We hear the term “salted” far too often when we consider the effectiveness of natural or Mediterranean-style remedies. To understand why, consider the activities and processes of the salting process. The best source of information about this process is to look at photos from all over the world. Here’s an example of a traditional salt grove in the Sahara Desert, with people collecting salt from pools and puddles.
What they do next is what you see in your kitchen: they put the salt into buckets and later use it to lighten dark, creamed soups. This is the salt part of the process – the collecting, hoarding, and processing of this wonderful and often unappreciated material.
Our process might be considered more impressive, but it is hardly the most exciting science’s top story. More interesting are the processes that occur at sea, in remote areas. In this remote area, waves press against a rock face. These pressures create pressure inside the rock, pushing salt down through cracks, into underground aquifers and then finally to the ocean floor.
Here’s another example, showing how the body chemistry of one species helps shape the chemical composition of another. An example is the production of essential elements. After the species that produced those essential elements dies, they pass along to the new species, and the new species then pick up the basics of their survival mechanism.
Their ability to survive and thrive depends on their ability to take on the necessities of life. Like the rock of the Sahara Desert and the pools of the Mediterranean Sea, the body chemistry of each species creates what we consider important and necessary. If we want to know how ancient man did it, we need to look at the differences between the biology of those ancient people.
Yet, the Dead Sea salt does not make for quite the same fun visual as the photos you have seen. It is easier to believe the photo was taken on Mars. After all, who wouldn’t want to see the bottom of the ocean? To me, this explains why so many people don’t know much about the science behind the process. However, the basic science is absolutely fascinating.
For example, the Dead Sea Salt looks like tiny grains of sand that have fallen through a crack in the rock. But here’s what happens. At low tide, water oozes through the crack and rises to the surface, creating a crack-free surface.
The fresh water salt water that oozes through the crack is left behind, as if suspended in a puddle. The first salt water rises, collects in a pocket, is drained through the remaining cracks and enters the ocean, bringing along the ancient water chemistry and the other components of the ecosystem.
The process of dead sea salt extraction doesn’t happen overnight. It may take as long as 10 days, depending on the temperature, humidity, and water flow. The liquid remains dark, because the minerals are cemented in place.
The process uses small machines that mix and pour water through the sediment, forcing the salts and minerals out, while trapping the waste. Then they step back, close the machine doors, and drain the system.
The big benefit of Dead Sea Salt extraction is the tremendous contribution that this natural resource can make to the health of the people who live in countries where it is abundant. In some areas, the supply can exceed the demand by a factor of ten. Consider what you could do by using the Dead Sea Salt and the benefits to your health.