Nothing can replace an in-person visit to the Dead Sea, which is how it also became the first – and best – spa in the world.
The Dead Sea is known to be the lowest place on Earth – and it drops about 1 meter each year as the salt lake evaporates. It has been famous for thousands of years as a spa town – in fact, it would appear to be one of the first spa resorts in the world dating back to the time of Jesus.
The Dead Sea is bordered by Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank and is located in the Jorden Rift Valley – an extension of the Great Rift Valley that begins in Africa. A trip to the Dead Sea is not only visually stunning, but it is also good for the health of visitors.
The Dead Sea in Antiquity
The Dead Sea has attracted visitors from all over the Mediterranean basin for thousands of years. It seems that Herod the Great (the king of Judea who built the Second Temple and who is recorded as having attempted to kill the baby Jesus) had a spa here.
- Herod the Great: Had a spa here
- Egyptians: Used the Dead Sea for mummification
- Romans: Appreciated for its precious salt
The Dead Sea with its minerals and salt was used for a wide variety of products by the ancients. The asphalt here was used for Egyptian mummification, potash was used as a fertilizer, and it was valuable to the Romans for its large amounts of salt.
Health Benefits of the Dead Sea
The Dead Sea has become an area of interest for health research in modern times. It stands out for its mineral content in water, low pollen content, reduced ultraviolet light, higher atmospheric pressure (because it is below sea level) and other attributes.
- Dead Sea Mud: Has a unique combination of minerals
A study published on the government site National Library of Medicine states in its summary:
“We have found good faith evidence that Dead Sea treatments are particularly effective in psoriasis due to both the special characteristics of solar ultraviolet radiation in the Dead Sea and Dead Sea water spa therapy.“
“Dead Sea Treatments Beneficial in Several Rheumatologic Diseases and Psoriasis [an autoimmune disease] and have a good security profile.“
Dead Sea silt and mud are a unique combination of minerals like magnesium, sodium, and potassium. People come to the Dead Sea for a range of conditions from psoriasis to back pain and according to Healthline.com, Dead Sea mud can relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and more. One experiment that saw people using heated Dead Sea mud packs had a marked decrease in arthritis symptoms lasting up to three months.
- Help with: Arthritis, inflammation, psoriasis, acne and more
It seems that Dead Sea salt can make the skin healthier, and Dead Sea mud can remove impurities and dead skin from the body.
Dead Sea mud has an antimicrobial effect and kills certain strains of bacteria that live on the skin. The presence of certain bacteria can lead to acne – so Dead Sea mud can also be used to treat acne.
- Antimicrobial: The Dead Sea has a lot of antimicrobial properties
Dead Sea Spas
Numerous thermal spas line both shores of the Dead Sea. An example is the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea, this is a luxury spa hotel on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea.
They offer their Zara Spa which offers a full range of spa services. There are conventional services such as traditional Middle Eastern massages and hammams as well as Dead Sea treatments. They have pools mixed with Dead Sea water.
But their signature treatment is black mud from the Dead Sea. The mud cleanses, purifies and restores the skin’s natural minerals.
- Salt and black mud treatments: Among the most popular treatments at the Dead Sea
Relax as the Black Mud Body Wrap stimulates the skin, relieves muscles and emotions, improves blood circulation, and relieves rheumatic pain.
There are many other well-known hotels and spas along the shores of the Dead Sea, such as the Marriott and the Hilton.
Online stores: no substitute for going in person
Many Dead Sea products can be purchased online all over the world. So, it may not be necessary to go to the Dead Sea to experience the mud treatment. One can buy Dead Sea products on Seacret and many other spas and cosmetic stores online.
However, buying the products online is not the same as going there in person. Part of the therapeutic value of the Dead Sea is that it is so far below sea level, with higher air pressure and different UV from the sun, making sunbathing beneficial.
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