A couple of years ago, a product called "Bath Salt from Amazon" went on sale. This bath salt was made from Dead Sea salt that had been processed to remove the salts' sodium content. The consumer was led to believe that this bath salt had extra health benefits.
The ingredients included a number of artificial flavors and colors, which can actually be harmful to our health. These artificial additives are common ingredients in other bath products. The consumer didn't know that the Dead Sea salt they were purchasing could potentially cause them harm.
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According to studies conducted at the Dead Sea, sodium chloride is the most commonly used element in treating skin conditions. It is also the most commonly used mineral element. Sodium chloride is not a trace element but rather a crystalline substance.
Dead Sea salt is briny in nature. The water contains salt because the minerals found there are salty, too.
So, salts derived from these bodies tend to be more highly concentrated. Hence, the good thing about Dead Sea salts is that it has higher concentrations of minerals like potassium, magnesium, zinc, calcium, iron, and manganese.
Unlike other salts, the concentration of minerals in Dead Sea salts is based on what the Dead Sea was able to collect in its active seasons. As the ocean is divided between Israel and Jordan, the Dead Sea has been exposed to varying levels of temperature. The salts in the water do not necessarily depend on the amount of time the water has been exposed to the elements; rather, they are influenced by temperature.
The other ingredients in the Dead Sea salts come from other locations. They include microcrystalline silica, which is extracted from sea gypsum. It is in fact used as an additive in cosmetics.
In the summer, the salt in the water increases to the highest levels during the active season. However, when the weather gets cool in the fall, the water's temperature drops down to the level of the Dead Sea's salts, which indicates that this salt contains a larger concentration of minerals than the normal type of salt.
Another mineral added to Dead Sea salts is called gypsum. If this is present in too large of a quantity, the water becomes more polluted, and the water could cause numerous health problems.
The first ingredient in Dead Sea salts is potassium nitrate. This compound is also known as soda ash.
As you can see, not all salts from the Dead Sea are safe for use. And you need to know what is in your bath salt. If it's not safe, then you may want to steer clear of it.