What is the first place that comes to mind when thinking of destinations to travel to? I’m sure for many people the Middle East does not jump out at them as a beautiful, relaxing place to vacation. The Middle East is often directly associated with turmoil and war, but in reality there are several breath-taking places that are very popular tourist attractions. One of these attractions is the Dead Sea. Previously, I did not know much about the Dead Sea and quite frankly didn’t sound very appealing to me to visit but after reading just a few things about it I was quickly fascinated.
Where is the Dead Sea?
According to an article on Twisted Sifter, the Dead Sea is located to the east of Jordan and to the west of Israel and the West Bank in the Jordan Rift Valley which is only about forty-five minutes from Jerusalem. Something very fascinating about the location of the Dead Sea is that it is approximately 1,388 feet below sea level making it the lowest point on earth. It is also about 67 kilometers/ 42 miles long and 18 kilometers/11 miles wide actually making it a lake not a sea with the main tributary being the Jordan River. The world’s lowest highway, Highway 90, goes around on the west side.Why is it called the Dead Sea?
According to an article on goisrael.com, the Dead Sea achieved its name because it really is the dead sea. Barely a single thing lives within the water. The water has a salinity of 33.7% making it one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world, where the salt content in the water surpasses the amount of water. With the salinity this high it allows for almost no life because the organisms are not be able to withstand the amount of salt in the water. Only few, very small, macroscopic organisms are able to survive. The water has such a high salinity it makes humans float in result of natural buoyancy making it a very popular tourist attraction in the Middle East. The water within the Dead Sea is about eight times saltier than regular ocean saltwater.
On the contrary, some people consider the Dead Sea to be very much filled with life. There are many therapeutic aspects to the Dead Sea that locals, tourists, entrepreneurs, etc. flock to every year. According to McNulty, some of the treatments are pelotherapy, climatotherapy, heliotherapy, and so on. Thalassotherapy and balenotherapy are two common treatments that aid arthritic and rheumatic condition in which the person bathes in the water which contains twenty-one different minerals. Twelve of these minerals are found in no other body of water in the world. Surrounding, the body of water is a type of mud that is filled with minerals as well that people rub all over their body which relieves arthritic pain as well. The mud has also been known to stimulate blood flow.
Cosmetics from the Dead Sea
The water is high in magnesium, potassium, calcium, bromides, and sodium are all present which is very beneficial to the skin and rejuvenates the skin with these minerals. A few beneficial things that the minerals do is slow skin aging, balance skin moisture, relax muscles, and strengthen nails. These are the sort of treatments women have been trying to do to their bodies for forever to keep themselves looking young and healthy. Which is most likely why, there are hundreds of different Dead Sea Spa/Cosmetic businesses all over the world trying to promote their products to customers.
Now come to think of it, traveling to the Middle East and visiting the relaxing and rejuvenating waters of the Dead Sea sounds more and more like the ideal vacation. Not only is it beautiful, but you are sure to be leaving feeling much better than when you arrived.