Benefits of Dead Sea Products
The Dead Sea is a salt lake that is bordered by Israel, Jordan, and Palestine. For thousands of years, the sea has attracted tourists and industry to its shores. It is called the Dead Sea because the common wisdom is that it cannot support life. The sea cannot support life due to its extremely high salt content.
The sea is usually around thirty-five percent salt. However, this figure can rise and fall depending on rainfall, time of year, and other factors. It is not entirely true that the sea cannot support life. More accurately, there are no macroscopic life forms such as fish. There are microbes. However, the most notable and desirable quality of the sea is its minerals.
Many of the minerals in the Dead Sea are not found in many other lakes or bodies of water, which makes it a very desirable location. Dead Sea products’ benefits include industrial applications such as aluminum recycling and making fertilizer. They also include personal, healing properties such as relieving psoriasis, chronic pain, purifying water, and alleviating arthritis.
Mud pack therapy from Dead Sea mud has been shown to provide some relief for those suffering from osteoarthritis, particularly of the knees.
Also, those who suffered from rhinosinusitis benefit from saline sprays to alleviate their symptoms. Rhinosinusitis is an inflammation of the sinuses. Those sufferers are shown to have greater symptom relief from Dead Sea saline solutions than standard sodium chloride (table salt) solutions.
Pretty much every nation that has ever laid claim to all or part of the Dead Sea has exploited it for its minerals. These businesses were often quite successful. The Jordanian government produces two million metric tons of potassium chloride per year.
In the early 1900s, the British moved into the region and established a company extracting and exporting potash. The established company first built a plant to the north of the Dead Sea. The potash was produced by solar evaporating the brine.
For thousands of years, from King David and King Herod the Great to today, the products of the Dead Sea have served as economic and health boosters for millions of people. They relieve sinus pain, ease joint pain, relieve psoriasis, and also have many industrial uses. The products have been known to every nation that laid claim to the Dead Sea. However, it was not until the 1900s that scientists truly appreciated the different compounds.