Do Salt Lamps Attract Spirits? Spooky Truth Unveiled

There was once when a friend visited and saw my Himalayan Salt Lamp near the entryway of our home. She gave me a shock when she let out a shriek and said that salt lamps attract unwanted guests such as ghosts, spirits, or evil things. Needless to say, I was visibly annoyed by that statement, but it also got me somewhat curious.

Do salt lamps attract spirits?

In my mind, I was positive that the answer is a straight-up no. But the curious side of me wanted to find out more.

I poked around the internet and consulted a friend who was quite well versed in this subject before writing this post.

If you were ever concerned about such a phenomenon or just curious, stick around to find out what I discovered.

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The Evil Himalayan Salt Lamp

Let’s get a fact out of the way first: there is no scientific fact that salt lamps attract ghosts or spirits. In fact, Himalayan salt lamps are sometimes regarded as pseudoscience.

The way they work is by emitting negative ions into the atmosphere, cleaning the air as it releases them. This has been refuted by several scientists, but many swear by their benefits. I, for one, bought a salt lamp simply because I love the way they love, rather than focusing on these debates.

As long as there is nothing harmful about them, I am all for it.

Which begs the question, are they?

Do salt lamps invite evil to your home? 

To tackle this question, there are some points that you might want to have in mind. I will cover them here.

1. Are you a believer in the spiritual world?

For starters, you got to figure out whether you believe in ghosts and spirits before deciding if salt lamps do indeed attract them.

Needless to say, if you do not believe in them, then this statement is moot. You really should not pour too much thought into it and feel free to enjoy the dazzling beauty a salt lamp adds to your home.

If you do believe, however, you might want to read on.

2. Understanding the uses of salt

No, I’m not talking about how many pinches are required in your chicken casserole. I’m referring to the way they have been used since ancient times to ward off evil.

For example in Christianity, blessed salt has often been used in rites and baptisms to be set free from impurity. In fact, many regard salt as a symbol of the permanent sanctity of Jesus, and salt has been used to make Holy Water.

In medieval times, salt was highly prized and used almost exclusively by the nobility. They are also placed on altars in many religions to represent purity.

A practice in Germany revolves around the use of salt too. When newlyweds moved into their new home, salt was sprinkled in all corners of the room to get rid of bad energy

With these and more examples in mind, it is safe to say that salt should not be the ingredient to attract spirits.

Why some people still report such incidents though could be due to other reasons as follows.

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Have you been inside a salt mine? They are gorgeous!

3. Messy and dirty rooms

It is said that ghosts are drawn to clutter since they crave chaos (seems a bit unfair to think that way in my opinion, but this seems to be popular opinion). If a room is too messed up, a certain vibration is created that attracts ghosts. Not only are cluttered rooms messy, they are mostly dirty too, another negative trait.

4. Empty rooms

If you live in a big house with empty rooms, do you check out these rooms often? Do you experience a weird sensation when you walk in? Empty rooms are stagnant and somewhat uncomfortable, which is a favorite haunt (no pun intended) of ghosts and spirits. Take the time to walk in every week and be sure to place some objects in there to create a lived-in environment. A plant or a salt lamp would work nicely.

5. Negative energy

As you spend more and more years living in your home, you would accumulate lots of different things. Some of them you will love for a long time, but for some, you can’t stand looking at them anymore. This in turn brings about negative energy, another reason why ghosts would like to linger on.

If you are starting to dislike certain furniture in your home, consider getting rid of them. Donate or sell them on Craigslist.

6. Salt lamps turning black

This might have happened to you and caused you to freak out, but relax, it is likely explainable.

You see, salt lamps absorb moisture from the air, along with the impurities that exist in it.

Another reason could be the use of candles or burning smoke interacting with the salt lamp. Or you could have simply bought a low quality salt lamp.

The problem is, there are many merchants out there touting nonsense. If you really want to buy a salt lamp, be sure to choose a reputable supplier.

I personally buy from So Well Salt Lamps, unless they do not carry a particular item I’m looking for.

