The Dead Sea is known for its therapeutic properties, and people have traveled to its shores for centuries to soak in the salty, majestic waters. The clean, unpolluted air and warm climate provide a healing environment that is like no other place in the world. Dead Sea salt 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.
You can experience the therapeutic benefits of Dead Sea salts in the form of bath salts – but be careful when you choose your salts. Most of the bath salts you will find in stores are, in fact, no different than ordinary table salt. Many bath salts are often treated before they are sold, and many important minerals are removed during the process. If the bath salts are pure white, this is a bad sign- they have been treated and processed, and contain no Dead Sea benefits.
Our Minera Dead Sea salts are the finest quality bath salts you will find. They are harvested from the Southern end of the Dead Sea, where the mineral content of the waters is at its highest. The salts are delivered to our customers in their pure, raw form, containing all the essential minerals that were there since the beginning.
Dead Sea Salts contain 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.
The following table details some of the healing properties of these minerals:Here are some common ailments that are effectively treated using 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 is 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.
Potassium: Helps balance moisture in the skin and body, aiding in the reduction of water retention and in the nourishment of cells. Potassium also regulates the nervous system.
Calcium: An essential mineral, known to strengthen bones and teeth. Also strengthens cell membranes and cleanses pores.
Sodium: Relieves stiffness and muscle cramps. Sodium is also a powerful detoxifying agent, helping cells retain nourishment and expel waste.
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.
As you can see, these minerals play an important role in our health and provide many benefits. These minerals have incredible properties on their own, and when combined, they are known to treat and heal many common conditions.
Our skin is the first thing we see when we look in the mirror. All to often, our skin shows signs of wear and tear – it is rough, scaly, inflamed, and dry. Our skin is the first victim in the aging process, with creases and wrinkles that often appear too soon, making us look older and more tired than we feel. Dead Sea minerals help nourish and treat the skin in a variety of ways, restoring balance and rejuvenating the outer and inner layers, making us appear younger and healthier.
General Skin Conditioning
The skin is largest organ in the human body and is also the most vulnerable. Continued exposure to the elements, chemicals and aging all take there toll on the skin. Therefore it is important to support and nurture the skin in order to restore health and enhance function.
Common Skin Disorders
Acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, dandruff, scabies and seborrhea are some of the most common – and unpleasant - skin disorders suffered by Americans today. Psoriasis alone is said to affect 3% of the population to some degree. Most of us have had to deal with embarrassing white flakes on our scalps and have struggled to find a cure. Most of us have had cracked, dry skin and attempt to soften our arms and hands with greasy, thick creams that only work for so long. Our treatment of many skin conditions can be temporary and expensive at best, and dangerous at worst: many creams and lotions contain steroids or coal derivatives. These treatments are not always effective and can have harmful side effects, and are therefore not ideal for continued, long-term use.
Acne is probably the most common skin disorder of all – 80-90% of all adolescents suffer from it. Acne, contrary to popular believe, is not caused by diet. Chocolate and greasy food aren’t to blame. Acne is caused by many factors and many involve internal processes such as stress and hormone fluctuations. Dead Sea salt is high in sulfur, and sulfur is a powerful cleanser that has been proven to treat acne effectively.
Dry skin is also all too common. Our skin becomes parched as a result 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 side effects (see spa therapy treatments). In fact, Dead sea salt has been recommended by the international psoriasis community and the National Psoriasis Foundation as an effective alternative treatment for the disorder.
At some stage in our lives we all have suffered from rashes, sores, hives, itching, contact dermatitis or some form of allergic reaction. The high magnesium and bromide content in Dead Sea Salt is beneficial as an anti allergic due to its cleansing and detoxifying of the skin. Soaking in a bath filled with the mineral-rich salt a wonderful way to treat skin allergies and rashes.
For centuries, people have been searching for ways to look younger and defy the ravaging effects of Father Time. In our quest for eternal youth, we do some pretty ridiculous things to ourselves: injecting poison into our faces (Botox); surgically lifting our skin for that attractive, constantly “surprised” look; filling our pores with layers of cakey makeup; doing facial exercises to “strengthen” the underlying muscle (the newest fad is “facial yoga”); and spending thousands of dollars on expensive, yet ineffective, treatments.
The truth is, many of us look years older than we actually are – 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. 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 but feel younger.
Cellulite & Water Retention
“But, I wasn’t fat yesterday”, you say as you pull on your newly tight, favorite pair of jeans. And that’s true – you probably weren’t. And you probably aren’t fat today, either, but it sure feels like it. It might be your period, it may be all that salty pizza you had the night before, but for whatever reason, you are retaining water.
One of the best ways to combat water retention is to drink more water. Another way to slim down quickly is to bathe in Dead Sea salts. Dead Sea salt water contains potassium, which is an important mineral in the treatment of water retention.
And cellulite. When you look in the mirror and see those funny little lines and bumps on your backside, you’re not alone – over 90% of women over the age of 20 (and many of us in our teens as well) have cellulite. You’ve spent half a paycheck on cream, and it didn’t work. You try and cover it up with bronzer – or worse, a harmful tan – but alas, that didn’t work either.
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 “cottage cheese” dimpling effect on your thighs and buttocks – and sometimes on your tummy and lower back. It’s perfectly normal, and perfectly annoying nonetheless. 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. have all been effectively treated with Dead Sea salts and Dead Sea mud. The Dead Sea minerals are absorbed while you soak in a bath or apply the salts in mud form 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 mud or water containing the salt has been heated, the ability of the elements to penetrate and be absorbed into the system is increased.
Stress has become a symptom of modern day life. We are busier than ever, packing our days and our psyches with to-do lists, high expectations and deadlines. Most of us can deal with small amounts of stress comfortably, however too much stress can affect physical & mental well-being. Symptoms can include increased heart rate; elevated blood pressure; tightness of the chest, neck and back muscles; headache; sleep disturbances; fatigue; susceptibility to minor illness; irritability and depression; to name but a few. Over the long term, stress can be dangerous and even deadly – stress is a contributor to our risk of heart disease, the number 1 killer in the United States.
Dead sea bath salts and mud treatments offer wonderful relief of these symptoms in several ways. There is nothing more relaxing than soaking in a tub of hot water. Your blood pressure will drop, your muscles will relax. Not to mention, you’ll have a moment alone! Time out for yourself and from the demands of the day is extremely important. Bathing in sea salts also works by increasing circulation and detoxifying your body by removing byproducts, which are formed during the stress.
It is estimated that 25% of Americans suffer from insomnia. Prolonged sleep disturbance can leave you feeling tired and run down, which in turn can lead to greater vulnerability to illness and disease. Soaking in a hot bath cleanses and relaxes the body, making it easier to sleep without interruption. To assist with relaxing in order to fall asleep and to remove toxins, the Dead Sea bath salts and mud treatments can be very beneficial.
Yes, even hair loss can be treated through the use of Dead Sea salts. Both men and women experience hair loss as a result of heredity, diet, hormone fluctuation, nutritional deficiencies and age. Rubbing 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 heal and treat a wide variety of conditions. Please note it is always important to consult your doctor before using ANY new treatment.