Dead Sea mud is rich with minerals that many believe to have therapeutic and even medicinal benefits. A woman at my hotel was obsessed with it, saying it’s a miracle skincare solution. I wish I could convey her overwhelming enthusiasm for…mud. “It’s amazing. Uh-May-Zing!” Her Medusa hair swayed with each animated sentence. She went on to explain that it’s the raw materials for multiple Jordanian Dead Sea cosmetic product lines bottled and sold all around the world. If you believe the hype (and the crazy German lady!), it’s not just great for cleansing and stimulating the skin (apparently it worked wonders for her teenage daughter’s acne), but can also be used to improve blood circulation, relieve muscle and emotional tension, offer immortality, and ease rheumatic pain. I’m not 100% sure I heard one of those accurately but she mentioned quite a few benefits in her interesting yet painfully slow never-ending list. It reminded me of the scene(s) in Forrest Gump when Bubba’s listing the varieties of shrimp meals. “Shrimp Gumbo, Shrimp-n-Peas…” [If you just got a sudden urge to see that Gump scene (I did!), here’s the 0:43 clip from YouTube below]
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It’s called the “Dead Sea” because the salt content isn’t exactly welcoming for underwater life – it’s one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water (33% saltine). Due to the hypersalination of the water, you can float!
In this photos from the Dead Sea on the Jordan side, I have both hands and feet out of the water as I float. I found a newspaper for the photo but it was just a prop. Look closely and you’ll see I’m reading a Japanese newspaper!
Welcome to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth (1,388 feet below sea level).
I had a bad scrape from Indonesia that I had forgotten about until the salt from the Dead Sea found my wound. Ouch! Then a few splashes later and my eyes were burning like I had never felt before! Most people’s instinct is to rub them (with their hands, still wet from the Dead Sea), which makes them hurt even more.