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The Healthy Salt Guide – Dead Sea – Part 2

Guys I hoped you enjoyed part 1 of my healthy salt guide on Himalayan Salt. If you missed it, you can catch up here.

Today, as promised, I’m covering Dead Sea Salt, which as the name suggests is from the Dead Sea.

The Dead Sea borders Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan. It’s a salt lake 400 metres below sea level, which is the lowest point on dry land.

Years ago I visited the Dead Sea on holidays to bath in its mineral rich, salty waters and mud. It’s renowned for it’s therapeutic and medicinal qualities. Also, because it’s hypersaline you can float in it.

What Is Dead Sea Salt?

Salts from the Dead Sea go back thousands of years to the Roman Empire and biblical times. It was so well regarded for its healing qualities that people went on pilgrimages to it to boost their wellbeing.

Dead Sea Salt is typically made by picking the salt from the sea, and then washing and drying it off to evaporate the water off. Granules are sieved and then separated according to size.

So what’s all the hype? Is it that much better than standard sea salt?

Yes and here’s why …

Dead Sea water is 29% salt compared to 4% salt in other seas. The dense salt levels are what causes it to be hypersaline so allowing you to float.

Also, only 12% of Dead Sea Salt is sodium chloride versus 85% in normal sea water making it much better for your health.

Dead Sea Salt is also incredibly high in magnesium and other minerals (potassium, calcium chloride, and bromides). This makes it a great choice to add to food as it’s low in sodium and yet you can increase your magnesium intake at the same time.

Benefits

  • Moisturises and smoothes the skin
  • Reduces skin inflammation, dryness, and itchiness
  • Helps relieve skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and sunburn
  • Eases arthritis, rheumatism, muscular aches, and pains
  • Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties

What To Look For

  • 100% unrefined
  • 100% natural

Uses

  • Cooking, baking, and seasoning (if using coarse Dead Sea Salt use a grinder)
  • In the bath to ease muscle aches, and treat skins conditions (use fine Dead Sea Salt)
  • In beauty products such as body scrubs and bath salts
  • To make crude pan salt to grit roads and as an animal food additive
  • To make potash which is a fertiliser used in sewage treatment and sugar refining

Bath Guidelines

  • Dissolve 250 grams salt in a hot bath approx 36-40 degrees
  • Soak and relax for 20 mins

Storage

  • Store in a sealed container in a cool, dry place as over time the salt can absorb moisture

As you can see, there’s many benefits to Dead Sea Salt. Have I convinced you yet? Give it a try and let me know what you think? It’s such an easy switch and like Himalayan Salt doesn’t cost the earth.

In the next episode on the healthy salt guide, I’m going to be introducing you to the final salt in our series – Epsom.

See ya soon 🙂

Love Alexandra x

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