Did you ever wonder how low a person can go?

Well, in one respect it can be that the answer is the Dead Sea in Israel. You see, it is the lowest point on the planet! The Dead Sea is actually a good size lake on the south eastern part of Israel about 45 minutes drive from Jerusalem. This unique body of water has the highest concentration of salt compared to any other water source. In fact, it is up to 10 times saltier than the ocean. This fact alone is the cause of lack of any life form within that sea. However, it does bring life – mainly to your skin.

What kind of salts or minerals would you find in it? Well, there are over 21 different minerals with the main ones being: Magnesium, Potassium, and Calcium.

The Dead Sea is most famous for being a healing resort for people who suffer from skin disorders including: Psoriasis, Acne, Eczema, Scabies, Dermatitis, Seborrhea and Dandruff. It also helps balance extreme conditions of dry skin and a host of other skin problems.

This unique sea is in fact one big natural and potent spa. People come from all over the world to bath in its salty water and to rub black mineral mud on their body. Even if you don’t suffer from any skin problem you will sure to enjoy the pampering that is the result of bathing in the magical waters of this lake. Your skin will feel young and healthy again. Due to the fantastic amount of salt, floating in the Dead Sea is very easy; in fact you can’t avoid it. So if your swimming skills are in need of polishing – you will do just fine here.

Aside from being a healing attraction the Dead Sea offers some of the best resorts and hotels in Israel. The proximity to the capital of the country – Jerusalem – allows for a great vacation. In addition to that there are other interesting historical sites around including Masada and Qumran where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found. All in all, this place is an oasis waiting to heal you physically and recharge you spiritually.

More data regarding Qumran and the Dead Sea Scroll:

Qumran is a location close to the Dead Sea in which the Dead Sea Scrolls where found. What are the Dead Sea Scrolls and what do they contain?

The Scrolls, about 900 of them, are the only known surviving copies of Biblical documents. The scrolls are dated to between 150 BC-70AD.

The scrolls include at least parts of every book of the Old Testament, and the writings are almost identical to the traditional Hebrew scripts of the bible. Some of the scrolls however contain changes from the traditional script. The scrolls were found in 11 caves in the northwestern shoreline of the Dead Sea closest to an ancient settlement called Qumran.

Qumran is believed to have been a settlement of a Jewish mystical sect called Essenes. The scrolls, which were discovered in 1947 by an Arab shepherd, are believed to have been the Essenes library. Today, you will be able the find the majority of the Scrolls in the Shrine of the Book in The Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

Hillel Mintz was born and raised in Israel. He operates and blogs about the country on his website: http://www.israel-travel-and-tours.com/
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