Do you know how to tell if your Himalayan salt lamp is real?

With more research coming out about the benefits of Himalayan salt lamps, you might be tempted to purchase this natural healing item, but would you be able to tell if you purchased the “real thing?”

The lamps are sold in two forms: either as a solid piece of salt that has been carved out in the middle to make room for a light bulb or as a group of smaller rocks displayed in a decorative basket with a light shining from underneath. They are very pretty and shed a warm glow of pinkish-orange light. Himalayan salt lamps are made from pure Himalayan salt crystals from Pakistan.

There are five easy ways to check for authenticity.

There is no return policy

Real Himalayan salt lamps are fragile. They can be easily damaged during transportation. Remember that Himalayan salt comes solely from the Punjab region of Pakistan. They are found in the salt mines 5,000 feet below the Himalayan mountain range. It is entirely possible that shipping these crystals (especially if it’s one big rock) can lead to damage. Manufacturers understand this and usually have a good return policy. It is in your best interest to choose a brand that allows you to exchange a lamp that is a little worse for wear.

It doesn’t break

Again, salt lamps are not very durable. If you accidentally drop it or bang into it and notice that there are no visible signs of damage, you may have gotten a fake lamp. Confirm a return policy with your manufacturer or look for another brand.

It doesn’t say where it’s from

Check your lamp or ask your manufacturer where their lamps are sourced from. Real Himalayan salt can only come from Pakistan. Ensure that lamp lists Pakistan as its place of origin either on the label or on the product website.

It doesn’t like to sweat

What happens when you mix salt into water? It dissolves. The same is true for Himalayan salt lamps — real ones, anyway. Himalayan salt lamps are incredibly sensitive to moisture. Your lamp should sweat, especially if it is placed in damp environment like in the bathroom. Additionally, wellness experts say that “sweating” allows the lamp to ionize the air. So if you notice your Himalayan salt lamp looking dry, reconsider where you got it.

It gives off the wrong light

The minerals in the salt give it its distinctive pink hue. Himalayan salt lamps should be either soft pink or orange in color. Their light should be gentle. There are Himalayan salt lamps that are white. These are extremely rare and usually very expensive. However, these are real. Just take note of lamps that come in other colors than those mentioned. You should also pay attention to how much light is emitted. If the lamp is bright enough to light up an entire room, it is most likely a fake.

There are still no conclusive studies on the benefits of Himalayan salt lamps. What is available are the known benefits of Himalayan salt. Nutritionists encourage their clients to incorporate this salt their diets. The crystals are 99 percent pure and contain more than 84 minerals and trace elements. Replacing ordinary salt with this “pink gold” can reduce the risk of hypertension and heart disease.

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