Dead Sea beckons with health benefits

High salt content makes the Dead Sea one of the most unique natural mineal baths in the world. Image credit: Itamar Grinberg/Israeli Ministry of Tourism

The Dead Sea, bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel to the west, is a saltwater lake unlike any other, renowned for its mystical beauty, therapeutic properties, and unique geographical characteristics.

Its surface sits at the lowest elevation on the planet, more than 400 metres below sea level. Its exceptional depth and hyper salinity create a unique phenomenon, while most bodies of water allow swimmers to effortlessly float, the buoyancy in the Dead Sea is so remarkable that even non-swimmers can effortlessly float on its surface. This natural wonder is a result of the high salt content, consisting of minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium, which have accumulated over thousands of years.

For centuries, the Dead Sea has been celebrated for its therapeutic qualities. The mineral-rich waters and mud found here are believed to provide a range of health benefits. The minerals in the water, when absorbed by the skin, have been known to alleviate skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, reduce inflammation, and promote overall skin health. Many visitors come to the Dead Sea specifically for dermatological treatments and to experience the soothing effects of its mineral-rich waters.

The Dead Sea region is home to numerous luxurious resorts and wellness retreats that cater to visitors seeking relaxation and pampering. These resorts offer an array of spa treatments utilizing the rejuvenating properties of the Dead Sea minerals. Indulge in therapeutic mud wraps, salt scrubs, and mineral-infused massages to feel refreshed and revitalized. The serene surroundings, combined with the healing touch of nature, create an atmosphere of tranquillity and well-being.

While the Dead Sea’s waters are undoubtedly the main attraction, the surrounding landscapes are equally breathtaking. For adventure enthusiasts, the Dead Sea region offers opportunities for off-road jeep tours, desert hiking, and even camel rides, allowing you to immerse yourself in the captivating desert scenery.