DEAD SEA DEALS (DSD)
Salt And Mud
DEAD SEA SALT
Dead Sea salt refers to salt and other mineral deposits extracted or taken from the Dead Sea. The composition of this material differs significantly from oceanic salt. As leaders in the worldwide distribution of Dead Sea Mud, Salt & Water, we are pleased to offer pure Dead Sea Salt, extracted in its natural, unprocessed state. Extremely competitively priced and with flexible & attractive order minimums, we are pleased to offer Dead Sea Salt in a variety of grain sizes (extra fine, fine & coarse) and magnesium content (low, mid & high) for a variety of cosmetic uses; cosmetic & therapeutic bath salts, salt scrubs and so on. We are pleased to offer Dead Sea Salt in a range of packaging sizes for retail (under our own and private labels) and in salon sized packaging for use in Spas & Salons. In addition, we are pleased to offer Dead Sea Salts in bulk packaging (25kg Sacks) for cosmetic, manufacturing and commercial uses. In addition to offering pure, (uncolored/unscented) Dead Sea salts, we are also pleased to offer a range of colored & scented Dead Sea Salts (using only natural essential oils and food colorings) customized to our client’s requirements
DEAD SEA MUD
As leaders in the worldwide distribution of Dead Sea Mud, Salt & Water, we are pleased to offer pure Dead Sea mud, extracted in its natural, unprocessed state. Competitively priced and with flexible & attractive order minimums, we are pleased to offer Dead Sea Mud in a variety of packaging sizes for retail (under our own & private labels) and in salon sized packaging for use in Spas & Salons. In addition, we are pleased to offer Dead Sea Mud in bulk packaging (200kg Drums) for a variety of cosmetic, manufacturing and commercial uses.
The Dead Sea’s mineral composition varies with season, rainfall, depth of deposit, and ambient temperature. Most oceanic salt is approximately 85% sodium chloride (the same salt as table salt) while Dead Sea salt is only 30.5% of this, with the remainder composed of other dried minerals and salts. Major ion concentrations in the water of the Dead Sea have given the following results (which do not necessarily reflect those of Dead Sea salt)
Common skin ailments
Skin disorders such as acne and psoriasis may be relieved by regularly soaking the affected area in water with added Dead Sea salt. The National Psoriasis Foundation recommends Dead Sea and Dead Sea salts as effective treatments for psoriasis.  High concentration of magnesium in Dead Sea salt may be helpful in improving skin hydration and reducing inflammation, although Epsom salt is a much less expensive salt that also contains high amounts of magnesium and therefore may be equally as useful for this purpose.
The high concentration of bromide and magnesium in the Dead Sea salt may help relieve allergic reactions of the skin by reducing inflammation.
Dead Sea salt may reduce the depth of skin wrinkling, a form of skin ageing.
Ziva Gilad, a spa technician, came up with the idea of marketing Dead Sea mud after watching women tourists scooping up the mud to take home. In 1988, a single stand selling bottles of Ahava body scrub to tourists earned $1 million. The Dead Sea Works is the world’s fourth largest producer and supplier of potash products. The company also produces magnesium chloride, industrial salts, de-icers, bath salts, table salt, and raw materials for the cosmetic industry.
A 2007 study was published that tested the effectiveness of Dead Sea mouthwash and moisturizing cream on cancer patients who were experiencing dermatitis and mucositis while receiving a mixture of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The study showed that the patients receiving the Dead Sea products saw an improvement in their condition, although further randomized studies were warranted.
Rhinosinusitis patients receiving Dead Sea saline nasal irrigation exhibited significantly better symptom relief compared to standard hypertonic saline spray.
Mud pack therapy
Dead Sea mud pack therapy is believed to temporarily relieve pain in patients with osteoarthritis of the knees. According to researchers of the Ben Gurion University of the Negev, treatment with mineral-rich mud compresses can be used to augment conventional medical therapy.
Salt bath therapy
In 1989, a Palestinian dermatologist tested the effect of Dead Sea salts on 50 patients with psoriasis. 47 patients out of 50 (94%) experienced significant relief. The most improvement was shown in patients who soaked in a solution of 1 kg (2 pounds) of salt 3 times a week for 6 weeks in a row.
Lack of long-term research
While some dermatologists claim that the minerals found in Dead Sea products can be helpful for ailments such as skin rashes, others have expressed skepticism due to a lack of long term scientific research backing up the claims.
In July 2011, a Dead Sea Protection and Rehabilitation bill was proposed that would regulate the industry Dead Sea Works, as well as a bill that would tax products produced from Dead Sea components. The bill was supported by Gilad Erdan as well as by several members of the Knesset, but did not pass. Environmentalists have stated that the vaporizing of the sea’s water to produce commercial products as well as the water being piped to hotels have contributed to the lowering of the Dead Sea’s water levels.
Some consumers and human rights groups have endorsed boycotts of Dead Sea products and other materials made in or along the West Bank of the Dead Sea, citing concerns such as blatant violation of human rights in Israel or of certain companies being “economically linked to Israel’s illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories.