Think about seeing the side of a mountain highway and the exposed layers of earth that are visible, each with their own strains of different colors. These colors come veins of certain types of rocks with their own mineral makeup—that composition of minerals and elements is what produces their unique color.
The same is true for the rock salt mined from the rich foothills of the Himalayan mountain range. Just as with hard rock, this ancient rock salt is full of veins of varying, sometimes bold, colors that indicate high concentrations of precious minerals that have formed over millions of years.
Researchers have been able to pinpoint over 80 naturally-occurring minerals and other elements in Himalayan rock salt. It is the slight fluctuation in the level of each of these minerals and elements that give the rock salt its range of colors.
These natural colors caused by variations in the content of different elements produce a stunning array of possibilities beyond the more standard orangish color of most Himalayan salt lamps.
This makes them extraordinarily diverse, unique and pleasurable to have in the home, but believe it or not, the colors can indicate particularly helpful concentrations of elements and minerals for certain conditions or ailments as well as produce mood lighting than can influence the ambiance of any given room.
For instance, the rare white Himalayan salt lamps are a bit harder to come by and offer a very strong bright white luminescence. These are reported to represent healing and removal of negativity; they also represent cleansing and detoxification. On the other hand, pink or red, which are colored due to higher levels of iron oxide, stimulate everything related to the heart—from its healthy function to its emotional role in our lives. This is a lamp that symbolizes love.
The more common color of Himalayan salt lamps; shades of amber or orange relax the nerves, help promote a healthier nervous system, and encourage cleansing and regularity of emotion and body.
Many people choose to use a different color of lamp in each room, depending on the purpose of the room. Red or pink are popular choices for the bedroom, orange for the living areas and white in the kitchen, bathroom and other places that require the benefits of a Himalayan salt lamp but need the added illumination.
No matter what color arrangement you choose, you can always try out different shades in different rooms, moving them about to sample the pure air and mood benefits that these works of natural art lend to any home or space.