The Myth of Dead Sea
Mystics of the Dead Sea
This area is a unique geographical phenomenon, a salty lake in the middle of the “African-Syrian Breakage” and it is the lowest point on earth – 390 meters below the sea level at 418 meters (1,371 ft) below sea level and falling, and the deepest hyper saline lake in the world at 330 m (1,083 ft) deep and 799 m (2,621 ft) below sea level. The superior quality of the water from the Dead Sea, results from an extremely high contents of salt. It is one of the saltiest bodies of water on Earth with a salinity of more than 30%. This is about 9 times greater than the average ocean salinity. It measures 67 kilometers (42 miles) long, up to 18 kilometers (11 miles) wide, and is located on the border between Israel and Jordan.
Despite its name, the Dead Sea features a wealth of revitalizing ingredients, and contains the world's highest concentration of moisture-rich minerals, which are uniquely suitable for skin care. The Dead Sea is saturated with natural minerals, including magnesium, calcium, sodium, potassium, and many more has provided a naturally therapeutic effect since ancient times.
The Dead Sea area had become a major center for health, research and treatment for several reasons. The mineral content of the waters, the very low content of pollens and other allergens in the atmosphere, the reduced ultraviolet component of solar radiation, and the higher atmospheric pressure at this great depth each have specific health effects.
The black, mineral-rich mud that is found in abundance on the shores of the Dead Sea contains exceptionally high concentrations of natural minerals, and therefore also possesses ideal therapeutic properties. The atmospheric conditions in the Dead Sea region also function as natural sunscreens. The unique combination of these factors – the air, water, mud, and minerals – has firmly established the Dead Sea as the world's greatest natural spa.
Magnesium is vital for the metabolism of cells, while calcium fortifies the cells and cleanses the pores. Sodium helps to exfoliate the skin, providing it with a more supple texture, and potassium chlorides assist in regulating the muscles, nervous system and metabolic functions. The skin requires iodine to produce the hormone thyroxin, which also helps in cell metabolism while bromide provides a soothing effect leaving your skin feeling smooth and soft and appearing healthy and rejuvenated.
The Dead Sea is also a good source of relief and healing for those suffering from skin diseases such as Psoriasis, Psoriasis-Arthritis, Atopic-dermatitis and Vitiligo (depigmentation). The Dead Sea cosmetics products have been proven as good treatment and relief for these diseases.
The Air : because of very high temperatures and intense solar radiation, an extremely high rate of evaporation is measured, which creates a unique kind of haze.
As atmospheric pressure is elevated, it results in a concentration of oxygen that is higher than at sea level. The heat favors the constant evaporation of the sea water and enriches the air with magnesium and bromine. This also contributes to the relaxing effects of a therapeutic stay there and diminishes stress. The air is dry; the rainy season is very short. Thus, the air contains no allergens or pollution. These conditions are ideal for patients suffering from asthma or chronic obstructive bronco-pathologies.
The Water: the mineral composition of Dead Sea water (33.7%) is ten times more concentrated and varied in minerals and mineral salts found in the Atlantic or the Mediterranean (4%); the water is much richer in magnesium, potassium, and calcium. It also contains bromine.
This specific composition has a regulatory effect on the superficial layers of the epidermis. Therapeutic stays at the Dead Sea are as effective as classical treatments and have the advantage of no side effects. Remission can continue for many months after the curative stay.
The Sulfur: sulfurous marine springs are popular for their beneficial effects on rheumatologic and arthritic conditions. Because of the high saline content of the water, the body can float with minimum joint stress. This makes physiotherapy and reeducation much easier.