Dead Sea Mud is famous for its detoxifying and therapeutic effects. It is rich in magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron. It is unlike any other clay in the world. People travel to Israel from all over the world just to spread its black clay-like mud all over their bodies and faces. In fact, an industry has built up around the health benefits of this amazing mud – Ahava. Sarah brought some Dead Sea Mud Ahava products back from her trip to Israel last summer. It was fun to share in a bit of Israel at home.
The Dead Sea is a salt water inland lake below sea level in the Jordan Valley of Israel, close to Jerusalem. Studies done by the Ben Gurion University reveal that it is rich in sodium, magnesium, iron, bromide, chloride, calcium, and potassium. Its therapeutic benefits are especially noticeable in beauty products like moisturizers and masques whose main component is either Dead Sea salts or Dead Sea mud.
Some people like to soak in a bath of Dead Sea mineral salts to absorb the rich calcium-magnesium ions into their bodies to relieve stress, aching muscles, and fatigue. The Dead Sea mud adds to these benefits the skin purifying and detoxifying action of a clay mask, as well. According to the Ahava website:
Dead Sea Mud
Black mineral mud found in the Dead Sea region rich in magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron, is essential to maintaining healthy, supple skin. The natural properties of mud have been scientifically proven to restore suppleness and moisture levels in overly dry skin while relieving and soothing symptoms such as soreness, roughness, redness and cracking. (Ahava – the beauty spa on the Dead Sea in Israel)
I found a source of Dead Sea mud in North America, and promptly mail ordered a quantity so that I could experience the profound benefits without leaving the comfort of my homestead.
The Dead Sea mud comes in a jar. Unlike most beauty clays that come as a dry, smooth powder, Dead Sea mud is distributed as a moist suspension – like um, mud. It has a germicide added to keep the mud from spoiling. This allows the mud to last for a long time and a little bit of mud goes a long way. In fact Dead Sea mud is the easiest natural clay facial mask that you can make and use at home.
How to use the mud:
Mud masks are applied with the fingers to the face. The mud is allowed to dry naturally on the skin, for about 20 minutes, and then washed off with warm water. The mud acts as a detoxifier, cleansing the skin, and removing impurities from the pores. The skin is noticeably softer and more elastic after a spa treatment with Dead Sea mud or other clay mask.
What you’ll need:
A wash cloth
A small bowl to mix the mud
1 tsp. of Dead Sea Mud (about 5 mg)
4 drops Myrrh essential oil
2 drops Frankincense essential oil
Step 1: Wash your face and open your pores
Begin by washing your face with water. Remove any makeup or grease to leave your skin clean. Soak a washcloth in hot water, wring it out and lay it on your face. Make sure it’s not too hot. You should be able to handle it without burning your skin. Leave it on your face for 30 seconds, while the cloth cools naturally. Repeat this at least once to open your pores.
Step 2: Mix your mud masque
In a small bowl mix together with a spoon
1 tsp. Dead Sea Mud
2 – 4 drops of myrrh essential oil
2 drops of frankincense essential oil
1 drop of rose otto essential oil (optional)
Step 3: Moisturize and protect your eyes
Apply a few drops of coconut oil or olive oil to the sensitive skin around your eyes. Use your ring fingers to apply the oil around your eyes, as this keeps you from putting too much pressure on this thinner skin. Don`t apply any mud to this area.
Step 4: Apply the mud to your face
Using your fingers, and gentle circular motions, apply the mud in a thin, even film over your face, and under your chin, avoiding your eye area. If you have long hair, you may want to put it up out of the way, so that you don’t get mud in your hair. Avoid any areas of broken skin.
Step 5: Relax for 20 to 30 minutes.
If you decide to lie down, protect your pillow or furniture with a towel. Get a book. Put on some soothing music and rest, while the mask dries. It doesn’t have to be fully dry in order for you to receive its benefits. Let it remain on your skin for 20 to 30 minutes. If at any time you sense a strong, burning sensation stop and remove the mask immediately – you could be experiencing an allergic reaction. It will feel a little tingly as the mask dries.
Step 6: Rinse off the mask
Using warm but not hot water, rinse the mask off your face. Continue to rinse with fresh water until all the mask is removed. Gently pat your face dry. Apply coconut oil or your favorite moisturizer to your face.
To make a body mask for fatigued muscles and painful joints:
In a small pot:
Mix ¼ cup of Dead Sea mud
5 drops of lavender essential oil
2 drops of rosemary essential oil
1 drop of peppermint essential oil
Gently heat the mask to slightly warmer than body temperature over a pot of steaming water.
Apply to sore muscles and joints. Massage area with finger tips to stimulate circulation. Allow the mask to dry. Protect clothes and furniture from the mud with towels. Once the mud is dry, wash off with warm water.
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