The Dead Sea
While most people flock to The Dead Sea to experience the surrealistic sensation of floating on water, only a few understand the chemical make-up of The Dead Sea.
The water of the Dead Sea contains 21 minerals including magnesium, calcium, bromine, and potassium. 12 of these are found in no other sea or ocean and some are recognized for imparting a relaxed feeling, nourishing the skin, activating the circulatory system and for easing rheumatic discomfort and metabolic disorders.
A growing number of studies attest to the success of treatment in the Dead Sea. Three of the largest reviewed studies involved psoriasis patients on a regimen of incrementally increasing sun exposure (usually up to a maximum of six hours a day) and bathing in the Dead Sea (usually up to one hour a day). A beneficial effect-ranging from marked improvement to complete clearing-was achieved in a range of 81-88% of patients.
The Healing Power of the Dead Sea
Benefits from Dead Sea bathing are attributed to a natural tar in the water, and also to high levels of minerals that may affect how the rate of skin cell growth. Dead Sea mud is considered helpful in two ways: the dark mud helps UV light get absorbed, and mud packs stimulate blood circulation around joints affected by psoriatic arthritis.
Thermo-mineral Springs Found in several locations along the Dead Sea shores. The many minerals contained in the warm water are dominated by sulfur. Soaking in the heated sulfur pools activates the circulatory system and increases the oxygen supply to the body.
Dead Sea - Health properties of the area
Chlorides neutralize most of the calcium ions in the Dead Sea and its surroundings.
While in other seas NaCl is 97%, in the Dead Sea the quantity of the NaCl is only 12-18 percent. The water temperature goes from 19 degrees Celsius in February to 31 degrees Celsius in August.
Comparison between the chemical composition of the Dead Sea to other lakes and oceans show that the salt’s concentration in the Dead Sea is 31.5%. The concentration of SO4 ions is very low, and the bromine ions’ concentration is the highest of all waters on earth.
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The Dead Sea is a source of over twenty-one different minerals, each one with unique benefits for health and beauty. Among the best known are:
Sodium & Potassium
Due to its exceptional elasticity, plasticity and absorption, it is ideal for wraps and spreads. Heat retention permits a very slow, progressive, and continuous transfer of heat to the body, making it perfect for pampering pack treatments that are meant to cleanse and supplement the skin, and for thermo-peloid therapy.
The Dead Sea mud is free of germs and E-coli-like organisms. It relieves pain, improves circulation, causing the entire body to relax. The mud works wonders on those suffering from acne, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other ailments.
Due to the effects that Salt Treatments, such as immersion in salt baths, may have on the circulatory system and general metabolism, persons suffering from high blood pressure, should not be treated in such a manner without first consulting their physician.
Dead Sea Salts
The Salts’ texture, heat conductivity, and other virtues (usually along with immersion in water) improve blood circulation, exfoliate the skin of dead cells (when roughly applied with small amounts of water), and increase the skin’s metabolism. Due to these actions, the whole body feels relaxed.