Recall on salt lamps

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Our real Himalayan salt lamp connection.

A lot of people have come to us recently because they heard about the recall of Thousands of “salt” lamps. Since they know we use them, sell them, and blogged about them, they were worried. We wanted our readers to know the real Himalayan salt lamps from the Himalayan Salt Shop that we own, use, and blogged about are not a part of that recall and their quality and safety are not in question.

Quality matters. There is a world of difference between real salt lamps and fakes, and between the craftsmanship and quality of different brands. We did a lot of research before purchasing for ourselves and writing our original salt lamp review.

We know everybody wants to get a good deal – and lots of places were selling rock lamps prior to the holidays for some amazing prices that we just couldn’t compete with. Well, now we appear to know why.

When the two of us first heard about the health benefits of the Himalayan pink salt (which is the only type of salt we use for our families – we shunned Morton’s table salt for pink Himalayan years ago to get those 84 trace minerals) we were really intrigued about the possibilities with the salt lamp. But like with everything we think of getting ourselves into, we go into super research mode first. One of the first things we figured out during our research was that there are some fakes out there and that the health benefits would only be possible with real Himalayan salt (from the Khewra mine in Pakistan.). A quick search for salt lamps at Amazon (because we wanted to save money too) led us to realize that if we could not verify the source of the salt, it was likely a cheap fake. We know that the lamps in question were recalled because of faulty wiring/switches, not because anyone claimed they were fake. We honestly don’t know anything about the recalled lamps – but we do know about the company we bought from.

It was our concern about quality that led us to the Himalayan Salt Shop. We were able to verify the source of the salt which was indeed the Khewra mine in Pakistan (and that was our number one priority). Yes, they were a little more pricey than Amazon or Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Yes, it took a while to get them delivered. Yes, some people passed up the opportunity to buy them from us (either in person or through the link to the shop) because they wanted to spend less at the large chain stores. We get it! But what we also got were real, healthy, and safe salt lamps.

We have another shipment coming which should arrive in about three weeks. We are also willing to take pre-orders. We have to buy them by the case to pass on the most savings.

If you got one from us – you do NOT have to worry! No recall for you. If you got one of the recalled salt lamps that are listed here, make sure you follow the instructions for your recall and get your money back.

Signs of a fake salt lamp:

  • It’s highly durable: Real salt lamps are heavy and strong, yet delicate. If you bang it, it will chip and you can lose chunks. Also, when it arrives, the shipping process will likely have caused you to find smaller chunks of salt rocks in the bottom of the box. If your lamp is very durable – it’s most likely not real.
  • It’s light is bright: Real salt lamps are thick chunks of salt with a high content of numerous minerals (84, remember?) It will only give off an irregular and muffled light. If you can illuminate a room with it – it’s most likely not real.
  • No mention of the source (Pakistan): Like we said, if you can’t verify it’s from the actual Himalayan mine – it’s most likely not real.
  • It’s moisture resistant: Remember – it’s salt! It is to be used in a cool, dry location. If you put it near moisture (like the shower for example), it will sweat and even have some wear. If your lamp is not prone to sweating near moisture – it’s most likely not real.
  • White crystals, yet still inexpensive: Your typical Himalayan salt lamps will be between pink and dark orange. They give off a very warm pinkish/orange glow. There is such a thing as a white Himalayan salt lamp, but it is extremely rare and therefore substantially more expensive. If your lamp is very light or white and was still a great deal – it’s most likely not real.

The two of us have had our salt lamps running for months now. Suzanne has three running 24/7 and Yvonne has two. They do not over-heat, they give off a very soft glow, and most importantly, we are even more convinced of their health benefits than ever!

If you read our original post, you may remember that Suzanne already saw the difference in her ADHD son, but the jury was still out on her son with severe allergies. Yvonne had also quickly realized how the air in her home didn’t have that ‘a dog lives here’ vibe. Well – the jury is no longer out on Suzanne’s allergy boy. He has been going for allergy shots for almost four years now. Before the salt lamp came he had hit a wall in his allergy shot schedule. He kept failing his sensitivity test and they kept down-grading his vile of serum. Every week he would go, and every week they would lower his dose and he would still fail. They even brought him back to a dose that was lower than the original dose he started with four years ago! They were getting ready to give up and deem this particular trio of allergens impossible to help him with. I asked them to not give up quite yet!!! Well, just last week he finally passed his sensitivity test and they are able to start increasing his dosage again!! SUCCESS! Success that I (Suzanne) attribute to the real Himalayan salt lamp that has been running continuously, and the essential oil allergy-fighting blend that I have been defusing every chance I get.

If you want a real Himalayan salt lamp too… you can either click on one of the links to the shop above, or contact us to place an order for pick-up and we will place another bulk order.

Don’t give up on having a salt lamp for it health benefits because of this recall! Just return your recalled one and get another one whose authenticity has been verified and whose quality has not been questioned.

Natural Salt Lamp Orange – Himalayan Glow

Unique salt lamp made from Natural Himalayan salt crystals hand mined in the Himalayan Mountains. Once lit, the lamp will emit a calming amber color. Heating the salt releases negative ions into the air, creating an effect like an ionizer, purifying the surrounding air. Bring divine harmony to any room with these beautiful salt crystal lamps. Its therapeutic glow of orange hues infuses a natural calm bringing the mind and body to a gradual sense of tranquility and well-being. When lit, it emits negative ions that fight against positively charged particles that cause us to feel stuffy and sluggish. Use the lamp as a gentle nightlight or to create a relaxing mood. Whether in a child’s room, family room or office, the lamp provides a natural touch. Made of salt crystals from deep within the Himalayan Mountains; home to the world’s purest and most colorful salt. It is hand carved to preserve its natural beauty. It is almost maintenance free and is very easy to clean. Just wipe off the outside surface with a damp sponge and dry off with a paper towel. The longer you keep it lit, the better the emission of negative ions. Due to the nature of the natural salt, each crystal even the same size varies in the term of weight, shape and color. Lamp varies 10% to 20%.

