You might think all salts are equal, but that’’s definitely not true. The composition of Dead Sea Salt is unlike that of any other oceanic salt in the world. The Dead Sea is a massive salt lake that was formed millions of years ago. It’s located between Palestine, Jordan, and Israel, and it has been harvested by humans for a very long time. Salt from the Dead Sea has some pretty magical properties for your mind and body. For centuries and centuries, they’ve been used to beautify, heal, and even cure medical ailments.
Unlike Epsom salts, Dead Sea salts have a crumbly, slightly moist consistency unlike the smooth, crystals of Epsom salt. Dead Sea Salt is 12-18% sodium chloride, where as regular ocean salt is almost 85%. This means that Dead Sea salt has way more nutrients and a whopping 21 minerals, include potassium, magnesium, zin, and sulfur. If you’re looking to step up your game from Epsom salts to something with a little more oomph, check out all the amazing benefits of this ingredient.
1. Bath therapy
Why spend hundreds on expensive spa treatments when you could just make a super soothing DIY bath therapy from the comfort of your own home. Consider mixing them with essential oils to bring some extra relaxation. Your pains and aches will soak away, while keeping your skin extremely soft.
2. Detox and assist with skin ailments
This can detox your skin and body thanks to their high percentage of sulphates. With its grainy texture, this salt moves dirt and bacteria away from clogged pores (hello, clear skin!), balances natural pH levels, and stimulates circulation throughout the body. If you prefer, you can add them to hot water and steam your face with the resulting vapor.
Magnesium hydrates skin and lessens inflammation. Dead Sea Salt has even been known to treat acne, and even eczema and Psoriasis.
Due to the nutritious nature of Dead Sea salt, you can use this substance instead of a foot pumice. You can even exfoliate your whole body, since it’s less harsh thanks to a higher moisture content in Epsom salts.
4. Heal from injuries
If you’re generally athletic or suffering from an injury of some sort (especially sporting injuries) Dead Sea Salts can help you heal. Even if you don’t have a serious energy and are just sore after a workout or a long day at the office, this is much more pleasant than immersing yourself in an ice bath. Loosen up those stiff muscles and tension!
5. Help with arthritis
Due to its dense amount of nutrients, pain relief is another perk of using salt from the Dead Sea. When soaking in a bath of Dead Sea Salt, minerals are absorbed through the skin, blood circulation is improved, and relief is brought to conditions such as osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
6. Combat allergic reactions
Oddly enough, allergy meds and Dead Sea Salt share something in common. Bromide and magnesium can both help relieve allergic reactions on the skin’s surface by lessening inflammation.
7. Goodbye wrinkles
Dead Sea Salt is good for reducing the depth of skin wrinkling, which is very useful for fine lines and even deeper creases. Reverse those signs of skin aging by regularly incorporating salts in your beauty routine.
8. Reduce dandruff
Sulfur and sodium in this salt removes dandruff from the scalp, so you don’t have to pay extra for that special shampoo at your local drug store. It loosens up flakes that are already settled, and thanks to its circulation enhancing properties, can soak up moisture and stop yeast overgrowth.
9. Improve your breath
Out of the 21 minerals in Dead Sea salt, zinc is the star in neutralizing stinky breath. Bad breath is often connected to not consuming enough minerals, so using a salt oral rinse can aid immensely in that sensitive and hard to solve problem.
10. Sea salt hair spritz
You may have heard of a “sea salt” hair spray to make it look like you’ve come fresh from the beach. This is especially useful in winter months when hair can go limp. With the help of a few ingredients, you can make your own Dead Sea texturizing spray at home and never need hot tools again.
Keep in mind that there are still different kinds of Dead Sea salt on the market, including fine, course, and extra course. Some may contain additional scents such as eucalyptus or lavender, which is important to know if you prefer an unscented and hypoallergenic option.