The Dead Sea has been used as an ancient healing remedy for thousands of years. Dating back to biblical times, the mineral-rich body of water is believed to have been a place of refuge for King David.
Fun facts about the Dead Sea:
- It is the single lowest place on Earth at 429m below sea level
- The salinity percentage is 29% compared to normal ocean waters that measure 4%
- It is the deepest hypersaline lake in the world (~1,000ft)
- Anyone can float in the water
- The water has an oily feel that is slippery on the skin. This also gives the lake a sparkling shine
- No life exists in the water due to the high salinity
- The water is rich in minerals including magnesium, sodium, and bromide
- The lake measures at a whopping 233.6 square miles (Singapore is 277 square miles)
- Jordan and Israel share the Dead Sea
This unique land is both eerie and fascinating. Perhaps the most faraway I have ever felt, The Dead Sea has a magic that I can't quite explain. Maybe it is the history and biblical references of the region or maybe it is the landscape itself; but there is something about this place that is incredibly alluring. People have flocked to the Dead Sea for centuries in hopes of healing their skin, respiratory issues, and even joint pain.
It is not just the salty water that is healing at the Dead Sea: it is every element imaginable! The air, water/mud, and even solar rays are naturally the healthiest on Earth.
From a scientific standpoint, this elevated feeling one gets at the Dead Sea is likely to come from the air itself. The barometric pressure around the area is unusually high, resulting in an increased oxygen density. Furthermore, common allergens do not exist resulting in some of the cleanest, breathable air on Earth. This air has been a huge reliever for those with asthma and other respiratory issues.
The Water And Mud
One dip in the sea will leave your skin feeling soft and clean (and oily!). Your pores will shrink and cuts will heal quickly. But 2-3 weeks of bathing in the Dead Sea are when the true magic happens. Chronic skin conditions like psoriasis are proven to be healed long term from the Sea's high mineral content. The mud is rich in the same minerals as the water and, when applied, pulls toxins out of the body. Cellulite reduction anyone?
Treatments in the water come with high success rates without any negative side effects.
Another intriguing element of the Dead Sea's healing properties is reduced exposure to the notoriously cancerous UVB rays. The shortwave rays are naturally filtered from various factors (evaporated minerals, ozone layer, lower elevation) leaving minimal exposure. In other words, you get all the benefits from the sun (including vitamin D!) without the burn!