Here are more options you can consider from other high quality vendors:

Exquisite Cylinder Natural Rock Salt Himalaya Salt Lamp Air Purifier
$61.99
Fed up with traditional lamps? Wanna try something unique? Perhaps this Exquisite Square Mosaic Natural Rock Salt Himalaya Salt Lamp Air Purifier with Wood Base will become your favorite one! It is crafted from premium rock salt from Himalaya mountains. With uncanny workmanship and skills, this salt lamp, though with irregular shape, looks cool and chic. Also, it can send out bright and soft light. Besides, this lamp is a multifunctional item, ideal for releasing anion, purifying air, relieving pressure, decorating and anti-protection etc. A worthwhile item! The nature of rock salt leads to color varying from a white, pink, deep pink, orange and deep orange. Color changes dramatically when its ON or the surrounding lightning conditions change. Every salt lamp is going to be different and unique, that is the beauty and advantage of natural salt lamps holders. You may receive a crystal salt lamp that may not look like the one pictured on this auction/page,because this product doesn't have a specific color. Salt lamps need to be placed in a dry environment, in the absence of work may be water stains, to use a dry towel to wipe, can not be washed.
Akron 8 Ibs Salt Lamp
$53.99

Features:
  • This Himalayan Salt Abundance Bowl 8" Salt Lamp includes massage balls which is the perfect combination of receiving a heated Himalayan salt massage while ionizing the air.
  • This salt lamp can be set up in your workplace, your bedroom, a meditation area, or a living room
  • Like the natural settings of mountains, waterfalls, or beaches, the negative ions emitted by Salt Lamps increase oxygen flow to the brain, helping alleviate depression, relieve stress and boost energy
  • When turned on, negative ions are released which purifies the air that you breathe
  • Base Color: Brown
  • Fixture Voltage: 12 Volts
  • Dimmable: Yes
  • Maximum Wattage (per Bulb)NEW: 25 Watts
  • Built-in Outlet: No
  • Built-in USB Port: No
  • Distressed: No
  • Natural Variation Type: No Natural Variation
  • Smart Enabled: No
  • cETL Listed: No
  • CSA Listed for USA: No
  • CSA Listed for Canada: No
  • Overall Weight: 8 Pounds
  • Shade: No
  • Product Type: Salt Lamp
  • Color: Pink
  • Number of Lights: 1
  • Bulb Type: Halogen
  • Maximum Wattage (per Bulb): 25
  • Voltage: 12
  • Theme: No Theme
  • Holiday / Occasion: No Holiday
  • Animal: No
    • Specific Animal:
  • Sport: No
    • Specific Sport:
  • Beer, Liquor, or other Beverage: No
    • Specific Beverage:
  • Country of Origin: Pakistan
  • Battery Operated: No
    • Number of Batteries Needed:
    • Batteries Included:
    • Battery Type:
  • Supplier Intended and Approved Use: Non Residential Use;Residential Use
  • Mount Type: Tabletop
  • Multiple Mounting Options: No
  • Switch Included: Yes
    • Switch Type: Dimmer
  • Purposeful Distressing Type: No Distressing
  • Dorm SKU: Yes
  • DS Primary Product Style: Boho
  • DS Secondary Product Style: Contemporary Boho
Spefications:
  • UL Listed:
  • Dark Sky Compliant:
  • TAA Compliant:
  • TB 133 Compliant:
  • FSC Certified:
  • Title 20 - California Code of Regulations: Yes
  • CSA Certified:
  • cUL Listed:
  • CAL TB 117-2013 Compliant:
  • UL 2108 Listed:
  • RoHS Compliant:
  • CE Certified:
  • Title 24 Compliant:
  • Energy Policy Act 1992 Compliant:
  • PEFC Certified:
  • CPSIA Compliant:
  • Fire Rated:
  • Nevada R100-19 GSL Compliant: Yes
  • Washington 19.260 GSL Compliant: Yes
Dimensions:
  • Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 8
  • Overall Width - Side to Side: 6
  • Overall Depth - Front to Back: 6
  • Overall Product Weight: 8
  • Base: Yes
    • Base Height - Top to Bottom: 1
    • Base Depth - Front to Back: 6
    • Base Width - Side to Side: 6
  • Cord: Yes
    • Cord Length: 6
Assembly:
  • Adult Assembly Required: Yes
Warranty:
    8 lbs Salt Lamp
    $36.99

