The Dead Sea salts are well-known for their therapeutic
benefits due to the high content of
important minerals such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, iodine, bromide,
sulphur and potassium. Interestingly, these minerals are similar to the ones
found inside our skin cells.
these reasons the dead sea salts have been sought after by dermatologists and
beauty experts, who employ them in their beauty treatments and products.
Now it appears that
sea salts may be used differently. Rebecca Hensberry, a patient, who had been
experiencing sinusitis - related problems and head ache for over six months, was
being treated with antibiotics. Having failed to find relief despite being
treated with them, she approached Dr. Robert Graham of Lenox Hill hospital in
the city of New York and requested him for an alternative treatment.
Graham decided to flush out the sinuses with
Dead Sea salt to control the mucus production and inflammation. The solutions
prepared from Dead Sea salts are natural, non-addictive, and have no harmful
"Most people use hypertonic saline, which is
basically just table salt that they put in warm water, and they bathe their
sinuses," Dr. Graham said. "This study looked at the concentration of the Dead
Sea salt as a substitute and it showed that it was better in terms of quality
of life and symptoms. "Often times these simple, non-invasive, natural ways of
dealing with things can actually be a first line agent," he added.
After undergoing the Dead Sea salt treatment,
Hensberry said that she felt better. "I could tell that it was working, and
within about a week, I was cured. I'm feeling great," she said.
Dead sea is famous for its therapeutic
effects and is a reputed tourist destination. What makes it unique is that its
waters contain 29% salt in comparison to other oceans
where the salt content is 4%. This increases
the density of the dead sea and allows anyone to float on it with ease. The
mineral content of the dead sea is very high in comparison to other oceans,
while the percentage of sodium chloride is far below that of others.
Dead sea salts have been sought after right from the
times of ancient Egyptians. Even today these salts are used as scrubs, and find
a place in the various beauty treatments carried out in spas. The therapeutic
value of the dead sea salts has also been put to good use in treating skin
ailments, such as acne and psoriasis.