answer is yes. Bigger salt lamps will have a greater effect on the surrounding air, while smaller salt lamps are best for smaller rooms like bedrooms, studios or workspaces. You can check out our Himalayan salt lamp size guide for our tips on choosing the right salt lamp for your home!

Himalayan salt lamp fact: Beware of fake salt lamps

Unfortunately, not all Himalayan salt lamps are created equal. Due to the growing popularity of Himalayan salt lamps, there are many fake salt lamps on the market. These fake lamps contain zero health benefits, but the good news is, it’s fairly easy to tell the difference. You can learn more about identifying a fake Himalayan salt lamp on the blog!

Himalayan salt lamp fact: They are easy to maintain

Although Himalayan salt lamps are fragile, they can last for decades. Himalayan salt lamps are incredibly low maintenance - they simply need to be wiped down with a damp cloth occasionally, and ideally switched on for at least 16 hours a day to prevent them from “sweating”. You can read our Himalayan salt lamp care guide here to learn more about maintaining your lamp.

Here at Inspire Me Naturally, we have a huge range of genuine Himalayan salt lamps, including Natural lamps and Crafted lamps. You can check out our full selection online, with AfterPay, ZipPay, LayBuy and LatitudePay available on all purchases.

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