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The Dead Sea - Alive with Benefits!

Updated on November 22, 2011
Dead Sea
Dead Sea | Source
Me, floating
Me, floating | Source

Salt, Salt and more Salt!

When you see salt to your left, and salt to your right, lining the shore like sand on a sea shore it can baffle you at first glance.

Not at all appetizing from this viewpoint, “what could its worth be?” This was my thought as I literally stood on a mound of salt, not sand, on the banks of the Dead Sea in Israel.

Before getting too overwhelmed by all the salt surrounds I was off to experience a “float” on the Dead Sea! Cautiously I waded into the shallow water as skeptical as can be over this possibility. Taking time to watch others who were there for the same experience I plucked up the courage to tilt myself backwards into the water and next thing there I was buoyant but partly submerged. Slowly I turned myself over being ever so careful not to splash my eyes as this salt water burns ones eyes immensely.

“I did it!” I exclaimed to all

Anyone can float on the Dead Sea due to its high salinity it gives natural buoyancy.

Open air showers are positioned on the shore and necessary to use once you come out of the water as the water is very oily. I complied, and dried off in the intense heat in an instant.

Being the skeptic I am, being able to float on water would take some explaining in more depth. From ancient times to our modern day, I read it all once home but still amazed!

Lowest point on earth
Lowest point on earth

The Dead Sea is located between Jordan and Israel. Aptly named, as the salinity makes for a harsh environment in which animals cannot flourish.

In Hebrew it is called the “Sea of Salt” and with a salt content 8.6 higher than that of the ocean how apt this name as well.

The salt concentration of the Dead Sea fluctuates around 31.5%. Now that’s what I call “a lot of salt!” Any wonder a person has to shower well after being in the water!

In bible times Sodamite salt was an essential mineral for the temple holy incense, but was said to be dangerous for the home as it could cause blindness. So high was the salinity!

No wonder I had been warned against getting my eyes splashed the day I “floated”.

The geographical location has Highway number 90 running north and south for a distance of 565kms (351 miles) at 423 meters below sea level or 1,388ft.

Also called the Salt Sea, it is below sea level being the lowest elevation on Earth’s surface. For the tourist it can be listed as another “first” in world wide experiences!

Lathering up!
Lathering up!
Dead Sea Black Mineral Mud
Dead Sea Black Mineral Mud

Why are Dead Sea salts beneficial?

Climate – Sunshine – Water and Black Mud are all unique at the Salt Sea. These natural elements hold capability to rehabilitate sufferers of numerous illnesses.

The sea is abundant in minerals therefore acclaimed to have therapeutic value.

The minerals enhance the effects of physiotherapy.

Such minerals are Chloride, Magnesium, Sodium, Calcium, Potassium and Bromide.

The mud is rich in minerals and gives needed relief to Osteoarthritis sufferers when applied to the knees.

The air in this region is unpolluted and almost free of allergens. Also, it is rich in magnesium and bromide giving off relaxing effects being a benefit to nerve sufferers in reducing tension.

Natural Health Spa treatments have proven to be of value for chronic diseases such as, Skin disorders, Rheumatic disorders and Respiratory disorders such as Asthma & Cystic Fibrosis.

THE END but NOT THE END of the many other benefits found for both body and soul in this land!


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    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thank you for the comment RTalloni.

      Yes, it is quite a soak up in the Dead Sea as you feel so alive afterwards.

      Whenever I feel all stressed out I think of heading back there for relaxation.

      Let's dream of this luxury today!

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      7 years ago from the short journey

      It would be delicious to enjoy a soak in the Dead Sea! One day...right? :)

    • LadyLyell profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from George, South Africa

      Thank you for the comment 'livelonger'. You are a person after my own heart loving travel. I also went to the top of Masada but took the easy way up not the climb. I will never forget that amazing experience and all that I saw there. Keep travelling!

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      Jason Menayan 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      I was there in 1994 and thought it was a lot of fun to float in the "soup." We also went to an interesting nature preserve nearby afterwards, and we climbed the Masada in the early hours of the morning. Such a beautiful part of the world.

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      Proud Mom 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your experience at the Dead Sea, very interesting and love the photos and video.


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