Are you having some worrisome suspicions that your newly-bought Himalayan salt lamp isn’t legit? Or, are you planning to buy one and want to make sure you get a legit salt lamp?

When I bought my first salt lamp, I had somehow gotten a whiff of the fact that there are a lot of fakes out there. It got me alarmed because of the money I’d spent. At the same time, I was getting frustrated because my “exciting” purchase was making me anxious instead.

As you can expect, I did A TON of research and I was ready when my (super heavy) package finally came to my doorstep. So, let me share my actual experience with you.

Signs Your Himalayan Salt Lamp Is Fake

There are 6 major warning signals, from suspiciously low prices to it being brighter than the sun. I’ll go into those in more detail in just a second.

Another sign that your salt lamp is fake is that it comes from anywhere other than the mines of Khewra, Pakistan. These mines run along the western edge of the Himalayan Mountains.

I didn’t list it as a sign for you to watch out for though because a seller who tries to offload a knock-off on you will most likely lie about its source anyway.

So let’s talk about how you can test and spot these signs in more detail.

How to Test and Spot These Signs

#1 – Your salt lamp is bogus if it is white but you got it cheap

Salt lamps come in a variety of charming colors. They are a result of different-colored veins of salt running deep in the mountains. The colors range from pinks to oranges to white. As you may have noticed from photos of salt lamps, orange and pink lamps are the most common. White lamps, however, are very rare and as such, are priced more than the other colors.

To test:

How much did you buy your white salt lamp for? An 8-inch white Himalayan salt lamp sells for approx $30 while a 10-inch sells for more than $60. If you got yours for much, much less than these prices, that’s one check mark on your fake list.

#2 – It is lighting up the entire room like a regular light

Real salt lamps are not like regular lights. They emit a warm glow but are not supposed to be as bright as fluorescent lights. In fact, the darker the color (like dark reds and oranges), the less light it emits.

To test:

Does your lamp simply give off a glow around it even at max setting (for those with a dimmer)? Or, is it lighting up like a study lamp or fluorescent lamp?

If you got yourself a big Himalayan salt lamp that is 20 pounds or heavier, it should not able to give off light in a uniform pattern anymore. It’s just how these crystal lamps work. So, if you got yourself a large one and it’s lighting up your entire room, then it is likely a fake.

#3 – You’ve never seen it weep or get moist

When there is moisture in the air, a real HSL will attract that moisture and absorb it. It’s actually how it cleanses and purifies the air.

You can keep a salt lamp from weeping but this is an example of a resulting puddle from a salt lamp.

To test:

If you know that you live in a humid area and yet your salt lamp is as dry as the Sahara Dessert even when turned off, then Houston, we’ve got a problem. Salt lamps weep and puddle like crazy when they’re turned off. You should have seen your salt lamp get moist at least once if turned off.

#4 – It’s as invincible as a Stan Lee superhero

When you get down to it, a Himalayan salt lamp is just a big chunk of salt. And unlike harder rocks, this makes it fragile and prone to breaking or chipping.

Got this photo from a customer whose cat got to her salt lamp. See the little broken piece on the side?

To test:

Recall when you first opened your salt lamp in its package. Did it come with a few bits slightly chipped off? This is actually a common experience with owners of real salt lamps. The worst report is getting a crystal that’s been halved. On the up side, that customer got a REAL one. Ha ha.

We don’t recommend dropping your lamp or anything extreme but if you’ve had accidents with it and it’s come out unscathed without even a few pieces chipping off, it is most likely fake.

#5 – No returns policy

Obvs, a seller of fakes will not honor a money-back guarantee or warranty.

To test:

Check out the returns policy of your seller. Does it sound legit? Read the customer review and see if they are positive and if any of them have successfully returned their purchases.

#6 – You are not experiencing the expected benefits

Real converts like me would rave about a whole list of benefits from these babies while somebody more cautionary would at least feedback that their salt lamp makes them feel good (and relaxed and happy).

To test:

I’d lend you my allergy-prone nephew (story here) but since I can’t, you’d just have to observe yourself.

Recall who has allergies in your house that’s in close contact with your lamp. Are they still sneezing as much?

Do you have pets inside your home? Do you notice any improvement in the quality and smell of your indoor air?

You can read all of the benefits HERE and if you’re not experiencing at least a feeling of wellness from your salt lamp, then you might just own a fake one.

See Also: The 5 Best Salt Lamps to Buy

A new fad has been sweeping the nation. Himalayan salt lamps — crystals of reddish-hued salt from the world’s most mountainous region, that have been chiseled out in the center to place a light bulb or heat lamp.

Sellers of these spa-like room accessories claim the lamps can “clear the air of electro-smog,” oxygenate the brain, reduce symptoms of such mood disorders as seasonal affective disorder and even improve the immune system. Proponents claim these lamps work in two ways: They attract allergens and pollutants from the air to their surface, and they generate negative ions.

“They’re pretty. It would be an attractive thing to have on your mantle or your bedside,” said John Malin, a retired chemist formerly with the American Chemical Society.

