A special lake lies between the West Bank, Israel and Jordan known as the Dead Sea. Plant and animal life do not exist there and the reason for this is said to be due to the high levels of salt in the water. The Dead Sea is about six times saltier when compared to the rest of the oceans and seas. Another interesting feature about this lake is people who come to bathe in it end up being able to float on the water.
Benefits of Dead Sea Salt
The Dead Sea is an amazing place for its waters including the mud and salt extracted from it holds therapeutic powers which people from around the world come in search of.
Why is the Water in the Dead Sea So Special?
The minerals and salts contained in the Dead Sea have amazing healing powers which are highly beneficial for the skin and body. This is why it has been used throughout the centuries especially by the ancient Egyptians to exfoliate and cleanse the skin and remove toxins from the body. Magnesium, calcium, potassium, iodine, bromide and zinc are some of the minerals found in the Dead Sea.
Benefits of Dead Sea Salt on Skin and Body
Studies and tests done throughout the years on the benefits of Dead Sea salt have found it can soothe pain caused by a variety of diseases. For example by getting a massage while bathing in hot or cold water which has Dead Sea salt added to it is found to bring relief to sufferers of psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Skin problems such as acne, eczema and psoriasis have been found to be treated to a certain degree after soaking one’s body in a bath which has Dead Sea salt added to it.
Benefits of Dead Sea Mud on Skin and Body
Apart from using the salt, the mud from the Dead Sea is also used to treat skin problems and bring relief to pain caused by certain types of arthritis including osteoarthritis. When Dead Sea mud is applied on the skin it removes toxins and reduces inflammation and pain as it dries.
Homemade Dead Sea Bath Recipes
To take a bath with Dead Sea salt at home mix ½ cup Dead Sea salt into a warm bath. Soak in it for 15 minutes. Do this treatment twice a week if you want to maintain healthy skin. To soothe arthritis pain you can take this bath 3 to 4 times a week.
Some people are known to soak their feet in a basin of warm water for 10 minutes which has 1 tablespoon of Dead Sea salt added to it to maintain healthy feet.
A popular foot scrub made from Dead Sea salt is to mix 3 tablespoons of the salt with 1 tablespoon olive oil and massage on feet for 2 to 3 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water. The salt helps to remove dead skin and give the feet a good exfoliating while the olive oil acts as a moisturizer.
As with any treatment it’s best to first consult your health care provider/doctor to confirm whether you would benefit from using Dead Sea Salt and Dead Sea Mud remedies.