Bath salt is a unique combination of minerals and salts from the world's second-largest saltwater body. The content of the natural material in the region is diverse, ranging from magnesium, calcium, magnesium chloride, potassium, sodium, calcium phosphate, magnesium sulphates, iron oxides, manganese nitrates, and a host of other minerals. While the majority of these minerals are very beneficial to our health, we do require a certain amount of these minerals in our daily diets to maintain good health.
When compared to ordinary seawater, Dead Sea salt contains up to one hundred and seventy-five different elements. This type of salt contains the same exact balance of salts and minerals as oceanic water, but with no other additions, such as chlorides, calcium, or bromide. The content of the mineral compound is so rich that it is almost impossible to produce your own bath salt from Dead Sea salt. In fact, scientists who have succeeded in getting hold of this kind of salt can only compare it to a hundred million years old rock formation.
The term "Dead Sea" came about during the First World War, when a British soldier named Arthur Conan Doyle noted that there were strange silvery, blue substances on the surface of the water. Conan Doyle then wrote a story that became one of the most popular detective stories ever written, A SON OF SATAN, and he included it in his collection of short stories called The Adventure of Black Jack.
The term "Dead Sea" was first used by an American businessman named George Murray, who used it in his advertising for the first time. The name stuck because it sounded so unearthly. In fact, not only were the salts used in the manufacturing process too coarse for human consumption, but they did not blend well with the surrounding soil.
The Dead Sea was discovered by accident by a German named Cleopatra, who had been a member of the Egyptian royal family. During her reign, Cleopatra had made some of the most extravagant luxury items known to mankind. She became so impressed with the quality of the salt she was able to use that she brought it back with her to Egypt, and it became a key element of her royal regalia.
While the name "Dead Sea" has become ingrained in our consciousness, it was not named for Cleopatra until much later, in history, when a Roman general named Septimus Severus noticed something peculiar about its salt content. Septimus was the leader of the Second Persian Warlord and had the job of defeating the Arabs.
Septimus was taken prisoner at the Battle of Sephira and held prisoner at the court of King Ptolemy III. The king treated him very well, and he even allowed him to live amongst the Egyptian royalty. However, the king's diet was made up of desert food, which included a large amount of salt, which Septimus discovered was rich in minerals.
It was not until many years after the Battle of Sephira that the king was forced to give up the use of sea salt and began using table salt, which contains no minerals at all. So while the Dead Sea may have started out with a lot of minerals, it may actually have been that the salt in the water was not enough to provide the healthy levels of essential minerals we need in order to maintain good health.
Salt has been used for cooking for thousands of years, dating back to ancient Mesopotamia. It is important to note, however, that salt is a natural element that cannot be chemically enhanced. All it takes is the addition of heat or water to alter the chemical properties of the salt, and this can actually change the taste of the food.
One example of this is salt found in commercial products such as baking soda and salt substitutes such as sodium Laureth sulfate, which is found in many of the preservatives on the market today. It is one of the most common chemicals used in the production of table salt.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate commonly referred to as lard-salt, is an extremely common chemical that is added to make cooking easier and also to reduce the risk of bacterial contamination. It has been shown to be effective at killing the harmful bacteria that cause bad breath but is also very toxic to the human body, and it can cause serious damage to the thyroid gland.