However, there is no evidence that these lamps produce meaningful amounts of negatively charged particles, or ions, or that they reduce pollutants in the air. To assess the health claims, scientists need to answer three basic questions: Does Himalayan salt contain any special ingredients that could somehow positively affect health? Do negative ions benefit health? And if they do benefit health, do these lamps produce them in any quantity? Malin said. On all three counts, there is little-to-no evidence supporting the claims, he said.

“I kind of feel like it’s three strikes and you’re out,” Malin told Live Science. “I’m sorry to be debunking this, but I just can’t find anything scientifically valid in it.”

How it’s supposed to work

Himalayan salt lamps are essentially hunks of rock salt mined from the Himalayas (typically in Pakistan) that have been hollowed out to allow a space for a light bulb or heating element. When they are on, they give off a soft, red glow.

But how exactly does a hunk of pretty salt accomplish the myriad health benefits sellers attribute to it?

According to Solay Wellness Inc., which sells these lamps, one key to Himalayan salt lamps is that they produce negative ions.

“Salt crystal is naturally hygroscopic, absorbing water molecules from the air. You will notice if your salt lamp remains unlit for long periods of time, it will begin to ‘cry.’ The heat from a small light bulb keeps these beautiful crystals dry and in turn releases negative ions (the healthy ones found in abundance in places like oceans, waterfalls, even your shower) into the air,” according to the site.

Other sites claim that the crystals attract toxins or pollutants to the rock salt surface because water molecules in the air may also carry pollutants, mold and allergens. The water vapor touches the surface of the salt, depositing these pollutants, then releasing the water vapor, according to DrAxe.com.

How the lamps actually work

However, these claims have little evidence to back them up and do not make sense from a basic chemistry standpoint, Malin said.

One claim is that they produce negative ions that directly improve health.

Unless Himalayan sea salt contains high concentrations of other trace minerals compared with ordinary table salt, the predominant ions that could form from a salt lamp are sodium and chloride ions, Malin said.

“But salt is really stable, so you heat it up a little bit and nothing really happens,” Malin said

To dissociate the two ions, people would need to raise the temperature to about 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit (816 degrees Celsius), which cannot be accomplished with a 15-watt light bulb. (If the lamps were hot enough to dissociate the two elements, they would present a fire hazard.)

If the negative ions produced come from trace minerals in the salt, then sellers should demonstrate that Himalayan salt contains meaningful quantities of those other ions, he added. So far, no scientist has bothered to test whether rock salt from Pakistan has unique trace elements at high concentrations, he said.

Some small amount of water vapor in the air might adhere to the salt’s surface, and some of that water vapor might dissociate salt into sodium and chloride ions. But as soon as the water vapor dried, the two ion types would immediately recombine to form salt, so that process is unlikely to produce negative ions either, he said.

As for the idea that water vapor in the room attracts pollutants, then sticks to the surface of the lamp, that, too, makes little sense, he said. Some pollutants in the air might, by chance, stick to water vapor on the surface of the lukewarm piece of rock salt, but there’s no evidence that the meager heat produced by a light bulb could produce significant amounts of pollutant filtering, he said.

“In terms of mass removal of pollutants from the air, I just don’t think it can happen,” Malin said. Instead, a chunk of charcoal with a fan blowing over it would likely have much better filtering properties, he added.

What’s more, the amount of air in the room is so huge relative to the size of the rock crystals that few of the pollutants circulating in the room could stick to the surface of the rock salt. Even if the lamps did manage to attract pollutants, the surface of the rock salt would quickly become coated with pollutants and no more could stick. Meanwhile, the air supply is always being replenished, either through ventilation systems or open doors or windows, bringing ever-more air pollutants into the room, he said.

Negative ions

If salt lamps did generate meaningful concentrations of negative ions, would that be a good thing? Over decades of research, the evidence for negative ionization benefits on health are very weak.

A 2013 study in the journal BMC Psychiatry reviewed data from several studies found that overall, negative air ionization has no overall effect on anxiety, mood, sleep or personal comfort. However, those studies did document a slight reduction in depressive symptoms, with higher levels of impact from higher concentrations of negative ionization. The analysis also showed a slight improvement in seasonal affective disorder, even with lower ion concentrations. The explanation for this weak effect is that the sun’s stronger rays in the summer produce more negative ions than during the winter, and negative ionizers are potentially mimicking those summer-like conditions, said Dr. Alan Manevitz, a psychiatrist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. However, a more established way to mimic summer conditions is with light therapy, which has been studied more extensively, he said.

Overall, however, for major depression, “there’s no strong research evidence that states that it benefits depression at this point in time,” Manevitz said.

A few isolated studies have shown modest and equivocal effects from negative ionization. For instance, in 1981, researchers at the University of Surrey in England looked at the incidence of stuffiness, nausea, dizziness and headaches in people in an office environment. They found office air had fewer negative ions than is typical outside. So the team conducted a double-blind study and found that the reintroduction of ions reduced the incidence of these symptoms over a 12-week period. The findings were published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. A 1993 study published in the Journal of Human Ergonomics found that negative ions could slightly affect people’s circadian rhythms, although they had no impact on anxiety or exercise levels.

The strongest evidence supporting any benefit of negative ions is as an antibacterial agent. A 1979 study in the journal Nature showed that high levels of negative oxygen ions could kill bacteria. Ionizers could also reduce the prevalence of surface and airborne bacteria in refrigerators, according to a 2009 study. However, that research applied only to sanitizing food or work surfaces, and did not make any claims about health benefits.

