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In name, the Dead Sea may sound almost boring however the salty water and mud from the Dead Sea is known for many of its ability to heal and bolster the mind, body and soul. The geography of the Dead Sea is another aspect that is amazing as its surface is 396m below sea level, its shores is the lowest dry point on Earth. The size of it is nearly 402 square kilo meters, located by the West Bank of Jordan and Israel.
The Dead Sea is named Dead for a good reason. The saltiest seas in the world only has a saline level of 3 to 6 percent however the Dead Sea has a saline level between 28 to 35 percent, making it the highest. Salt is trapped in the Dead Sea in a fascinating way, the Sea itself is landlocked therefore any fresh or salt water that flows into it from the Jordan River and other tributaries is trapped and evaporated. Evaporation happens quickly at the Dead Sea as the climate there is extremely hot. As evaporation happens fast, high amounts of salty minerals are left behind making it more and more concentrated.
Of course salt alone doesn’t give the Dead Sea its healing properties, at least 35 other minerals in high concentration are present in the Dead Sea. Some of this minerals include Magnesium, Potassium, Boron, Bromine, Manganese and many others. These are the salts and mineral that gives the Dead Sea its deadly name as any living creature, including plants, that enter into the deadly salty waters of it pretty much dies instantly.
The mineral salts in the Dead Sea each have a healing property of its own all mixed into one Dead Sea. This minerals has the properties of curing or alleviating ailments from skin problems such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis to rheumatic diseases like various forms of arthritis and fibromyalgia. Many people also use the Dead Sea simply as a natural health spa or a skin treatment as the mud and salt have naturally nourishing effects on the skin. Many famous visitors have flocked to the Dead Sea over the centuries for the fascinating properties of the Dead Sea, including Cleopatra and King Herod the Great.
Although the Dead Sea might be biologically dead, it maintains its historical ability to heal the mind and body through its therapeutic qualities. Life too thrive along its shores giving it a new type of life, like the hassle and bustle of a city.
Properties of the different key minerals in the Dead Sea
Potassium aids cell regenerating and is well used in treating of mild blistered or infected eczema outbreaks. It also has the properties of a stress relief, anti-depressant and helps in maintaining blood pressure balance and reduces the risk high blood pressure.
Magnesium holds the key to proper cell functions, soothing and healing of the skin alleviating rough, calloused and irritated skin. It is an anti-allergen together with healing properties. As magnesium, penetrates the skin the nervous system is being calmed and soothed helping our muscles to relax and also aids in the reducing of aches.
Boron relieves the symptoms of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. It acts as as hide behind mask for fine lines, a cover up for winkles. It is able to function as a base to hold makeup thereby allowing the long wear of eye shadows, foundations and other colour palette. Boron softens the skin and give it a sensation of softness when touched. Having anti-bacterial properties, boron is gentle to the skin like a mother is to her child.
Manganese is a component of the antioxidant enzyme manganese superoxide dismutase. Antioxidants are enzymes and nutrients or simply speaking vitamins and minerals and that can help to prevent and repair damage to your body's tissue. Antioxidants do this by slowing or preventing the effect of free radicals, which start oxidation -- a process that causes damage from oxygen that can lead to cell dysfunction and aging. Manganese also has the property to reduce fatigue levels, prevent the incidence and severity of osteoporosis, and even can help in the improvement our memory.
Zinc is good in prevention and alleviation of inflammation and scarring caused by acne. It does so by nipping the zits in the bud by reducing the amount of natural oil, or sebum, produced in the skin while healing the damaged skin around the acne.
Calcium regulates cell differentiation. It also aids in collagen formation and protein structuring in DNA and RNA.
Lithium has the power to treat of dipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression.
Bromine acts as an excellent antimicrobial and disinfectant agent.