Dead Sea Mud for Skin & Other Benefits

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

Dead sea mud, a highly sought after substance from a geographically astounding lake, has many health benefits that may surprise you!

What is Dead Sea Mud?

Dead sea mud comes from the Dead sea, a huge saltwater lake situated in the Middle East, next to Israel. For years, people have been using Dead sea mud to treat a broad range of health conditions, ranging from skin problems to back pain. The Dead sea is the lowest lake in the world, lying at 408m below sea level, and is surrounded by beautiful mountains. It is a popular tourist destination, and is particularly famous for photos of people floating, feeling weightless in the water. This weightless feeling comes from the high concentration of salt and minerals present in the water.

According to a research published in The Israel Medical Association journal by Asher Tal, MD, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, “The Dead sea area is unique for its combination of natural resources that are unparalleled anywhere else on earth”. The lake is actually geographically unique, not only for its low level of altitude but also for containing such high levels of salts and a vast range of minerals. It is thought that both the water and the mud from the lake have healing properties. [1] [2]

A young girl with dead sea mud pack on her face

Dead sea mud mask can help you get rid of acne. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Nutrients in Dead Sea Mud

As per a laboratory analysis of Dead sea mud, it contains a wide range of minerals, many of which are essential for human health. Some of the most prominent of these are calcium oxide, silicon dioxide, iron, chloride, and a range of other oxides, such as magnesium and aluminum, sodium and potassium oxide. [3]

Benefits of Dead Sea Mud

Dead sea mud has some amazing benefits. Let us take a look at them in detail below.

Skin Therapy

Due to the high concentration of minerals in this deep sea mud, it is believed that Dead sea mud can help ease symptoms of skin disorders like eczema, acne, and psoriasis as per a research conducted by Jashovam Shani Ph.D., University of Jerusalem. It usually leaves your face feeling refreshed and clean. Dead sea mud is often used as a key ingredient in face masks for this very reason. It is also thought that a Dead sea mud mask can help stimulate the circulation, thus reducing signs of cellulite. [4] [5]

Age Reducing

Some people use this powerful healing mud as an aid for reducing wrinkles and closing skin pores. It is thought that this mud draws out the toxins from the skin and can even act as an antioxidant, preventing chronic inflammation and oxidative stress in the cells. [6]

Hair Loss

Although there is no significant research in this regard, dead sea mud is traditionally known to help prevent hair loss. Massage this mud into your scalp and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing out with shampoo. It can stimulate the hair follicles and prevent hair loss, even boosting hair growth, according to some believers.

Relief From Arthritic Pain

Some studies have shown that a compress made from this deep-sea mud can help reduce knee pain caused by arthritis. According to research conducted by Dr. Uriel Katz et al., published in Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, the use of this mud can help to improve the symptoms of various rheumatic and skin conditions. [7]

Word of Caution: Dead sea mud is for external application only and should never be ingested. For external application, this is a low-risk treatment. However, if you have sensitive skin, we recommend conducting a skin patch test before using it over a larger area. Consult a dermatologist or doctor if you have any concerns before or after using this therapeutic mud. Protection Status
About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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