Tell me if you have ever seen a more aesthetically pleasing lamp than a Himalayan Salt Lamp?!
I’ve seen loads of these in the background of people’s rooms, in massage places, and even in salons. And I’ve always wondered – what in the world are these? They look amazing!
I looked into it and realised it wasn’t just sitting there and being pretty. It actually has a whole bunch of benefits for anyone across the globe.
What Does It Do?
The benefits of the Himalayan Salt Lamp include –
- Better sleep
- A stronger immune system
- Cleansing of the air in the room
- Reducing allergies like itching eyes or nose
- Improving mood and concentration
… and much more!
I bought a 3-4kg Himalayan Salt Lamp from local seller SGSmartBuys and I was so incredibly excited when mine arrived. It looked beautiful, was heavier than I thought and was legitimately made of salt (something I was afraid of it not being). The shape was nice and the colour was a reddish orange.
It is sat on a small wooden base which almost looked too small to hold the stone up as it was soooo heavy, but it does a good job and my lamp has never toppled over.
The bulb inside it comes with a dimmable switch which I love and appreciate as I prefer it to be on the low-light setting, especially when I’m about to sleep.
I got mine for $25.50 (SGD) which is about £14.90, and I think it is a really great price! Mine was considered a medium sized one, so the price was also in between the small and large version. It does not have a ‘shelf-life’ even though it is entirely made of salt, which is brilliant.
I plugged it in and it instantly made my room 10 times cozier than it was before!
I’ve used it every day for many hours at a time for about 4 weeks now. Here are my brutally honest thoughts –
Disclaimer – prior to buying the lamp, I have suffered with lots of allergies for years, mostly to dust and fur, which is a shame as I have 2 dogs at home and I love fluffy, cosy things. My eyes and throat itch a lot, almost on a daily basis and my nose runs pretty much every other day because of me constantly wanting to pet my dogs. When I read about what the lamp could do for me, I was so excited to see it work its wondrous salty magic. Did it?
4 weeks later, I did notice that my itchy eyes calmed down, but my throat remained the same. I’d be woken up in the middle of the night with an extremely itchy throat and having to down some water. Do I think it helped my allergies? Honestly, no. I had to take an anti-histamine a couple of times in the 4 weeks which is normal for me, but I had hoped I wouldn’t have to take any.
I don’t blame the lamp at all – I’ve had allergies for years!
However, the one thing I noticed is that I did sleep better! I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. I am a light sleeper, any noise or light would wake me and once I get interrupted sleep, the rest of my day is ruined. I found myself feeling drowsy about 30 minutes after my head hitting the pillow which is a rarity for someone with insomnia like me. I used to toss and turn for about 3 hours every night!
I slept for 16 whole hours the first night I got it! How crazy is that?
Overall, I do really adore the lamp that I bought. Even if it didn’t help me sleep, didn’t cleanse the air or didn’t help my allergies, it is a really good addition to any bedroom environment as it cozies up the place so well, without being unsightly or glaring.
I would recommend anyone to buy it as I do think it is a lovely item in general, and it also makes a good gift. They come in many shapes and sizes, some even come in small salt cubes to place in a holder instead of an entire salt stone which is really cute too. Some have an essential oil holder in them if you want the room to smell nice as well.
I really do love my lamp and the specific size I got, and I would highly recommend it!
Bear in mind the lamp can get as heavy as 10kg if you get a big one, so keeping small children and animals out of its way would be a good idea – it could definitely crush a living thing!
WARNING – Do NOT let your pets near this item as there have been cases of animals suffering from salt poisoning and eventually dying due to licking the salt over extended periods of time. The salt is very very concentrated. Keep the lamp away from places your pets can reach for their safety. Take care of them!
Do you own a Himalayan Salt Lamp too, or something similar? What has your experience been like with it?
Has my review made you want to look into it more, or do you think it is a gimmick? Let me know in the comments down below, I’d love to hear your thoughts!