The unrefined, carefully crafted, and solely hand-carved salt lamps come from chambers in the Khewra salt mines. But first, miners prepare six feet holes, and then they add gunpowder and let it explode, which breaks down the Himalayan salt structure into smaller blocks. Not all salt blocks are equal. Some companies, like So Well, employ fair trade practices and pride themselves on unique and rare salt lamps.

Well written article on Himalayan Salt lamps. I have these lamps in my house. These lamps are just more than awesome. They are not only beautiful but also have healthy and healing benefits for human mind and body as you have mentioned above. They eliminate all the dust particles and smoke from the air and make it pure and fresh. They help me in relieving stress and depression and improve the sleep cycle. I bought my lamps from ittefaqco at a very reasonable price and they are of great quality. You can visit their website if you want to.

I bought a salt lamp on a Friday night and plugged it in 24/7 until today (Monday). I had a tremendous headache on Saturday and Sunday mornings, relieved after I left the house. Monday I was home all day and the headache became rather violent -- so much so that I started looking up info about salt lamps and headaches on the internet. I am not prone to headaches nor have I ever been! I unplugged the lamp and received immediate relief! Needless to say, I was somewhat stunned by this revelation. 

That being said, one thing you will have to keep in mind is making sure you avoid purchasing a fake Himalayan salt crystal lamp. Most salt lamps emit a soft, warm glow. Be leery of lamps that give off too much light. Also, some crystal lamps are white. Himalayan white crystals do exist but are rare and expensive. So if you find a white crystal lamp and a low price, be cautious. Lastly, make sure the crystal was mined from Kewra, Pakistan, or elsewhere along the Himalayas—the only place where true Himalayan salt is found.

EDIT: After a bit more research it seems the manufacturer may have changed the dimmer to a safer version recently. Here is a picture of mine for reference. If your dimmer has these markings it is the version that is faulty and will burn up. The little thing next to the cover is the transistor that burned up. It used to have three terminals but the other one disintegrated.
This explanation has the great benefit of sounding scientific. Who really knows how ions are formed in the first place or what will happen to blocks of heated salt rock, anyway? One person with pretty deep knowledge on the topic is Caltech professor of chemistry Jack Beauchamp, an expert in (among other things) the myriad processes that generate ions and the analytical methods used to detect those ions.

not sure enough heat would ever be produced by a salt lamp to give off Chlorine gas. At least you don't need to worry about being poisoned by your lamps. The salt may absorb water, and form solution sodium and calcium in solution, which could have an ionic character owing to the polar nature of water -- my knowledge of chemistry isn't sophisticated enough to know -- but it will re-crystalise into salt when the water evaporates. Incidentally, there are absolutely ZERO scientific studies of salt lamps.
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No consistent influence of positive or negative air ionization on anxiety, mood, relaxation, sleep, and personal comfort measures was observed. Negative air ionization was associated with lower depression scores particularly at the highest exposure level. Future research is needed to evaluate the biological plausibility of this association. Source: Air ions and mood outcomes: a review and meta-analysis.  
Pulpit Rock Himalayan 8.5" Salt Lamp is minded, hand carved, handcrafted and made from Himalayan Mountains. Each piece is chosen for its translucent pink color and faceted beauty. The salt comes from a 250 million-year-old dried up seabed, from the time when the earth was covered with water, and it was in the ancient ocean where it is believed that life began. The salt comes to you today in the form of a lamp, which, when lit, gives off what might be called a primordial glow, one part sunset...
A Himalayan salt lamp will clean, deodorize and ionize the air, getting rid of unwanted pollutants and allergens. A salt lamp will help you say goodbye to dust, pollen, pollutants and smoke! Himalayan salt lamps are also known to increase your energy levels, remove negative ions, neutralize electromagnetic radiation, and provoke better sleep habits. The lamps improve mood and concentration, reduce static electricity and provide you with an environmental-friendly glow by a dim light bulb.
Admittedly, the negative ion claim didn’t come out of nowhere. There was a 1998 study published in the journal of the American Psychological Association, and a few follow-up studies as well, that suggested negative ions could help reduce the effects of seasonal affective disorder and chronic depression. But the reality is there aren’t any studies suggesting the lamps provide anywhere near the levels of negative ions to have an effect, and when Negative Ions Information Center tested salt lamps for negative ion output, they found so few it was hard to measure.

Even though they don’t make a huge difference in negative ions and they aren’t going to be as effective as an air purifier, they make a great addition to a space and definitely have a positive impact in some way. The aesthetic alone makes the lamp worth keeping around, and if it has an effect on the air and helps to calm our minds even in the slightest, then it’s even more worth it!
Himalayan Glow 11" Salt Lamp is made of natural salt crystal from the Himalayan mountains. Each lamp is individually handcrafted and unique sits on a beautiful neem wood base. Comes with 25-Watt light bulb, the unique patented dimmer switch (fire resistant) 6' electric cord. Every component made according to UL standards including salt rock by itself. Complete lamp ETL certified.

Himalayan salt lamps can be used as an aid in color therapy (chromotherapy), an alternative method of diagnosing and treating a large number of illnesses. They produce a soft light in hues of ambient orange, yellow and red that helps with stress, attention deficit disorder, and general relaxation, among others. The serene light is thought to balance physical, spiritual and emotional energies. 
Nowadays, most of us are living in a metaphorical ocean of electromagnetic (EM) radiation which flows from our electronics (ie: television, computer, cell phone, tablet, appliances, sterio, etc). While they may be invisible, the long-term effects of EM exposure can be quite serious. Constant exposure to EM radiation is known to increase stress levels, cause chronic fatigue, and decrease the body’s immune response, among other things.
Pink Himalayan salt rock lamps provide a soothing, therapeutic glow to any room in which they’re placed. They could be used as an integral part of an altar or simply tasteful design elements to improve any mystical and meditative space in your home. Whether you’re looking to improve the atmosphere in your home office or create a space that inspires the life you want to live, a Himalayan salt lamp could be the perfect solution.
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