The positive results seen in negative ionization studies may be caused by the placebo effect; the few studies showing benefits don’t show a clear relationship between perceived benefits and ion concentration, Malin said. “You could have 300 per cubic centimeter or 1 million per cubic centimeter and people would say, ‘Yep, I’m feeling better,'” Malin said.

That means it’s reasonable to conclude that if there were no added ions in the air but people were told the air had been ionized, they would also report feeling better, he added.

“People are always looking for ‘holistic’ treatments that don’t seem to cause systemic side effects and seem healthy on the surface,” Manevitz told Live Science. “But consumers have to be careful.”

Originally published on Live Science.

Vets warn Himalayan salt lamps are dangerous and could KILL cats

4 July 2019, 11:44 | Updated: 4 July 2019, 11:55

Cats could die as a result of having a Himalayan rock lamp in the home. Picture: Getty

By Mared Parry

@maredparry

The pretty pink lamps are a popular decoration in many homes, as they’re thought to have a number of health benefits… but not if you’re a cat!

Himalayan salt lamps are usually a welcome addition to any bedroom or living space as they’re thought to help with sleeping and boost moods, however, the same doesn’t apply for cats.

Vets have warned that the pink rock lamps can be LETHAL to cats, and the warning comes after a New Zealand pet owner nearly lost her feline friend as a result.

The lamps are usually used as holders for tea lights and different candles. Picture: Getty

The lamps, which are huge lumps of salty rock are very tempting for cats to lick du etc its course texture, but this could cause sodium poisoning, which causes a number of negative effects such as pain, vomiting, seizures and even DEATH.

Maddie Smith suffered the horrible result of having the lamp in her home after cat Ruby started “walking really strangely” last week and holding her head in a strange way.

In a matter of hours Ruby’s health had deteriorated massively and she was unable to drink or eat and she couldn’t see, hear or walk.

A cat from New Zealand nearly died after licking her owner’s lamp. Picture: Getty

After a visit to the vets, it was revealed that she was experiencing salt poisoning, which had caused her brain to swell and led to neurological problems.

Although Ruby was treated and has now recovered, the vets who treated her warned that if she had taken any longer to go to the vets she would have definitely died.

The pink lamp can give cats salt poisoning which is lethal. Picture: Getty

First Vets, the company that treated Maddie’s furry friend said: “In general, salt poisoning in dogs and cats is usually accidental, with the most common scenario involving dogs ingesting homemade playdough!

“The neurological signs seen in salt poisoning cases occur due to swelling in the brain that results from disruption in the body’s electrolyte levels.”

Maddie added: “Salt poisoning is EXTREMELY deadly to animals and she is basically a miracle to still be here now. ‘These salt lamps are addictive to animals, and if they get a taste it becomes just like potato chips are to us!

“So please please keep these out of reach from your fur babies. Ruby still has a long road to recovery but we are so glad she’s still here with us, with the right nutrition and hydration we should have her back to normal.”

Himalayan Salt Lamp Warnings: Are There Any Salt Lamp Dangers?

Check the Dimmer Switch on Older Salt Lamps To Be Safe

The faulty part in the Lumière salt lamp recall was a dimmer switch, reported and pictured in online reviews as an older ZE–04 model number, purchased in 2016 up to early 2017. Newer versions of this dimmer switch appear to be UL certified.

If you have an older Lumière Himalayan salt lamp, and, according to unconfirmed reports, possibly Himalayan Glow and WBM salt lamps, it’s worth checking the lamp’s dimmer switch for this number.

If you find it then it would be wise to contact the manufacturer to see if your salt lamp should be recalled to be safe.

Importantly, the dimmer switch in all of these brands has being replaced since the salt lamp recall in early 2017. There are no reports I could find of any of these salt lamps being a safety issue now.

I’d still recommend avoiding cheap pink salt lamp brands that may cut corners with inferior and potentially dangerous electrical wiring and dimmer switches.

Light Bulbs Should Never Touch the Lamp Itself

You also don’t want lamp bulbs too close to or actually touching the crystal salt itself. This can lead to moisture dripping onto the light fitting and potentially shorting out the wiring.

This salt lamp warning would only apply to poorly made models, usually from China. Authentic Himalayan salt lamps from Pakistan should always be made with a hollowed out middle and come with a UL approved cord (or another country equivalent).

A well-made Himalayan salt lamp should last a lifetime. Saving a few dollars, yet risking overheating wiring, electrical shorts and even a potential fire hazard, just doesn’t make sense.

When it does come time to swap out a blown bulb make sure you use the right kind, like these ones, and follow this detailed salt lamp light bulb replacement guide carefully.

Himalayan Salt Lamp Warning for Small Children

One of the potential dangers of salt rock lamps is their weight, particularly if poorly positioned in a home with young children.

Salt lamps are surprisingly heavy and kids do seem to love to knock things over. Take care if you have a small child in your home, or even regular visits from one, to position your lamp on a sturdy table and well out of the reach of children.

This is especially important if you choose an extra large Himalayan salt lamp, like one of these stunning and great value feature lamps. Weighing up to 25 pounds, they could clearly be dangerous if a child could topple them over.

Properly made salt lamps will be fitted with a sturdy base, particularly for oversize and unusual Himalayan salt lamp shapes, so you only need to worry about positioning them out of reach of young children.

Cheap and poorly made salt lights, however, can have too small bases, be cut asymmetrically to make them unstable and, most dangerously, be improperly fixed to their base so they could eventually break and fall off.

Are Salt Lamps Toxic?

