Dead Sea Salt has been used for centuries to treat many ailments, both physical and mental. It has a wide range of benefits for the body; as well as being an incredible source of antioxidants, minerals and trace elements. There are two types of Dead Sea Salt, although they are similar in many respects they are not exactly the same. The type most people are familiar with is called sea salt and it is produced commercially in three different forms:
High grade Dead Sea Salt contains a higher percentage of minerals including magnesium, calcium, potassium and sodium. This means it is a more potent antioxidant than regular sea salt, which is what we are used to buying in shops. Premium Dead Sea Salt is 100% natural, harvested directly from the Dead Sea within Israel where the mineral composition is perhaps the highest in the world. It is also the only Optically Registered reverse osmosis sea salt available anywhere on the planet. As a result, its high mineral content has been tested and certified by international laboratories.
The second type of Dead Sea Salt is known as seawater Dead Sea Salt and is produced within the Dead Sea itself. As its name suggests it is derived exclusively from seawater. It contains a significantly higher percentage of calcium, potassium and magnesium than Dead Sea Salt derived from lakes or other bodies of water. It’s therapeutic properties have been proven beyond doubt as it has been used for thousands of years as a bath salt and a popular cosmetic ingredient. Its popularity increased when researchers discovered it had remarkable therapeutic properties.
Many cosmetic manufacturers today recognise the value Dead Sea salts have as bath salts and use them in their products. It’s also been used as a source of collagen and elastin for surgical and cosmetic treatments as well as for curing skin ailments including psoriasis and eczema. Some claim that the high concentration of these trace minerals makes dead sea salts the ideal additive for moisturisers and skin care creams, while others believe it is an effective and natural replacement for mineral oils. No matter what you think, it is indisputable that Dead Sea salts are amongst the most beneficial natural substances found in nature.
The third type of Dead Sea salt is known as dry rock salt and is formed from the accumulation of carbon dioxide and water. It has a lower mineral content than seawater but is rich in sodium and magnesium. It was discovered by accident in the 1950s when researchers looking for information about the Dead Sea’s mineral makeup discovered the presence of Bromide. It had previously been thought to exist in only rare mineral waters but tests confirmed it was indeed present in this salt.
Bromide is formed naturally in the atmosphere and only found in miners dead sea salts. The minera are oceango sea snails that live in the central Mediterranean Sea. These marine animals excrete Bromide through their shells. When the temperature and humidity conditions are right, the Bromide combines with the water and forms clouds of sodium ions which float on top of the water surface. The high concentration of salt in the clouds is what helps it become so salty. This is similar to the composition of sea spray.
The salt has been used in many countries worldwide for its vast array of therapeutic properties. For centuries, doctors in Europe have used it to treat skin conditions including psoriasis, ulcers, eczema and even Candida (yeast infections). It was also used as a laxative and to alleviate stomach disorders such as gallbladder problems as well as treating aphrodisiacal problems among women.
The salt has also recently been found to help with Alzheimer’s disease, blood circulation problems and circulatory disorders. In addition to the healing ability of the Bromide crystals, the other mineral content of dead sea bath salts includes magnesium, potassium, iron and manganese. All of these natural minerals are important to our health and can improve our overall well-being. By using bath products that contain them, we can reap the many benefits that they provide.