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]
It was surprisingly captivating, if only see her hair knock over everything in it’s path. After a long pause I figured she had finished the long list of benefits and started saying goodbye, but as I was getting up, she then continued. “You can use it for anti-aging, anti-acne, anti-wrinkle, anti-…” She had me at “amazing” nine minutes ago. Her accent seemed to get thicker with each word. At this point her hair’s already knocked over a pile of papers and a mostly empty glass. She then shifted from helpful endorsement to borderline infomercial. “And that’s not it! It’s also great to help with psoriasis, fibromyalgia, arthritis, oh and you know what else? Most people don’t even know it’s great for…” Perhaps there’s somebody to fill Billy Mays’ shoes. I love meeting interesting characters in my travels.