Himalayan salt lamps clean the air in your home of pollutants and, while there is nothing toxic in the salt block itself, they can get a thin coating of dust and other indoor pollution over time so it’s best to clean them every few weeks.

In fact, after cleaning your salt lamp, you can even lick it if you want to. If you are ever out of salt in your kitchen you could also scrape off a little to using in cooking as well. So yes, you can eat your Himalayan salt lamp if you really want to — it’s that non-toxic.

While licking a Himalayan salt lamp is safe for humans, the same can’t be said for pets, especially cats.

Special Warning for Salt Lamps and Cats

If you are a cat owner then you should take extra precautions when positioning your lamp in your home. Cats are curious and many salt lamp owners report that their cats are attracted to the lamp and like to lick it.

Too much salt is poisonous to cats and can cause negative side effects like vomiting, extreme thirst and diarrhea. More serious symptoms include severe dehydration, seizures, kidney disorders, blindness and even death.

Cats do need some salt in their diet but you definitely don’t want your cat licking a Himalayan salt lamp all day.

If you suspect your cat has ingested too much salt and has symptoms like lethargy, difficulty walking, vomiting and diarrhea then take them to a veterinarian immediately.

These same salt lamp dangers are relevant to dogs as well. Though they are less likely to have access to salt lamps to lick them as cats who can jump up onto furniture.

As you would with young children, make sure you consider cats, dogs and other pets in your home when you position your salt lamp and ensure they don’t have the opportunity to lick it to be safe.

Himalayan Salt Lamp Warning Summary

  • Avoid cheap salt lamps that may use inferior and potentially dangerous electrical wiring and dimmer switches.
  • Check the dimmer switch and light fitting on older salt lamps for signs of overheating. This is especially important after the Lumière salt lamp recall.
  • Ensure the light bulb inside the lamp never touches the salt as this can lead to sweating and even short out the light switch.
  • Position your Himalayan salt lamp out of reach of young children and pets like cats as too much Himalayan salt can be toxic to them.

Are Salt Lamps Safe to Leave On?

The longer you leave your Himalayan salt lamp on, the better the air cleaning effect will be.

Low wattage light bulbs used in these lamps don’t use much electricity and, in fact, if you turn them off you can have problems with your salt lamp leaking water.

So yes, salt lamps are safe to leave on at all times as long as they are fitted with approved electrical fittings and properly positioned in your home.

Are There Any Himalayan Salt Lamp Negative Side Effects?

Salt lamps do work to clean the air and can provide surprising benefits in your home. For best results, they should be left on at all times to prevent sweating and maintain their hygroscopic air purifying effect.

Some people ask ‘can salt lamps cause headaches and migraines?’ Quite the opposite in fact.

By cleaning the air of allergens and providing a gentle amber colored glow, as opposed to harsh blue light which affects melatonin production, these lamps actually combat two common causes of headaches.

In reviews in online forums, many owners report fewer headaches and migraines since they began using a Himalayan salt lamp in their home.

I haven’t seen any scientific studies to back this up, though there is little incentive for this expensive research to be done.

Another strange question of people ask is ‘can salt lamps make you sick?’ Aside from licking your lamp like a cat and ingesting too much sodium, there’s no reason why a salt rock lamp should make you sick.

There’s a valid argument to be made that salt lamps aren’t nearly as effective at cleaning the air as a true negative ion generator, like one of these highly recommended ionic air purifiers.

However, in many years of researching Himalayan salt lamps, I’ve never seen any valid reports of negative side effects, only health benefits and an increased sense of peace and tranquility in people’s homes.

So Are Salt Lamp Safe?

There are two main salt lamp dangers to be aware of. The first is faulty electrical wiring, potentially overheating and causing a fire hazard.

This isn’t really a salt lamp specific danger though. Rather, a safety issue with any lamp or electrical equipment with a poorly made and uncertified power cord.

And secondly, badly positioned salt lamps that could be knocked over by young children or licked by cats and other pets. Awareness of this issue when you choose a spot for your lamp guards against any future problems.

These Himalayan salt lamp warnings really shouldn’t prevent anyone from owning and benefiting from one of these beautiful natural lamps in their home.

I’ve reviewed the best Himalayan salt lamps here in detail, with different sizes, shapes and designs for every budget and room size.

Used properly, salt lamps are completely safe and make a stunning addition to any living space. You can read about Himalayan salt lamp benefits, how they work and the surprising ways they can affect you here.

This article may contain affiliate links to products I recommend. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Last Updated on December 12th, 2019

Plants, Lamps And Oils, Everything In Your Home That Could Kill Your Pet

When Maddie Smith’s cat, Ruby, began acting strangely she thought it was from the cold weather. But Ruby’s health quickly deteriorated by the time she had returned from work that evening.

At that point, Ruby was unable to walk, eat or drink and had issues with her hearing and sight. Maddie noted she was walking strangely and her head position looked odd.

The New Zealand woman rushed Ruby to her local vet, who informed her she had brain swelling as a result of sodium poisoning. The salt poisoning was caused by a Himalayan salt lamp.

READ MORE: Vets Tell Us Which Dog Breeds Will Cost You The Most

Maddie had the common household item in her lounge room and didn’t realise her cat had been licking the lamp, which caused her neurological issues.

“This is usually more common in dogs so this was a huge shock, and their first case they have seen with a cat,” Maddie said.

“Salt poisoning is EXTREMELY deadly to animals and she is basically a miracle to still be here now.”

Sodium poisoning has the potential to be life-threatening for pets, with symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and poor coordination.

