What is a Himalayan Salt Lamp

What is a Himalayan Salt Lamp? History and Definition

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Nowadays, many people wonder what Himalayan salt is. What are salt lamps? Where does Himalayan sea salt come from? Himalayan Salt Lamp is made of the salt crystal that is constructed under the sea million years ago. Commonly, salt is made at sea, yet this Himalayan salt is unique because it is naturally produced on a Himalayan mountain, the Khewra Salt Mine, Jhelum District, east of Pakistan (Himalaya). Himalayan Salt crystal does not pass any chemical process so the genuine quality is preserved. No wonder, the Himalayan mountain salt is famous as a hygienic and non-polluted mineral source.

It is said that in the 15th century, Alexander the Great conquered Persia. He was about to conquer all areas in the India subcontinent. As the troops passed the area of Jhelum and Mianwali, their horses suddenly stopped and licked the rocks around the hill that they wandered.


Confused with what happened to their horses, Alexander the Great made an investigation on the rocks that they passed by. After that, he realized that they were stepping on a giant salt rock. This is a salt hill! Alexander the Great then made the troops dig the salt hill. Finally, he found million tons of ancient salt that had been hidden under the Himalayan hills.

This area was originally part of the purest and non-polluted sea of the world. When the seawater dried up due to the sun heat, the salt crystal is made. This Crystal Salt was exposed to extreme temperature and pressure that a strong and superior crystal structure was constructed with various colors that were all created naturally.


Most of the Himalayan salt rock colors are pink and red; which is caused by the iron oxide (Fe2O3). Therefore, this type of salt is also popular as a “pink salt”. This Himalayan Mountain Salt is the richest salt with the most mineral contents. What is science behind Himalayan salt lamps?. It has 84 kinds of minerals; the content of which is similar to the minerals on human bodies.

The pure chemical elements on Himalayan Salt crystal include:

Praseodymium, samarium, europium, gadolinium, terbium, dysprosium, holmium, erbium, thulium, ytterbium, lutetium, hafnium, tantalum, tungsten, rhenium, osmium, iridium, platinum, gold, mercury, thallium, lead, bismuth, polonium, astatine, francium, radium, actinium, thorium, protactinium, uranium, neptunium, hydrogen, lithium, antimony, beryllium, boron, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, fluoride, sodium, magnesium, aluminum, silicon, scandium, titanium, vanadium, phosphorus, chromium, manganese, zinc, gallium, sulfur, chloride, germanium, arsenic, selenium, bromine, rubidium, strontium, yttrium, zirconium, niobium, molybdenum, ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver, cadmium, indium, tin, tellurium, iodine, cesium, barium, lanthanum, calcium, iron, cobalt,  nickel, copper, cerium and plutonium (Source: Water & Salt, The Essence of Life by Dr. Barbara Hendel, MD and Biophysicist, Peter Ferreira, 2003).

Himalayan Salt Lamp

Due to the significances, this crystal salt has been explored for various health products. One of the products is the Electric Lamp (ionic salt lamp). Crystal Salt Lamp of Himalayan Mount has capabilities to produce negative ion, especially when it receives heat (from light bulbs). The negative ion that is produced will be distributed continuously and gradually to maintain health.

Besides the unlimited significance, this Himalayan rock salt lamp will be a stunning ornament for an interior décor/design. This lamp is perfect for a night light that will create a peaceful and healthful atmosphere.

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