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Dead Sea Mud is a naturally occurring remedy and lasting beauty secret that is known as a ‘Fountain of Youth.’ It is unique because of its high mineral and salt content. It is especially rich in calcium, sodium, potassium, and magnesium. For ages, the use of Dead Sea Mud has been linked to several healing properties & health benefits for different kinds of physical ailments.
History of Dead Sea Mud
Pretty evident from the name, Dead Sea Mud is a naturally-occurring element that’s harvested from the Dead Sea, the deepest Salt Lake in the world. The Deep Sea is known by many other names such as the Stinking Sea, the Sea of Salt, the Sea of Sodom, and so on. It is almost 10 times saltier than any ocean, and its increased salinity makes it uninhabitable for animals and plants. There’s no channel for the drainage of the Dead Sea water except evaporation. The mud found at the bottom of the Dead Sea absorbs essential salts and minerals found in the sea. After the mud is harvested, it’s passed through a filtration and purification system to make it ready for use.
Later on, Cleopatra realized the mystical effectiveness of the Dead Sea Mud and traveled to Sheba from Egypt to build the very first spa in the world. People also believe that during the reign of King David, the Dead Sea was used as an ancient natural spa due to its low pollen content and high mineral and salt content.
Many historical sources also claim that Herod the Great built a health resort for himself as well as a fortress at the Dead Sea. Through ages, it has been a common belief that bathing in the restful and tranquil backdrop of the Dead Sea speeds up the healing process.
At present, the Dead Sea region is known as the ‘Fountain of Youth’ for not only having saline water and organic substances, but also for providing a therapeutic, healing mud enriched with minerals – the Dead Sea Mud, also known as ‘Sea Silt’ and ‘Brine Mud.’
The traditional uses of Dead Sea Mud
Since ages, it has been a common practice to use ‘Mud Therapy’ for rejuvenating and restoring the body and mind. The practice was further developed and established by Emanuel Felke, also known as the ‘Clay Pastor.’ Moreover, a German naturopath, Adolph Just, also highlighted the benefits of using Mud Therapy for improving the overall physical and mental well-being.
Several chronic illnesses were being tackled by using Dead Sea Mud Therapy. Mudpacks of different degrees of warmth and compositions were being used to treat several physical ailments.
In the 19th century, people also realized the beautifying and hydrating properties of the Dead Sea Mud. Therefore, it is now used as a natural remedy for skin ailments such as eczema and psoriasis.
Dead Sea Mud – Fast Facts
- The healing process of Dead Sea Mud has always been a mystery to scientists.
- Dead Sea Mud Therapy is now used as an alternative for various medicines.
- Dead Sea Mud is also used for treating Arthritis.
- Dead Sea Mud Therapy is excellent for the relaxation of muscles and healing of bruises.
- The Dead Sea resorts are popular for dead sea mud therapies.
Health & Beauty Benefits of Dead Sea Mud
The primary chemical ingredients of Dead Sea Mud are Dead Sea water, minerals such as calcium oxide, magnesium oxide, potassium oxide, sodium oxide, and organic matter. When used topically or cosmetically, Dead Sea Mud is great for dry skin, oily skin, and combination skin. It eliminates dead skin cells, removes impurities from the pores, and maintains the pH and oil production of the skin. The mud remains moist and warm for almost an hour and during this period, it enhances circulation which decreases the appearance of cellulite.
Dead Sea Mud also stimulates the detoxification cycle of the skin in the tissues and on the surface by gently pulling out dirt, dust, allergens, bacteria, and other environmental pollutants.
Dead Sea Mud also comes with skin hydrating properties and soothes skin inflammation by alleviating skin issues such as itching, dryness, psoriasis, eczema, and acne. Also, it improves skin elasticity, reduced enlarged skin pores, and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles. A fine layer of Dead Sea Mud on the skin makes the skin softer and prevents any loss of moisture from the skin.
Other health benefits of Dead Sea Mud
As soon as the essential minerals in Dead Sea Mud enter the skin, they alleviate muscle pains caused by stress, remove body toxins, relieve body congestion, enhance blood circulation, soothe sore joints, and reduce any inflammation in the body. Due to its ability to reduce joint and muscle aches, Dead Sea Mud is used for treating Osteoarthritis, Bursitis, Tendonitis, Fibromyalgia, and other sports injuries. It is also widely used during physiotherapy.
Skin Benefits of Dead Sea Mud
- Mildly exfoliating
Health Benefits of Dead Sea Mud
- Muscle relaxant
Skin Benefits of Dead Sea Mud
Dead Sea Mud improves psoriasis
If you’re suffering from frequent psoriasis flares, you can use Dead Sea Mud to compress the flares. Research shows that the increased concentration of salts in Dead Sea Mud make it a great remedy for treating psoriasis. It can decrease inflammation and pain that comes with psoriasis flares.
Dead Sea Mud detoxifies the skin
Dead Sea Mud enhances circulation and reduces cellulite
Dead Sea Mud packs and masks stimulate blood flow and bring oxygen and vital nutrients to your skin cells resulting in the relaxation of nerves. Better blood circulation means less accumulation of cellulite in the skin tissues.
Dead Sea Mud helps in treating acne breakouts
Research shows that Dead Sea Mud is an effective antimicrobial. Since the increased growth of bacteria on the skin can lead to acne, Dead Sea Mud can be used to treat severe acne breakouts. So, if you’re suffering from regular acne breakouts, you can use a Dead Sea Mud mask to get some relief.
Dead Sea Mud keeps the skin hydrated
Once you remove the Dead Sea Mud mask, your skin is loaded with natural minerals and vitamins that make your skin look healthier and more nourished. Any excess oil on the skin is also removed by the mask. This helps your skin trap the moisture and stay hydrated for a longer duration.
The first and most important thing you need to remember is that Dead Sea Mud should only be used externally. Consumption of Dead Sea Mud can have adverse effects on your body. If your skin is sensitive or allergic to elements such as chrome and nickel, avoid the use of Dead Sea Mud. Even though these elements are rarely present in Dead Sea Mud, if you’re allergic to them, you can get severe allergic reactions.
How is Dead Sea Mud extracted?
The southern end of the Dead Sea has the maximum concentration of minerals and salts.
With the help of large shovels, the raw Dead Sea Mud is collected in barrels for further processing.
Once it is harvested from the Dead Sea, it is placed in natural mineral water to mature. Typically, the maturation process of Dead Sea Mud involves the oxidation and reduction of the mud for one year.
The color of the harvested mud can vary depending on the season of harvest and the weather. Dead Sea Mud harvested during the winter months is dark grey, while Dead Sea Mud harvested during the summer months is light grey. The matured and purified Dead Sea Mud does not contain any sand and is extremely fine and soft.
How is Dead Sea Mud used on the skin?
The most effective way to use Dead Sea Mud on the skin is in the form of a mask. Apply a think mask of Dead Sea Mud to your face using your fingertips in a gentle upward motion. If you end up applying a very thick mask, it will not dry.
To remove the impurities and soften your skin, make sure you apply the mask until it dries. Our Magnetic Dead Sea Mud Mask is a pure, mineral rich detoxifying mask that flushes out the toxins from the skin, hydrates it, improves blood flow, and prevent premature aging. It also works against fine lines and wrinkles.
Other Dead Sea Mud skin care products are Dead Sea Mud hand and foot creams, Dead Sea Mud soaps and body washes, Dead Sea Mud face wash, etc.