Dead Sea Salt
The Dead Sea is well known for it’s therapeutic properties.
It is filled with natural healing elements that occur naturally in our bodies but are often lost as we go about our busy days. Soaking in water enriched with this salt is known to benefit the body from the inside out, treating skin conditions and improving internal processes.
When it comes to salt content, the Dead Sea is roughly 9 times saltier than the ocean, to the point where it is extremely easy to float. With 34.2% salinity, it is one of the world's saltiest bodies of water, rivalled only by hyper-saline lakes in Antarctica, Djibouti, and The Caspian Sea.
Documented origins of Dead Sea salt being used for health and therapeutic properties can be traced as far back as biblical times. According to the Book of Samuel, King Solomon presented the Queen of Sheba with Dead Sea salts as a gift when she visited the Holy Land.
It is also said that Cleopatra urged Marc Antony to conquer the regions surrounding the Dead Sea (Jordan to the east and Israel and Palestine to the west), so that she would have access and a bountiful supply of all the fruits it offered. Cleopatra used the Dead Sea extensively in her beauty regimen, and she commanded that infrastructure be built around the Sea so that she could establish pharmaceutical and cosmetic clinics to offer salt therapies to privileged guests.
Dead Sea Salt contains 21 minerals including magnesium, calcium, sulfur, bromide, iodine, sodium, zinc and potassium. These essential minerals naturally occur in our bodies but must be replenished, as they are lost throughout the day. These minerals are known to treat, detoxify, and cleanse our bodies.
What Makes Dead Sea Salt So Special?
Dead Sea Salt contains 10X more minerals than normal sea salt. Minerals which can assist in cleansing, detoxifying, and restoring a healthy status quo to the body, especially the skin and muscles.
These minerals include:
Healing Properties of Minerals Found in Dead Sea Salt
Magnesium: Promotes quick healing of skin tissue and provides the skin’s surface with anti-allergic elements, also essential for cell metabolism.
Bromide: Soothes skin, relaxes body muscles, and calms nerves.
Iodine: Important for the correct functioning of the thyroid gland and aids in the body's metabolic exchanges.
Sulfur: A natural disinfectant (constituent of certain vitamins). Known as a powerful detoxifying agent, as it works closely with the liver to rid the body of toxins. Sulphur helps decongest pores. It also has powerful healing, antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial propoerties.
Potassium: Helps balance moisture in the skin and body, aides in the reduction of water retention and in the nourishment of cells, and regulates the nervous system.
Calcium: An essential mineral, known to strengthen bones and teeth, also strengthens cell membranes and cleanses pores. Also promotes skin growth and regeneration, moisture retention through the production of sebum, and stimulates the production of antioxidants.
Sodium: Relieves stiffness and muscle cramps. Sodium is also a powerful detoxifying agent, helping cells retain nourishment and expel waste. Helps cleanse and exfoliate the skin, neutralise free radicals which can degenerate skin cells, and relieve sore muscles.
Zinc: When applied topically, it is known to protect the skin against sunburn and windburn. Also known to boost the immune system. Internally, it is a key factor in enzymatic regulation of cell proliferation.It also helps heal and rejuvenate skin, ward off acne, and protects the skin’s lipids and fibroblasts cells that create collagen.
These minerals play an important role in our health and provide many benefits. They have incredible properties on their own, and when combined, they are known to treat and effectively heal many common conditions.
Anti-Aging Properties of the Dead Sea
For centuries, people have been searching for ways to look younger and defy the ravaging effects of Father Time. Wrinkles and fine lines appear as a result of many factors including stress, heredity, climate and sun exposure, and a general lack of skin nourishment. Our skin is the first victim in the aging process, and as we age, our skin becomes less resilient and elastic, due to a natural decline in collagen and elastin in our skin cells.
Research into general Dead Sea benefits and the minerals found in Dead Sea Salt has shown a 40% reduction in the depth of the wrinkling. The minerals also moisturize, detoxify and soften the skin and enhance relaxation of the body – making us not only look younger, but feel younger as well.
Treating Common Skin Disorders With Dead Sea Salt
Acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, dandruff, scabies, and seborrhea are some of the most common skin disorders in the world. Psoriasis alone is said to affect 3% of the population to some degree. Traditional treatment for skin conditions can be temporary and expensive at best, and painful and ineffective at it's worst; many prescribed creams and lotions contain steroids or coal derivatives, which are not always effective and can have harmful side effects.
Acne is one of the most common skin disorders – 80-90% of all adolescents suffer from some level of acne. Acne is caused by many factors and many involve internal processes such as stress and hormone fluctuations. Dead Sea salt is high in sulfur, which is a powerful cleanser that has been proven to treat acne effectively.
Dry skin is also all too common. Our skin becomes parched because of climate and lack of moisture, especially in the cold, dry months of winter. Dead Sea water is a wonderful treatment for dry skin, as it nourishes the skin and replenishes much-needed moisture.
Research has proven that soaking regularly in water enriched with Dead Sea salt can provide relief from these unpleasant skin disorders without any known side effects. In fact, Dead sea salt is recommended by the international psoriasis community and the National Psoriasis Foundation as an effective alternative treatment for the disorder.
Cellulite & Water Retention
Dead Sea salt water contains potassium, which is an important mineral in the treatment of water retention. Cellulite is the result of fatty deposits that have broken through holes in the inner layers of your skin and have risen to the surface, creating a dimpling effect on your thighs and buttocks – and sometimes on the stomach and lower back. While diet and exercise can help the condition, bathing in Dead Sea salts works from the inside out, helping your body rid itself of toxins. The minerals released from the salt help break down deposits of these toxins that get trapped below the skin’s surface, making your skin look smoother.
Arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, back pain, bursitis etc. can be effectively treated with Dead Sea salts. The Dead Sea minerals are absorbed while you soak in a bath and are known to provide effective relief from joint swelling, soreness and stiffness. This is due to the minerals improving blood circulation, which is necessary in reducing inflammatory response. This is combined with powerful detoxifying agents and general muscle relaxant properties. When the water containing the salt has been heated, the ability of the elements to penetrate and be absorbed into the system is increased.
Yes, even hair loss can be effectively treated using Dead Sea Salts. Both men and women experience hair loss as a result of heredity, diet, hormone fluctuation, nutritional deficiencies and age. Massaging Dead Sea salts into the scalp has been shown to improve circulation and stimulate hair re-growth.
As you can see, Dead Sea salts can manage and treat a wide variety of conditions. Please note it is always important to consult your doctor before using ANY new treatment.