THE DEAD SEA
HISTORY OF THE DEAD SEA
The Dead Sea history is older than man himself. Jericho, which is considered to be the oldest city in the world, is found on the bank of the Dead Sea. Even at the old times, many city's inhabitants made their livelihood from the Dead Sea beauty products. In fact, the Bible tells us that the Queen Sheba was presented with the Dead Sea salts from King Solomon upon her visit to the Holy Land. Later on, the Empress Cleopatra, who made extensive use of Dead Sea formulations in her beauty regimen, urged Marc Anthony to conquer the Dead Sea in his Judean campaign so that she would be guaranteed bountiful supply of necessary Dead Sea minerals.
The remains of Roman spas found in the region provide evidence that the Dead Sea area has been known for its therapeutic advantages from ancient times.
The lake(Dead Sea) being at the lowest point means that water does not drain from this lake. Daily 7 million tons of water evaporate but the minerals remain, causing the salt content to increase. The result is an inland lake containing a wealth of minerals with amazing therapeutic powers.
It is rich in minerals such as magnesium chloride, potassium chloride and calcium chloride which are valuable in promoting healthy skin cells. The water has a 32% mineral content compared to the 3% salt content of the world’s oceans, which allows people to float on it without effort.
GEOGRAPHY OF THE DEAD SEA
The unique geographical location of the Dead Sea, the concentration of salts in it’s waters and the unique content of its waters and salts all contribute to the Dead Sea’s unique medicinal properties that have been known to man for thousands of years with proven therapeutic properties as well as cosmetic benefits for your skin , such as restoring it’s youthful, healthy and radiant glow.
The Dead Sea region has been a center of attraction, containing the essence of vitality health & beauty, whose considerable cosmetic importance was well-known as long ago as the days of Cleopatra, who turned the magical desert oasis into her own personal health spa.
ABOUT THE DEAD SEA
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DEAD SEA
The Dead Sea is also called salt sea due to its extremely high contents of salt and minerals, it is one of the most saline lakes and the lowest body of water in the world 410 meters ( about 1300 feet) below sea level.
It is fed mainly by River Jordan in the north and by perennial springs & streams from the east and west. Having no outlet, the Dead Sea is a” Terminal Lake” which loses huge amounts of water by evaporation into the hot dry air. The low level combined with the high temperatures in that area molded the Dead Sea into becoming The Largest Natural Spa On The Planet, with high concentration of salts and minerals in a unique composition that is particularly rich in chloride salts of magnesium, potassium, sodium, calcium, bromine and various others.
WHY IS THE DEAD SEA SO SALTY!
Anyway, back to the information on the Dead Sea. We talked about how the surface of the Sea got down so low in elevation, but why is it so salty All roads lead to the Sea when it comes to the rivers in the area. The Dead Sea is continually fed water from the rivers and streams coming down off the mountains that surround it. But the kicker is this....no rivers drain out of the Dead Sea. The only way water gets out of the Sea is through evaporation. And does it evaporate! This part of the world get plenty hot. When the water evaporates, it leaves behind all the dissolved minerals in the Sea, just making it saltier. In fact, it's through the dual action of; 1) continuing evaporation and 2)minerals salts carried into the Sea from the local rivers, that makes the sea so salty. The fact that the water doesn't escape the sea just traps the salts within its shores. There's nothing living in the Dead Sea because it got so salty, so quickly, that evolution has not had a chance to produce any creatures that could adapt to such brutal conditions. BUT…Algae was found existing in it. You can read all about it on this site as well.
Leaching of minerals from the geological strata also contributes to the Dead Sea brine and to a number of thermal mineral springs along its shores. In addition, alluvial deposits form the much valued Dead Sea mineral mud, also known as Dead Sea therapeutic black mud.
The uniqueness of the Dead Sea has been known for centuries. This is the only place in the world with this particular combination of exclusive spa benefits: peculiar sun radiation and climatic conditions, enriched oxygen atmosphere, mineral-rich salt sea, thermal mineral springs, and mineral-rich mud.
The composition of the Dead Sea is unique. It contains higher levels of magnesium, sodium, potassium, bromides, sulphates and other minerals than all other bodies of salt water in the world, including the oceans.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE DEAD SEA:
- Total length = 60 km.
- Width range= 12-17 km.
- Total area = 750 km.
- Maximum depth = 360 meters
- Salinity = 340 gram/l (10 times the concentration of seawater).
- Dissolved salts & minerals = 43 billion tons.
A COMPARISON OF MAJOR ELEMENTS IN THE DEAD SEA, THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA AND OCEAN WATER:
COMPOSITIONS BY WEIGHT OF MINERALS FROM THE DEAD SEA:
||Composition By Weight
||22 Billion Tons
||12 Billion Tons
||6 Billion Tons
||2 Billion Tons
||1 Billion Tons
||43 Billion Tons
MAJOR IONS OF DEAD SEA WATER:
||Concentration ( mg/l )
|Chloride & Bromide
MINERALS OF DEAD SEA MUD
|Iron (III) oxide
|Titanium (IV) oxide
|Phosphorus pent oxide
RESEARCH & STUDIES
Studies and research were done focused on establishing the therapeutic properties of Dead Sea salts.
Bathing in the salt solution improves skin barrier function and reduce skin roughness and inflammation.
Among other things, the positive effects of bathing in the salt solution were most likely related to its high magnesium content. More recent research about Dead Sea salt is it’s effect on patients suffering from psoriasis. The most important noted relief is from the itching associated with psoriasis. Relief from sleeping disturbances was also noted.
