What is the Dead Sea?
At the very lowest point on earth lies a natural wonder replete with a unique ecosystem, breathtaking desert views, and mineral treasures that have been attracting visitors for thousands of years: The Dead Sea. Located in the desert in Jordan, it is also the world’s deepest hypersaline lake.
Why is it called Dead Sea?
In various languages, the Dead Sea is referred to by different names, all reflective of its characteristics. The earliest known name is recorded in the Hebrew Bible, where it is referred to as “the Salt Sea”, due to its significantly high salt content. In the later Roman era, salt was a very highly valued commodity – Roman soldiers were paid in salt rather than money! This is also the source of the Latin word “salary”, which comes from “salt”.
Aquatic organisms like fish and plants simply cannot thrive in the extremely saline environment of the Dead Sea, and it was named for the lack of animal and plant life.
Why is the Dead Sea well known for its health benefits?
The Dead Sea is globally renowned for the therapeutic effect of the minerals in its waters and mud, which are especially high in concentration. Dead Sea minerals in the water and mud have helped improve various skin conditions such as psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis, and acne.
The minerals and salts exclusive to the Dead Sea have been luring visitors for thousands of years, making it the world’s first health resort, dating back to the time of Herod. The high concentration of antiseptic minerals in the mud and salt of the Dead Sea makes it especially beneficial for skin diseases such as psoriasis and vitiligo. Covering the body in mud extracted from the Dead Sea helps the minerals become absorbed into the skin.
Dead Sea treatments are not only limited to the treatment of skin conditions. Other medical conditions such as arthritis and asthma have been known to benefit from the air and water of the Dead Sea. The oxygen rate is 5% higher than the surrounding area, which also enhances rejuvenation and recovery.