Maddie said the taste of salt can be addictive for cats and dogs and likened it to the human consumption of potato chips.

“Please please keep these out of reach from your fur babies,” she said.

“Hopefully sharing this might help educate others on just how deadly these lamps can be if the salt is ingested. I know mine’s not staying in our house that’s for sure.”

Philodendrons are a plant that can be toxic to pets. Image: Getty

Aside from Himalayan salt lamps being kept in the home for aesthetic purposes, there are a number of other indoor items that have recently been made popular again for their believed health benefits that can pose as a hazard to pets.

Some indoor plants have been known to be poisonous to pets, such as cats and dogs, including azaleas, lilies, mistletoe, and philodendrons.

“Be careful to keep your plants away from pets as some can be dangerous. Lilies can be highly toxic to both dogs and cats, causing gastrointestinal upset,” Dr Tina Huynh, a Sydney based Pawssum vet, told 10 daily.

Essential oil diffusers can also be dangerous. Image: Getty

Aromatherapy products such as essential oil diffusers and burners should alsobe used with caution as some of the oils used, particularly if they have synthetic ingredients, can be toxic to animals.

“The effects are dependent on the type of essential oil and the concentration as some can cause hypothermia (a sudden drop in body temperature) or reduced respiration,” Dr Huynh told 10 daily.

Cats are especially sensitive to essential oils. Ingesting a significant quantity of the oil can lead to gastrointestinal upset, central nervous system depression and even liver damage.

The best way around this is to not use the oils where your pets have access and speak to your veterinarian about any approved oils.

Featured image: Facebook

Since we first published our review on the health benefits of owning a Himalayan pink salt lamp, these little beauties have quickly become our favorite natural health gadget of all time. And with their rise in popularity, sales of Himalayan salt lamps have been booming! Unfortunately, this increase in demand has also created a perfect opportunity for less-than-honest individuals to profit by selling cheaply manufactured salt lamp counterfeits. While it may not always be obvious, there are a few easy ways to tell if your Himalayan salt lamp is a fake.

Read on to learn the seven signs to look out for and make sure that you’re getting what you paid for – a genuine Himalayan pink salt lamp with all of the health benefits that come with it!

Our Top Recommended Real Himalayan Salt Lamp

Don’t currently own a salt lamp but want to make sure yours is the real deal?

Here at Natural Living Ideas, we’ve tested some of the most popular brands and strongly recommend this Levoit Kana Himalayan Salt Lamp. It is backed with hundreds of positive reviews and Levoit are widely regarded as the best suppliers of quality salt lamps and at the fairest price.

7 Signs Your Himalayan Salt Lamp Is A Fake

1. Your Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp Is Very Bright

Himalayan salt crystals typically range in color from medium pink to dark orange. Also, because the salt is full of various different minerals, light emanating from the lamp will be muted and uneven. For these reasons, the average salt lamp emits only a soft warm glow. If your lamp is small but gives off enough light to fully illuminate the room that it is placed in, this is a fairly good sign that your Himalayan salt lamp is a fake.

2. Your Lamp Has A White Crystal, But It Wasn’t Too Expensive

As previously stated, Himalayan salt crystals usually display a warm pinkish or orange hue. While white Himalayan salt does exist, it is rare and highly sought after. Thus genuine white Himalayan salt lamps will be much more expensive than the common colored varieties.

If you find a lamp which sports a white salt crystal, but the price isn’t significantly higher than other Himalayan pink salt lamps, this another sure sign that the product isn’t genuine Himalayan pink salt.

3. It Handles Moisture Exceptionally Well

Himalayan pink salt lamps cleanse the air around them by absorbing moisture and any attached airborne particulate then evaporating pure water pack out into the surrounding environment. This process is called hygroscopy and is responsible for one of the most common problems inherent to genuine Himalayan pink salt lamps – sweating. (You can read more about it in our use and care guide.)

So if you live in a particularly moist region and your lamp has never done it, this is a pretty good sign that your Himalayan pink salt lamp is a fake.

4. Your Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp Is Extremely Durable

Another big problem inherent to genuine Himalayan pink salt lamps is that they tend to be rather fragile. In fact, it is not uncommon for lamps to be damaged during shipping due to poor packaging or improper handling. Accidentally dropping or bumping your HPS lamp into another solid object is a sure fire way to ding or chip away pieces of the salt crystal. If you’ve done either of these things (or anything else that would otherwise damage a fragile chunk of Himalayan pink salt) and your lamp held up exceptionally well, this is another good sign that it may be a fake.

5. The Manufacturer or Supplier Has a Poor Return Policy

Suppliers of genuine Himalayan pink salt products understand that Himalayan pink salt is a fragile material. As such, genuine HPS salt lamp vendors usually offer flexible and convenient return policies. If you’re about to purchase a new lamp and the supplier is super strict about returns, buyer beware! If they are selling counterfeit Himalayan salt lamps, it’s highly likely that they’re hoping you won’t discover the truth until it’s too late to return the product.

As previously stated, in some cases real Himalayan pink salt lamps don’t even survive the shipping process due to the fragile nature of the materials! So even if they are selling genuine HPS salt lamps, you should still be wary of any merchant who isn’t flexible about refunds or exchanges.

6. You Don’t Experience Any Of The Health Benefits

Despite all of the research and firsthand accounts of how Himalayan pink salt lamps have improved the lives of people around the globe, there are still a lot of skeptics out there. From easing asthma and allergy symptoms to increasing energy and counteracting Seasonal Affective Disorder, the science behind HPS lamps is the real deal. You can read all about it in 10 Reasons To Have A Himalayan Salt Lamp In Every Room Of Your Home.

