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Dating from the time of the ancient Egyptians, various cultures and groups of people have found therapeutic uses for Dead Sea Salts, from bath soaks to unguents and body wraps. Two thousand years ago, Flavius wrote that the salts from the Dead Sea “heal the human body.”
We won’t go so far as to claim “healing powers” of our Bath Salts (that would be against FDA rules), but studies have shown that there are definite health benefits to bathing in magnesium chloride-rich waters. Dead Sea Salts are unique to any other salts in the world in that they contain very high levels of magnesium and potassium chlorides.
In recent research about Dead Sea Salt and its effect on patients suffering from psoriasis, Dr. J. Arndt made a study on fifty patients aged between 14 and 77 years old who were treated with Dead Sea Salts. The baths were controlled and skin of the patients was thoroughly rinsed with running water. Patients were treated with 3-4 Dead Sea Salt baths per week, for 3 weeks. Results showed that the majority of patients’ symptoms were significantly diminished within the first week of treatment, with steady improvements observed in the following weeks. The most important noted relief was from the itching associated with psoriasis. More than half (54%) of the patients were totally healed, while 22 cases marked impressive improvements.1
Sufferers of common skin ailments and disorders, such as acne, eczema and dermatitis also have discovered the benefits of regular soaks in Dead Sea Salt baths. One study, conducted by Erhhardt Proksch, MD, PhD, reported that the high concentration of magnesium in Dead Sea Salt was instrumental in improving skin hydration and reducing inflammation.2 Further research by Dr. Proksch found that Dead Sea Salts can play a significant role as an anti-aging treatment. Dr. Proksch’s findings indicated that Dead Sea Salt benefits showed a 40% reduction in the depth of wrinkling.3
And, maybe the most important point to all of us in our busy world… did we mention that Salt baths can help to calm frazzled nerves? Dead Sea Salts are legendary for their healing and beautifying properties. Containing 21 different minerals, here’s a short list of what this miracle of nature’s ingredients reportedly can do for you:
Magnesium: Reported to be effective in promoting quick healing of skin tissue and provides the skin’s surface with anti-allergic elements. Also essential for cell metabolism.
Bromide: Soothes skin, relaxes body muscles, and calms nerves.
Sulfur: A natural disinfectant. Very effective in fighting acne. Also known as a powerful detoxifying agent that works closely with the liver to rid the body of toxins.
Potassium: Helps balance moisture in the skin and body, aiding in the reduction of water retention and in the nourishment of cells. Potassium also regulates the nervous system.
Calcium: Strengthens cell membranes and cleanses pores. An essential mineral, also known to strengthen nails, bones and teeth.
Sodium: A powerful detoxifying agent helps cells retain nourishment and expel waste. Also relieves stiffness and muscle cramps.
Zinc: When applied topically, it is known to protect the skin against sunburn and windburn. It is also known to boost the immune system. Internally, it is a key factor in enzymatic regulation of cell proliferation.
Here’s to many healthy and luxurious baths!
Cindy and the Team at Valley Green
Article Sources: 1 Harari, Marco. “Demographic evaluation of successful antipsoriatic climatotherapy at the Dead Sea (Israel) DMZ Clinic”. International journal of dermatology 36 (4): 304–305. doi:10.1046/j.1365-4362.1997.00204.x
2 Proksch, Ehrhardt MD, PhD et al. “Bathing in a magnesium-rich Dead Sea salt solution improves skin barrier function, enhances skin hydration, and reduces inflammation in atopic dry skin”, International Journal of Dermatology, February 2005. Retrieved on 2008-04-13.
3 Ehrhardt, Proksch. “Bathing in a magnesium-rich Dead Sea salt solution: follow-on review”. International journal of dermatology 46 (2): 177–179. doi:10.1111/j.1365-4632.2005.02079.x