Can Using a Himalayan Salt Lamp for Migraine Help or just a Gimmick?

Himalayan salt lamp and migraine

Is there a relationship between a Himalayan salt lamp and migraine? I know it sounds crazy, but I’m interested in trying anything natural, so I thought I’d try. I know it’s ridiculous to rid the symptoms of my neurological disease, but it’s pretty so why not?

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Himalayan Salt Lamp and Migraine

Himalayan salt lamp and migraine

Several months ago I bought* a Himalayan salt lamp.  I read about them and the possible benefits.  From what I read, it could possibly purify the air, reduce allergens, increase mood, and more.  My hope with the Himalayan salt lamp and migraine is to help decrease symptoms, triggers, or allergies. 

I placed my lamp on my nightstand and left it on all the time.  With it next to my bed, theoretically, I would be sleeping in better air and would wake in less migraine pain.  I almost always fall asleep with a migraine and wake up with one.  My lamp has the ability to brighten and soften with a dimmer which is nice since I’m very sensitive to light.  The color is beautiful and calming!  

Does Salt Therapy Help Migraine?

I did not feel a difference in the way I felt waking up after sleeping next to the salt lamp. I gave it a chance for a while and never felt different. Then moved it into my son’s room.  I noticed a difference with my son’s allergies fairly quickly after using the Himalayan salt lamp.  I placed it in his room and a few days later I noticed his cough had decreased.  He coughs and has allergies through different parts of the year and I saw a difference in his breathing.  It’s a nice natural night light in his room.  Yes, it is real salt, so I remind him to keep his hands off and no licking!

Are Himalayan Salt Lamps a Gimmick?

The jury is still out on this, but I do believe it holds benefits. Did it help my migraine symptoms or allow me to feel a difference when rising in the morning? No. But I do think it’s pretty and loved it as a nightstand lamp that is dimmable with a gentle soft glow. As far as benefits, I did see my son’s breathing and coughing at night get better. There are always a lot of factors that come into health so I can’t be sure that the Himalayan salt lamp healed him.  Overall, it’s worth a try. I love trying natural ways to increase my health and this was a simple and pretty switch. It’s worth a try but I wouldn’t expect a cure to whatever ails you.


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Sarah Rathsack

I tell stories of My Migraine Life. Living life through Migraine consists of advocacy, treatment, prevention, and searching for health and happiness in a positive honest way. My kids, husband, dog, family and friends motivate me to make a difference in the Migraine World.

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  3. kaynaydian on May 15, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    I liked seeing this article! I’ve had a Himalayan Salt Lamp (one of the bowl ones with several small rocks within it) for years! It was given to me as a gift to help with my allergies (I wasn’t a chronic migraineur yet at that point.) Like you, I was skeptical, but it was pretty so I used it. I kept it on all the time since that was what was recommended. I didn’t notice a difference….. until the light bulb burnt out and it wasn’t on for several days. My allergies went nuts! I haven’t noticed a difference with migraines, but alleviating allergy symptoms is certainly a benefit. So, I have no idea how it works, but it does something and I won’t live without it now.

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  11. Armaan Hassan on December 31, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Oh great! Salt lamps can be used as a natural cough regulator. Thank you for your post, it helped me made my decision, I will definately buy a new salt lamp for sure.

  12. mymigrainelife on December 31, 2018 at 8:14 am

    I think natural remedies work differently for everyone (like medicine) but it has helped my son. Good luck!

  13. William Smith on February 15, 2022 at 8:46 am

    You are share the best informative article. Himalayan Salt Lamp is made from sculpted pink Himalayan Rock Salt, and claims to have air purifying and stress relieving benefits. What’s more, it also helps relieve migraines and headaches, as well as promote relaxation. Thanks for sharing this article.

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