- The Natural Resources
- Climate, Sun Shine, Water & High Salt Concentration
- Extraordinary Air
- Benefits of minerals excavated from the Dead Sea.
- Black mud- all are unique at the Dead Sea which is situated 400 m below sea level.
CLIMATE, SUN SHINE, WATER &HIGH SALT CONCENTRATION
Over millions of years, the hot dry air and high evaporation rate have contributed to the high salt concentration present in the Dead Sea, making it one of the saltiest lakes in the world.
Exposure to Dead Sea water is acclaimed for treating, detoxifying, cleansing our body, rejuvenating the outer and inner layers , restoring balance, moisturizing , softening, in addition to nourishing the skin, easing rheumatic discomfort, activating the circulatory system, and relaxing the nerves , thus making us appear younger & Healthier. It’s very high density enables the body to float effortlessly.
The marvelous effects of the Dead Sea have caused millions of people to flock to it from all around the world. Everyone wants to benefit. But what ?about those who can't afford to go there? What about those who want to benefit all year long?
The problem was solved by some businesses and their formulators. For well over 50 years, the Dead Sea has been harnessed in the form of beauty products. Minerals extracted and combined with other ingredients to produce the best creams, the best shampoos and the best lotions money can buy. Even the Dead Sea mud is harvested and sold all over the planet for its richness in minerals.
Time has shown that these products, although not as effective as the real thing, did in fact surpass other beauty products. The minerals did their job on human skin. Tighter more radiant skin, acne solution, makeup removers, you name it and it works. Numerous companies have benefited from the Dead Sea and its remarkable healing powers.
THE DEAD SEA CLIMATIC FACTORS.
Located 400 meters below sea level:
- The Dead Sea area has the world’s highest terrestrial barometric pressure resulting in 3.3%-4.8% (maximum in winter and minimum in summer) higher oxygen density than the air at sea level.
- The Dead Sea being low enough and far enough from industrial locations, has kept the air clean and unpolluted. Oxygen is heavier than air molecules and thus the Dead Sea has “The Highest OXYGEN Concentration On The Planet”.
- Also the atmosphere contains a unique UV filter that allows visitors to soak up therapeutic sunlight without the risk of burning.
- All the above factors working together have made the Dead Sea what it is today . “The World’s Largest Naturally Occurring Therapeutic Location On The Planet”.
BENEFITS OF MINERALS EXCAVATED FROM THE DEAD SEA.
Dead Sea salt is filled with natural healing elements that occur naturally in our bodies, but must be replenished, as they are lost throughout the day.
Here are the benefits for different kinds of minerals:
- Potassium: Is a major ion in every living cell. It improves the flow of vital nutrients through the cell membrane, also helps balance moisture in the skin and body, aiding in the reduction of water retention and in the nourishment of cells
- Magnesium: Increases cell vitality and provides surface of anti-allergic elements, so it provides a quick healing properties.
- Bromide: gives Soothing and relaxation.
- Iodine: important for correct functioning of the thyroid gland.
- Calcium: An essential mineral, known to strengthen bones and teeth. Also strengthens cell membranes and cleanses pores.
- Sodium: provides energy for active cell transport, Relieves stiffness and muscle cramps. Sodium is also a powerful detoxifying agent.
- Zinc: When applied topically, it is known to protect the skin against sunburn and windburn.
- Sulfur: a natural disinfectant. Known as a powerful detoxifying agent & a powerful cleanser to treat acne effectively.
Sulphur which constitutes about 0.06% of the crust of our planet and which is abundant in the Dead Sea, has been recognized for thousands of years by most civilizations for its therapeutic qualities. Three thousand years ago, the Egyptians used it in the production of cosmetic materials. The ancient Greeks and Romans used sulphur for healing dermatological problems and established the first Spas around warm Sulphur springs, in which people with arthritis, rheumatism and other diseases sought relief from their discomforts. Many such Spas exists today, and Sulphur is used in the treatment of various skin disorders, such as psoriasis, for its oil- and toxin absorbing qualities, and is considered effective in the treatment of oily skin, including seborrhea.
Sulphur influences the enzyme metabolism in the skin, stimulates hyaluronidase activity, inhibits fibroblast proliferation and modulates inflammation.
COMPARISON OF SALT CONCENTRATION IN MG/LITER
CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF THE MAIN THREE THERMO MINERAL SOURCES IN THE DEAD SEA AREA.
DEAD SEA MUD.
There is a reason why so many people flock to the Dead Sea every year, and here are just a few of them:
- Improves blood circulation and natural skin generation.
- Fine mud grains, cleanse the skin and remove any dirt particles, impurities and toxins.
- Proven to provide effective relief for skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, acne and wrinkles.
- Moisturizes your skin and helps natural skin hydration
- Gently peels away dead skin cells to reveal more youthful, healthier skin layer.
Dead Sea mud has many amazing health properties, and in addition to the ones listed above also helps treat and relieve some other ailments. These ailments include arthritis, muscle stiffness and aches, rheumatism, joint inflammation and even itchy dry skin. As the Dead Sea evaporates year after year (it's not connected to any other body of water), the salt and minerals which are already present in high amounts get absorbed into the mud at the bottom of the sea. This mud is then extracted and packaged, with all the impurities removed. The minerals which are present in the mud are all natural minerals which your skin needs every day. By using Dead Sea mud, or a mud mask, you are basically feeding your skin these essential minerals.
Another very powerful effect of using Dead Sea mud is the fact that as it dries, it pulls out any toxins that may be present in your skin cells from your everyday diet. This leaves the skin