If you followed the sizing guidelines (listed at the end of the above-linked article) but your lamp doesn’t seem to be providing any of the health benefits as it should, it’s possible that your lamp may be a fake.

7. The Salt Crystal’s Country of Origin Isn’t Pakistan

Real Himalayan pink salt is obtained from deep underground in the mines of Khewra, Pakistan. Khewra is located on the western edge of the Himalayan mountains and it is the only place where true Himalayan pink salt is found. So if you aren’t sure about the authenticity of your lamp, you can always inquire about the salt crystal’s country of origin to determine if your lamp is a fake or the real deal.

(Just remember that some manufacturers may list country of origin as where the lamp was assembled, so be sure to specify.

Where To Buy A Real Himalayan Salt Lamp

As you can see, buying a Himalayan salt lamp is not always an easy process and is riddled with shady selling tactics and poor quality products.

Luckily, we’ve tested the best and discovered this Levoit Kana Himalayan Salt Lamp with Touch Dimmer Switch to be the best. It’s backed up with hundreds of positive Amazon reviews and protected by Amazon’s returns policy if any damage should occur during shipping. You can get it here and have it in your home in just a few days.

Alternatively, if you’d prefer a stainless steel base and are prepared to pay a little extra for the privilege, then this beautiful Levoit Kyra Salt Lamp with Stainless Steel Base is for you.

Since various retailers often run out of stock at certain times, and in case the above salt lamp is not available, here are a few more of the best in various shapes and sizes:

  • Natural Crystal Salt Lamp from Evolution Salt Co. available on Thrive Market
  • Crystal Allies Gallery Set of Two Himalayan Salt Lamps
  • Hemingweigh Himalayan Hand Carved Set of Two Salt Lamps
  • Heart Shaped Himalayan Salt Lamp

The Best Himalayan Salt Products On Amazon

More Natural Health Tips From the Himalayas

If you haven’t already read it (or even if you have and just want to experience the magic again) be sure to read our article: 10 Reasons Every Home Should Have A Himalayan Salt Lamp.

Lamp didn’t come with a manual? No worries! We welcome you to take advantage of all of our experience (and mishaps!) with our Himalayan Salt Lamp Use & Care Guide. Included are 10 great tips with a side of humor to help you give your lamp the long and happy life it deserves.

Then for something a little different, check out these 10 Himalayan Wonders With Extraordinary Health Benefits to learn a few more tips on health, happiness and longevity from some of the longest-lived people on the planet!

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Since the very air we breathe is riddled with allergens this time of year, just about everyone is looking for a path to air purification. Thus the increased popularity of the Himalayan salt lamp–and discussions about their ability, or lack thereof, to do that.

Some sellers claim that the trendy lamps can moderate the balance of positive and negative ions in our air by releasing negative ions to cancel out the positive ones, leaving the room as fresh as a day at the beach. Others believe salt lamps dry out the water vapor in the room, leaving particles of pollutants and allergens attached to the salt, which can be wiped off before the process begins again.

Both of these effects sound helpful, but many outlets have debunked the theories for lack of proof.

Whichever side you’re on, it’s difficult to deny the beauty of these lamps. The faint glow and the pinkish coloring make for a stylish and relaxing statement piece for any room, but there’s the issue of devilish counterfeiters to be wary of. Before you shop, take a mental note of the warning signs of an imposter salt lamp.

Be sure the lamp is from Pakistan.

Himalayan salt is mined from the Khewra Salt Mines in the Punjab Region of Pakistan. If you don’t see any mention of the mine or the region in the description of the lamp, it’s most definitely a fake. Proper sellers will usually promote their lamps authenticity by advertising this fact.

You shouldn’t be able to light up your room with your lamp.

If your salt lamp is bright enough to actually light up a room, it’s probably counterfeit. One of the major draws of using a Himalayan salt lamp in your home is the soft, warm light it emits, so if you’re seeing anything stronger than that, you’ve most likely been duped.

True salt lamps are not indestructible.

An authentic Himalayan salt lamp has a level of fragility to it, so if you’ve happened to drop it on the floor or bumped it against the wall, you’re bound to see a chip or a scratch. Also, salt does attract water to its surface, making dollops of sweat along your real lamp a regular occurrence, especially in Houston’s humid climate.

Beware of the white salt lamp.

Yes, real white salt lamps exist, but they are significantly more expensive and fairly rare, so keep an eye out for pinkish to reddish salt lamps to bring home with you to ensure you’re getting the real deal.

Can’t return it? Don’t buy it.

It’s incredibly important when shopping for a Himalayan salt lamp to take note of the return policy of the seller, since many of the signs of an imposter lamp aren’t noticeable until after use. If the seller either doesn’t offer the ability to return or allows returns only under very few circumstances, purchase elsewhere.

With a keen eye, you’re sure to find just the right Himalayan salt lamp for you. Whether it actually clears your mind (and your lungs) is another thing entirely, but they sure look pretty on a night stand.

We Asked People Why They Lick Their Himalayan Salt Lamps

According to sellers of Himalayan salt lamps, the pink, rock-like hunks can purify the air and reduce anxiety, all while emitting a cozy glow and marking one’s home as hip to modern design trends. As one might expect from a product hailed by Goop, the science is murky at best, and in any case, the effect is meant to come from ambient exposure, not necessarily through ingestion. That’s not stopping people from licking them, though.

