The Dead Sea is 1,240 feet deep, making it the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. The Dead Sea was a sanctuary for King David and even now is considered one of the best places for spas and health resorts, particularly for those dealing with sleep disturbances and skin ailments like psoriasis. The lake produces four types of salt, including salts used to flavour food. These include crude pan salt, potash, magnesium chloride and potassium chloride. The Dead Sea salts used for spas and bathtubs are a combination of magnesium, potassium and calcium chloride.
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Research crude pan salt. Crude pan salt is made from calcium chloride and magnesium. This salt is most commonly used for tanning, roads and as an additive for animal food. This is a moist salt due to the mineral composition.
Research potash. Potash is used as a fertiliser. It contains large amounts of potassium chloride and other minerals.
Research magnesium chloride. This is a compound used for industrial sewage treatment or sugar refining.
Research potassium chloride. Potassium chloride is used to produce carrageenan and gelatin. It is also used in pharmaceutical products.
Research Dead Sea spa salts. These are salts primarily used for bathtubs and spas. They have a high concentration of bromides and contain 33 per cent salt.
Compare prices. Now that you have a better understanding of the types of sea salts and their uses, use an online comparison tool like Nextag to compare prices. See Resources for a link to Nextag's Dead Sea salt comparison. The average cost per pound is £1.30 unless you order in bulk.
Review other features and characteristics. Salts may come unrefined, natural white or low moisture. Grades range from fine (two millimolars) to coarse (four millimolars). Packaging is available in five, twenty and fifty-five pound bags as well as pallets.
Buy bulk. If you purchase in bulk or are a large volume buyer you can get prices as low as forty-nine cents per pound. This is primarily reserved for distributor pricing. Call the manufacturer directly for pricing. Saltworks and OfficialDeadSeaSalt.com are two vendors. See Resources for a link to their websites.
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