The Dead Sea is a salt lake bordering Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. It is known to produce one of the most renown therapeutic mud around the world, used to produce soaps and cosmetic products as well as to serve as the base for the production of many others.
Dead Sea mud has some amazing properties such as keeping the skin radiant and healthy looking. It also helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
According to researchers at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, treatment with mineral-rich mud compresses can be used to augment conventional medical therapy . Image: See credits under ref.  below.
World population is constantly increasing and food demands to cope with it will have to as well soon. If the trend continues as predicted by 2050 the world food production will need to double to cope with the increasing growing human population . Will we be able to cope with it?
Well it seems that there are some factors that may have an influence on our future predictions, one of them being the creation of a sustainable intensification of world agriculture, as we saw in the System of Rice Intensification (SRI), supported by research and studies that will focus on increasing current productivity of crops by all possible means, including technological innovations and a better understanding of how plant diseases can be better fought and controlled.
One of the factors that negatively influences crop production are indeed plant diseases. Between 10 and 30% of the global harvest is lost as a consequence of plant diseases , a risk that is becoming a threat to global food security . But understanding the biology of plant infection by disease-causing agents, such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi is not simple. Image: See credits under ref.  below.
Organic and healthy beauty products have increased in popularity over the past few years. Even after spending substantial amounts of money, the products might give us allergic reactions or just not work for us. Then why not to try making the products ourselves?
It is not only much cheaper but it is also considerably easier than you may expect, let's see how. Image left: soap stall by Chris Booth under Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 2.0).
Common name: Lavender, English lavender, common lavender, true lavender, narrow-leaved.