Biblically, the Dead Sea was a place of refuge for King David. It was one of the world’s first health resorts (for Herod the Great), and it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products, from balms for Egyptian mummification to potash for fertilizers.
An unusual feature of the Dead Sea is its discharge of asphalt. From deep Seeps, the Dead Sea constantly spits up small pebbles and blocks of the black substance. Asphalt coated figurines and bitumen coated Neolithic skulls from archaeological sites have been found. Egyptian mummification processes used asphalt imported from the Dead Sea region.
The region is also famous for its historical and religious significance. Between 1947 and 1956, a series of 972 ancient papyrus-and-ink texts were discovered in caverns near the sea’s northeastern shore. These “Dead Sea Scrolls” are some of the oldest preserved fragments of the Hebrew Bible and other Judeo-Christian texts.
For Centuries, the ancient secret minerals of the Dead Sea have been known to have mysterious healing and beautifying powers.
The story goes that Cleopatra used products from the area as part of her beauty regime, which as everyone knows also allegedly included asses’ milk and almond extract – although in truth tales like that are ten-a-penny around the Middle East.
And it’s possible that King Herod, who had a winter palace nearby, came here for his health too – although his tarnished historical reputation does tend to devalue his worth as a celebrity endorser in the classical world.
What is certain is that when the Romans occupied the Middle East they exerted rigid military control over the roads around the Dead Sea because it was such a fertile source of salt – a commodity so valuable then that it was used as a form of currency.
And the health benefits appear to be real enough. The intense barometric pressure so far below sea level may produce atmospheric conditions beneficial for asthmatics.
And people with the painful skin disease psoriasis also seem to find relief in the combination of mineral-rich water, soothing mud and intense sunlight. In some countries, health agencies and charities pay for people with the condition to come on therapeutic trips.
So even though the Dead Sea is shrinking and changing, it still has an economic value. Tourists can choose to visit resorts in either Jordan or Israel and both countries also export cosmetic products manufactured in the area.
Part of the shoreline is in the West Bank under Israeli occupation so it’s possible that in future Palestinians too will reap the economic benefits of the sea’s unique properties.
Today, the Dead Sea has taken on a new dimension. Modern scientists, dermatologists, naturists and experts from around the world, have discovered and proven the important meanings of the Dead Sea minerals, for its unique therapeutic and rejuvenating properties.
* These minerals have been known as a source of treatment and nourishment for the body and soul. It provides help for many common muscular aches and pains while moisturizing and conditioning for a radiant and silky-smooth skin
* It has a high ability to restore normal skin moisture, tones and brightens, while improving the skins natural PH balance.
The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth (1312 ft below the sea level), located in the heart of the holy land. It is fed by River Jordan and numerous thermo-mineral water springs, which makes it a unique source of natural minerals in the world. It has proven attributes necessary for smooth, soft, healthy looking skin and complete body relaxation.
Indulge your self in the ancient secret of the Dead Sea and this gift of nature with its renowned therapeutic mineral qualities