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Posted by Iris Hami on Feb 21, 2013 4:33:07 PM

Isn’t it Romantic? The Dead Sea! It’s Like Being on a Different Planet! Every time I visit it’s like the first time! A magical destination that promises revitalization of mind, body, spirit and libido! (Oh yeah!)

I think there is something really sexy about cavorting on the lowest point on Earth, or maybe it’s just me! All I know is that every time my honey and I vacation there, magical things happen! I wonder sometimes if the health promoting environment teamed with an increased oxygen density and unique solar irradiation doesn’t affect ones sense of passion in a very powerful way. Whatever the reason isn’t really important to me. I just know how I feel when I visit Israel's Dead Sea area and it makes me feel AWESOME! The “Martian” landscape and the unparalleled ability for my sweetie and me to float in tandem for hours in the extremely salty/sultry water is an unforgettable experience! I can just feel its great health properties which is why I imagine people have been going there for thousands of years.

It is easy to understand why this unique magic attracts discriminating travelers from all over the world. And why it was was once a place of refuge for King David as well as one of the world’s first health resorts for Herod the Great. Talk about a celebrity magnet! It has continued to be for thousands of years as well! While I am certainly not a celebrity I do feel the Dead Sea Spell waft over me from time to time and like “Bali Hai” calling for my return.

In addition to being great tourism attraction, people have been creating a wide variety of products from the salt and minerals from The Dead Sea. Created are/were Balms for Egyptian mummification, cosmetics and herbal sachets. I don’t believe they make mummies any longer but the cosmetics are amazing! The message creams after a good long soaking are unbelievable! Such surrealistic sensations! I buy AHAVA products and swear by “The Mineral Magic of the Dead Sea”!

Few people really understand the chemical make-up of The Dead Sea or the fact that it contains 21 minerals, 12 of which found in no other body of water on Earth and many imparting a relaxed feeling, nourishing the skin, activating the circulatory system and easing all sorts of metabolic disorders! For us, it all just feels GREAT! We have also found that there are several thermo-mineral springs along the shore and these warm-water pools are dominated by sulfur which activates the circulatory system and increases the oxygen supply to the body. I would confide the result but I never kiss and tell! It might make me blush as well. Suffice to say, you really ought to give it a try for yourself with my blessings!

On a more G-rated note, benefits of Dead Sea bathing are attributed to the natural tar in the water as well as the high level of minerals that affect everything from the growth of your skin cells, blood circulation, allergies, psoriasis, eczema, and so much more. The least of which is cleaning the skin, improving its outer appearance and elasticity which puts you right back into romantic mode!

There are dozens of hotels to choose from in The Dead Sea area with most located along a “strip” by the sea. Many have access directly to the beach and usually provide guests with treatments in their private spa facilities. Some are quite luxurious while others are more for the budget-minded. I have found that in either case the value is very good. Restaurants include everything from an Asian Fusion Kosher Bistro to McDonalds!

My advice? There is only one Dead Sea and only one you. You owe it to yourself to immerse yourself in it at least once. You’ll be back!











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