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Dead sea mineral salts: Salt from the Dead Sea
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The Dead Sea

As the name suggests, Dead sea mineral salts are obtained from the mineral-rich floor bed of the Dead Sea, which is actually a Mediterranean salt lake landlocked by Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. Situated 1,200 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is considered the lowest point on the planet. With nearly 10 times the salinity of the ocean, the Dead Sea is one of the saltiest bodies of water on earth. It is so salty, in fact, that bathers can take advantage of the heightened buoyancy of the water and float rather than swim. The chemical composition of the Dead Sea changes with season and climate conditions, yet the salt concentration generally remains at 30% or greater.

Salt isn’t the only ingredient in Dead Sea minerals. The salt typically contains several anhydrous (without water) chlorides of magnesium, potassium and calcium and other minerals. Dead sea mineral salts are also abundant in bromide, sulfur, zinc and iodine

Health Benefits

Dead sea mineral salts are reputed to provide benefits for the skin and overall health, thousands of people flock to the region to bask in the water and mud every year. This form of rehabilitation, known as thalassotherapy, was particularly popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. A more modern term for this activity, balneotherapy, refers to the use of mineral waters and thermal springs.

The dense atmosphere at the Dead Sea inhibits solar radiation to permit lengthy bathing in the sun without risk. It is said that this leisurely pursuit, in addition to exposure to a warm climate, highly oxygenated air and 21 minerals in the “bath” water to soften skin and enhance hydration, promotes a restorative effect with the relaxation of the body and mind. Therapeutic spas and hydrotherapy centers exist to accommodate those who can’t make the trip to the Dead Sea. Of course, an easier and more economical alternative is to purchase a bag of authentic Dead Sea mineral salts and turn your tub into a home spa. No reservations required.

Formulations

Dead Sea salt is often used as a bath to gain the health benefits to your skin, yet it be used in variety of other ways as a skincare product.

Salt Bath
Dead Sea bath salts are easy. You can do this by putting roughly a cup of salts into a warm bath. Soak for 15 minutes or a time to your comfort level, dry off and apply a moisturizer.

Skincare products
Dead Sea salt can also be used in facial masks, scrubs, creams, and soaps. You can apply these to your skin to help reduce redness, and dryness. One way to make a scrub is to mix 1/2 cup of olive olive and 1 cup of sea salt. Add a small amount of essential fragrance oil and mix. Apply to your skin and let sit for a few minutes then rinse.