    Features:
    • 8" Salt Lamp can be set up in your workplace, your bedroom, a meditation area, or a living room. When turned on, negative ions are released which purifies the air that you breathe.
    • Like the natural settings of mountains, waterfalls, or beaches, the negative ions emitted by Salt Lamps increase oxygen flow to the brain, helping alleviate depression, relieve stress and boost energy.
    • Each Himalayan salt crystal lamp is hand carved making each a unique work of art. These salt lamps are made with premium salt crystals which date back millions of years before mankind appeared.
    • Natural color changing salt lamps act as mood lamps, each color gives you a different exciting mood while the Himalayan salt ionizes the air around you. A blissful feeling.
    • Base Color: Brown
    • Fixture Voltage: 12 Volts
    • Dimmable: No
    • Maximum Wattage (per Bulb)NEW: 15 Watts
    • Built-in Outlet: No
    • Built-in USB Port: No
    • Distressed: No
    • Crystal Component: Yes
    • Real Crystal: Yes
    • Natural Variation Type: No Natural Variation
    • Smart Enabled: No
    • cETL Listed: No
    • CSA Listed for USA: No
    • CSA Listed for Canada: No
    • Overall Weight: 8 Pounds
    • Overall Weight: 12 Pounds
    • Shade: No
    • Product Type: Salt Lamp
    • Color: Orange
    • Fixture Material: Crystal
      • Material Details:
    • Number of Lights: 1
    • Bulb Type: LED
    • Maximum Wattage (per Bulb): 15
    • Voltage: 12
    • Bulb Included: Yes
      • Rated Bulb Life:
    • Theme: No Theme
    • Holiday / Occasion: No Holiday
    • Animal: No
      • Specific Animal:
    • Sport: No
      • Specific Sport:
    • Beer, Liquor, or other Beverage: No
      • Specific Beverage:
    • Country of Origin: Pakistan
    • Battery Operated: No
      • Number of Batteries Needed:
      • Batteries Included:
      • Battery Type:
    • Supplier Intended and Approved Use: Non Residential Use;Residential Use
    • Mount Type: Tabletop
    • Multiple Mounting Options: No
    • Switch Included: Yes
      • Switch Type: Dimmer
    • Purposeful Distressing Type: No Distressing
    • Base Included: Yes
      • Base Material:
      • Detachable Base:
    • Dorm SKU: Yes
    • DS Primary Product Style: Boho
    • DS Secondary Product Style: Contemporary Boho
    • Bulb Not Included But Required: No
      • Recommended Bulb Shape:
      • Recommended Bulb Shape Code:
    • Integrated LED: No
    Spefications:
    • BS 476 Compliant:
    • CALGreen Compliant:
    • UL Listed:
    • Dark Sky Compliant:
    • FIRA Certified:
    • TAA Compliant:
    • GreenSpec:
    • TB 133 Compliant:
    • ISO 14000 Certified:
    • FSC Certified:
    • ISO 14001 Certified:
    • Title 20 - California Code of Regulations: Yes
    • TV Rheinland zertifiziert:
    • Blauer Engel:
    • cETL Listed:
    • ISO 9000 Certified:
    • CSA Certified:
    • ISO 9001 Certified:
    • cUL Listed:
    • ISTA 3A Certified:
    • CAL TB 117-2013 Compliant:
    • ISTA 1A Certified:
    • UL 2108 Listed:
    • RoHS Compliant:
    • CE Certified:
    • Title 24 Compliant:
    • MET Listed:
    • ETL Listed:
    • Energy Policy Act 1992 Compliant:
    • PEFC Certified:
    • CPSIA Compliant:
    • Fire Rated:
    • General Certificate of Conformity (GCC):
    • Sustainably Sourced Wood Certifications or Reclaimed Wood:
      • ITTO Compliant:
      • Reclaimed Wood:
    • Nevada R100-19 GSL Compliant: Yes
    • Washington 19.260 GSL Compliant: Yes
    Dimensions:
    • Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 8
    • Overall Width - Side to Side: 4.5
    • Overall Depth - Front to Back: 5.5
    • Overall Product Weight: 8
    • Base: Yes
      • Base Height - Top to Bottom: 1
      • Base Depth - Front to Back: 4.5
      • Base Width - Side to Side: 1
    • Cord: Yes
      • Cord Length: 6
    Assembly:
    • Adult Assembly Required: Yes
    Warranty:
      Barton 6.5 lbs Salt Lamp
      $23.99
      Size: 8inch Pillar Salt lamp, WBMs Natural Salt Nightlight is uniquely filled with 100% pure Himalayan Rock Salt Crystals. We make the best quality of the Himalayan Salt Lamps - salt crystals are hand mined in the Himalayan Mountains, especially handmade for uniqueness.The Pillar salt lamp is made of intertwined metal and features a black polished coated finish.Once lit the lamp will emit a calming Amber color.The Himalayan salt lamp provides a pure and natural source of light, Great as a night light, bed light, Desk lamp, or Table Lamp. Each and every lamp is unique.Product Details: ? Salt Material: 100% Himalayan Pink Salt Crystal ? Bulb: 15-Watt bulb ? Power cord: 6ft Power cord with Dimmable Rotary Switch.? Reliable & Easy to Use Dimmable Lighting: Adjust the simple rotary knob on an electronic dimmer to get the desired intensity of Glow.WHAT IS IN THE BOX?? ?1 X 15-Watt Light Bulb ?1 X Himalayan Salt Night Lamp with Dimmable Switch.?1 X User Manual of salt lamp