A few weeks ago, Natalie Strange wrote a tweet: “Your tinder date welcomes you into their bedroom. They excuse themself and go to the restroom, leaving you alone on their bed. What is your next move?” Three options below it read, “Lick their Himalayan salt lamp,” while the fourth said, “All of the above.”

It read like Twitter’s particular brand of absurdism, but with over 14,000 retweets and 77,700 likes, it was clear that Strange had captured a current preoccupation. The responses poured in: People posted pictures and videos tonguing salt lamps, and tagged friends who had presumably shared thoughts of, well, loving lamp. If you see a Himalayan salt lamp, it’s safe to assume someone’s thought about licking it—if they haven’t licked it already.

The rising popularity of Himalayan salt, in both lamp and crystal form, is well-tread territory. “How Pink Salt Took Over Millennial Kitchens,” journalist Amanda Mull wrote for The Atlantic in December. Apartment Therapy has covered the salt lamp’s ubiquity as a design trend, and its purported health benefits have been both celebrated and debunked. And there’s a spirituality angle, as the appeal of the Himalayan salt lamp fits into a “burning desire to find spiritual meaning and esoteric revelation,” along with tarot cards and crystals, Strange—of the viral lamp licking tweet—suggested to VICE in a message. But the elephant in the room remains: the Himalayan salt lamp also serves as a human salt lick, teasing people everywhere to just put their tongue on it.

The salt lamp’s edible appeal has teased Caitlin Barrett since eighth grade. “I went to a sleepover at a friend’s house in Venice Beach, and my friend’s mom was excited about hers,” Barrett told VICE in an email. “She said it was good for healing the air, and I remember thinking, that doesn’t make sense, but that lamp looks delicious and I want to lick it.”

Barrett got her wish last year at an Airbnb. The cottage was the kind of place with not only a compost toilet, but also an essential oil diffuser and a Himalayan salt lamp. Both were new, the host said, which implied to Barrett that the lamp likely hadn’t been licked before. “Once she trusted me with the compost toilet and left me to my own devices, I IMMEDIATELY licked the lamp. It tasted so good and salty,” she said. Surprisingly mellow in flavor, the experience was “not like sliding your tongue across a brick of table salt.” The lamp dried quickly, leaving no trace of what had happened. (Barrett has shared this story with friends enough times, she says, that she doesn’t own a salt lamp of her own since it would simply be too obvious that it was used for licking.)

For Alyssa Rae Thomas, the curiosity about salt lamps dates similarly far back. In elementary school, Thomas’s neighbor suggested that she lick a salt lamp, so she did. “I didn’t even stop to consider that many other people had probably licked it. I just had to get that salty pink ambrosia,” Thomas told VICE in a message.

To learn a little more about what might inspire someone to lick a salt lamp, VICE slid into some DMs. Kahlee Lengkeek wrote, “I just like salt and wanted to know if it was actually salty or just a rock.” Dowser Dhaw, who posted a video of her licking a salt lamp on Twitter earlier this year, cited the same reasoning as Lengkeek but added, “I would not do it again it’s really salty once is enough babyyy.” Leah Palmer said, “I think my brain just gets curious from time to time & I randomly give it a little lick just to calm that voice in my head that says ‘You need to put your tongue on that right now.'”

According to salt lamp sellers, the thought of licking lamps is a common question. Ernest Gaglione of Himalayan Salt Shop told VICE in an email that both animals and humans have been known to lick their lamps. “Insofar as people, they usually lick the lamps out of curiosity, to see if they are really made of salt. There is no danger in licking the salt, after all, it is just salt,” Gaglione said. This was backed up by Patrik Ujszaszi of Himalayan Salt Factory, who wrote that licking a lamp “does not do any harm at all as the Himalayan salt has more natural minerals than the white table salt.”

For Barrett, it wasn’t just curiosity but also novelty that motivated the lamp licking—truly edible home goods are, after all, a rarity. “There’s a very Willy Wonka quality about the lamps. Home accessories made out of edible stuff and, what, we’re NOT supposed to taste them?” she said. “If a chair was upholstered with beef jerky, I would eat it. No question.”

It’s not just the pure satiation of salt that drives tongues towards lamps, either, but the fact that the salt is large, pink, and barely-broken. “I think the appeal comes from the fact that most of us have never seen nor tasted salt in its natural state, so when a giant pink salt popsicle is sitting in front of you, you want the experience of getting something you’ve only ever consumed in small, diffused amounts in one singular taste,” said Thomas. “It’s like being at a party with a bunch of cool people, but there’s one person you’ve always been especially intrigued by, and you’d like to pull them aside and get to know them personally.”

Strange, however, sees a more complex allure, full of unspoken urges and even an animalistic sexuality. “Imagine the brief thrill of sexual gratification you get from licking a salt lamp. There is the taboo, doing something illicit, that your parents would shake their fingers at,” she said. “And then there is the tinge of thrill that maybe you aren’t the first to lick this, that you are sharing saliva with a total stranger, perhaps a former Tinder date.” (The scenario posited in the tweet was unfortunately fictional, Strange added.)

Or, like horses chasing salt licks—not to mention the Alpine Ibex who became the face of the “crave that mineral” meme, after it was photographed hanging by the tongue off a mountain’s face, licking its salt deposits—the urge might just boil down to biology. “Maybe people are just mineral-deprived and their bodies are subconsciously compelling them to lick the salt lamp, just like stranded fishermen’s bodies compel them to eat fish eyes,” Strange said. “Perhaps the salt lamps are our fish eyes.”

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