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All about Himalayan Salt Lamps

“True” Himalayan salt lamps are made from salt of the Khewra Salt Mine in Pakistan (in the Himalayas) because the area was part of the purest bodies of water millions of years ago. Usually salt is made at sea but what makes Himalayan salt so special is that it formed in the mountains.

Apparently when the sun dried up the seawater, the salt crystals formed. And because of this, the salt was exposed to crazy temperatures and pressure so this gorgeous, solid, crystal formed naturally in beautiful shades of pink.




Himalayan salt doesn’t go through any chemical process so the authentic quality is totally preserved. Therefore, Himalayan salt is one of the most hygienic and non-polluted mineral sources.


Rumor has it while Alexander the Great was conquering Persia, his horses stopped and started licking the rocks around Jhelum and Mianwali (in the Himalaya mountains).


What is the difference between pink / white /grey / black salt lamps?


The deepness of the salt's color largely depends on the amount of iron oxide running through it. White Himalayan salt (the rarest variety) is the freest from impurities, while added minerals give pink Himalayan salt its rosy glow.


Pink Himalayan Salt





Pink Salt is the most common colour of Himalayan Salt and has recently become popular to have in the home. The main reason for the difference in salt colour is iron content. If iron is present in the crystal formation, then the tones will be pinker. Pink Salt can be a variety of shades of pink, red or orange; each colour reflecting the amount of iron found within it. So, the darker the pink, the higher the iron content.

Cooking Salt – Pink Salt is used more for cooking than the other colours. It has a minimal salt taste so it is perfect for seasoning food and not dominating the palate. It is also seen as ‘cute’ when in a salt grinder so is popular for those who want an aesthetic pantry.

Lamps – Pink Salt Lamps create a warming glow, much like that of a fire. It’s a common colour for lamps and can be found almost anywhere salt lamps are found.


White Himalayan Salt



White Salt is a beautiful colour and can sometimes display patches of grey. White Salt is much rarer than the Pink Salt so is often more expensive. Its rarity is based on the location it is found in. White Salt is generally found in the outer parts of the mountain which makes it harder to retrieve than Pink Salt. The colour, as it is so light, indicates a low iron content.

Cooking Salt – White Salt is often used in cooking to replace regular table salt. It isn’t used as much as Pink Salt because of the reduced minerals. It is mostly used for food presentation as the light colour is aesthetic when placed with food.

Lamps: due to the rare nature of White Salt, a White Salt Lamp will not be found everywhere. The glow it emits is brighter than Pink Salt which makes it more useful as a general room lamp, or desk lamp.


Black/Grey Himalayan Salt



Black Himalayan Salt is much rarer than White Salt. It has a very strong sulphur, magnesium and iron content which accounts for the darker colour.

Cooking Salt: Black Salt isn’t as common as Pink or White Salt for cooking. Due to the higher sulphur content in the Salt, it is known to have a richer taste, and is often used in authentic South Asian cooking and is referred to as “Kala namak”.


Lamps: the lamps made from Black Salt tend to appear more grey than black. Black Salt is rarer than White to find. With the darker colour Salt, the light doesn’t glow as brightly as Pink or White salt. However, the light emitted from the Salt creates a relaxing atmosphere and it is perfect for the bedroom as it aids in sleeping.




Did you know?

Salt lamps have been around since the 1980s.

You know how they say trends always come back in style? This lamp is proof. They were first popular back in the '80s and have resurfaced as of late, likely because of their “supposed” health benefits and relaxing vibe — something our tech-obsessed society needs big time.


2. They have some serious health benefits — supposedly.


Just like the air after a lightning storm feels clean and fresh, these lamps claim to cleanse the air, too. They generate negative ions, which neutralize toxins that cloud the air we breathe. As a result, you can expect them to boost your mood and improve allergies.


3. The darker the pink, the higher the quality.


Generally speaking, if your lamp is light pink or has visible black deposits in the stone, it was likely mined from a lower-quality crystal salt, according to Negative Ionizers.


4. They do produce a lot of dust.


The reason these lamps cleanse the air is because the negative ions they produce attach themselves to dust, pollen and dirt, which makes these particles heavier and more likely to drop onto the nearest surface. So you might find yourself grabbing your microfiber cloth more often.

5. They also sweat as they work.


Since negative ions also attract moisture in the air, your lamp might leave a salt or water ring on your table after using it. To avoid this, keep your lamp on a coaster or a surface that can withstand moisture. But remember to prevent the “sweating” effect, you need to keep your lamp on 24/7

6. They come in all shapes and sizes.



Even though you're probably most familiar with the oval-shaped lamp on a wooden base, they also come as a cube, a hexagon and even chunks of rock in a basket.


7. But they aren't one-size-fits-all.


If you want to purify the air in a big room, you need a larger lamp — and vice versa for a small room. If you only care about one area where you spend most time in a room, like by your pillow in your bedroom, you can just keep a small lamp near that spot.


8. They always set the mood.


There's nothing like the glow of a pink and orange stone to set a relaxing vibe in your home. If you want a grown-up nightlight, look no further. These lamps are also ideal for bedtime reading when you want to ease yourself to sleep kindly.


“True” Himalayan salt lamps are made from salt of the Khewra Salt Mine in Pakistan (in the Himalayas) because the area was part of the purest bodies of water millions of years ago. Usually salt is made at sea but what makes Himalayan salt so special is that it formed in the mountains.

Apparently when the sun dried up the seawater, the salt crystals formed. And because of this, the salt was exposed to crazy temperatures and pressure so this gorgeous, solid, crystal formed naturally in beautiful shades of pink.


Himalayan salt doesn’t go through any chemical process so the authentic quality is totally preserved. Therefore, Himalayan salt is one of the most hygienic and non-polluted mineral sources.

Rumor has it while Alexander the Great was conquering Persia, his horses stopped and started licking the rocks around Jhelum and Mianwali (in the Himalaya mountains).


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