      Exquisite Cylinder Natural Rock Salt Himalaya Salt Lamp Air Purifier
      $84.99
      Fed up with traditional lamps? Wanna try something unique? Perhaps this Exquisite Square Mosaic Natural Rock Salt Himalaya Salt Lamp Air Purifier with Wood Base will become your favorite one! It is crafted from premium rock salt from Himalaya mountains. With uncanny workmanship and skills, this salt lamp, though with irregular shape, looks cool and chic. Also, it can send out bright and soft light. Besides, this lamp is a multifunctional item, ideal for releasing anion, purifying air, relieving pressure, decorating and anti-protection etc. A worthwhile item! The nature of rock salt leads to color varying from a white, pink, deep pink, orange and deep orange. Color changes dramatically when its ON or the surrounding lightning conditions change. Every salt lamp is going to be different and unique, that is the beauty and advantage of natural salt lamps holders. You may receive a crystal salt lamp that may not look like the one pictured on this auction/page,because this product doesn't have a specific color. Salt lamps need to be placed in a dry environment, in the absence of work may be water stains, to use a dry towel to wipe, can not be washed.
      Elisha 0.7 lbs Salt Lamp
      $27.99
      Health benefits - emits negative ions when heated by the bulb. Purifies air, improves breathing, negate electro-smog, reduces allergy and asthma symptoms. Absolutely stunning - adds beautiful accents to any home, emits soft ember glow to soothe your stress and improves sleep. Great for a nightlight! Convenience - cordless design with 360 degrees rotatable ul-approved plug. Usable right out of the box on any wall sockets.
      Anisia Salt Lamp
      $34.99
      Can reduce the effects of dust, bacteria, pet dander, odor, allergies, asthma, and even colds.
      Kearny 14 Ibs Salt Lamp
      $78.99
      The unique large salt lamp is made from salt crystals gathered at the foothills of the Himalayas; thus ensuring their deep and mineral-rich scarlet glow. Heating the salt with the included bulb releases negative ions into the air, creating an effect similar to an ionizer. The outside surface of the lamp stays cool to the touch, as the heat of the light is dissipated within the salt. Due to the natural variation in rock salt, weight, size, color, and shape may vary. The shape of stone may vary slightly. Perfect for massage therapists who wish to heat the salt balls. Kearny 4 Ibs Salt Lamp also works as an air purifier. When lit, the lamp emits negative ions that fight against positively charged particles that cause you to feel stuffy and sluggish. The lit salt crystal clears the air naturally of allergens like smoke, pet dander, pollens, and other air pollutants. It dilutes odors so that you can breathe easier. People with asthma often find it helpful in reducing their symptoms. You can keep the lamp lit for as long as you like to maintain this purifying effect. Each lamp is individually handcrafted and unique.
      Wrentham 11.2 lbs Salt Lamp
      $33.99
      Use the lamp as a gentle nightlight, or to create a romantic mood. Whether in a child's room, sauna, near the television or computer, or in your office, the lamp, sitting on its round rosewood base, provides a natural touch. The lit salt crystal clears the air naturally of allergens like smoke, pet dander, pollens, and other air pollutants. It dilutes odors so that you can breathe easier. People with asthma often find it helpful in reducing their symptoms. You can keep the lamp lit for as long as you like to maintain this purifying effect. This lamp is very easy to clean just wipe the outside surface with a damp sponge and dry with a paper towel.

      Will you still be getting salt lamps for your home?

      I have personally owned a salt lamp for more than a decade. The first was a gift, and I bought myself one later on.

      The only spirits that I have encountered during this time were tequila, rum, and whiskey. Not sure about you but I do welcome them.

      While you are here, be sure to learn more about the colors of Himalayan Salt Lamps or simply head over to our shop to see what’s in store.

      Don’t worry about the spirits, it could just be Casper 🙂

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      Emma Taylor

      Emma Taylor is the Chief Editor at Wallccessories and writes regularly about topics surrounding home decor. Her family has moved several times over the years due to her husband's job requirements, and thanks to that, she has had many opportunities to dabble in designing and decorating real cozy homes.