Before we give you the medicine, let’s give you a peek at the illness:

• An election year
• An unbearable commute
• Teenage children with cell phones— and they are yours
• Parking lot wars
• Another reality television show about heedless people in their 20s
• Your own cell phone
• What you are going to have to fix for dinner tonight and what you are going to feel like when you do it

One prescription can alleviate the stress and symptoms of all these illnesses: a nice soothing bath in Dead Sea Salts.

Dead Sea Salt Pans | Agraria

View of Dead Sea salt pans near Ein Bokek from the southern side of the canyon.

A few salty facts

The Dead Sea has been recognized for centuries as a body of water with healing properties and gives us dead sea salt.  Cleopatra herself bathed in the waters of the sea, taking full advantage of the high mineral content in the Dead Sea salt and the other properties this unique dead sea salt provides. Cleopatra, known for her beauty well into the later years of her life, was a testament to the benefits of the Dead Sea and dead sea salt. Jewish Roman historian Flavius touted the healing benefits of the Dead Sea nearly 2,000 years ago as well, encouraging travelers to bathe in the waters and take a sample of the sea in the form of dead sea salt home with them.

Liz as Cleopatra | Agraria

Millions were spent on sets, costumes, scripts, and top British actors, but what people remember most in Cleopatra?: The bathing scene with Elizabeth Taylor.

More recent history is filled with studies that have been done on the many healing benefits Dead Sea salt provides. Research has shown potential advantages of Dead Sea salt in treating skin conditions like acne, psoriasis and eczema. Dead Sea salt baths and mudpacks have been used to effectively reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritic conditions. For those who simply want a smoother, more radiant complexion, Dead Sea salt offers unique benefits as well.

How to take your medication

Yes, we know you already had a shower at the gym. That doesn’t count. Now it’s time to put the iPad in a drawer. Turn off the 55″ flat screen. Put your cell phone in the car outside. Send your teenagers to a work farm. Or maybe just to the movies. And get your spouse in the kitchen to fix dinner for a change. You only need 30 to 45 minutes.

A few scoops of your favorite bath salts. (We like Bitter Orange: A complex & subtle blend that permeates the air with additive waves of clove, the zest of bitter orange & just a touch of cypress. Described by The New York Times as “uplifting, mysterious and androgynous in its appeal.”) And yes, you should go whole hog and light the Crystal Cane Candle as well. Doctors orders.

Catherine Deneuve | Agraria

Invite Catherine Deneuve to read to you while you soak.

If you like? Some music. Our current favorite: Debussy’s Chansons De Bilitis. Beautiful celesta, flute, and harp music with Catherine Deneuve reading a collection of erotic poetry by Pierre Louÿs. The poems are in the manner of Sappho and the legend was that they were found on the walls of a tomb in Cyprus, written by a woman of Ancient Greece called Bilitis, a courtesan and contemporary of Sappho, to whose ‘life’ Louÿs dedicated a small section of his book. On publication, the volume deceived even the most expert of scholars. Though the poems were actually clever fabulations, authored by Louÿs himself, they are still considered important literature.

We recommend twice-weekly follow ups until you can smile at everyone around the dinner table, and you let the alpha-type in the truck with the jacked up chassis and mega tires pass you with no elevation to your blood pressure.

Need more inspiration? A few of our favorite bathing scenes below.

The Women Joan Crawford | Agraria

Joan Crawford as Crystal Allen in The Women in the ideal tub. But ditch the phone and the kid, huh?

Myrna Loy | Agraria

Myrna Loy takes a pre-Hayes Code soak in The Barbarian, 1933

Claudette Colbert | Agraria

In Cecil B. DeMille’s ancient Rome epic Sign of the Cross (1932), Claudette Colbert plays the cruel, seductive Empress Poppaea. The VERY pre-code film features Claudette Colbert bathing lavishly in donkey’s milk in a pool size tub. A little trivia: In reality, Colbert wasn’t bathing in donkey’s milk, but powdered cow’s milk. The scene wasn’t very pleasant for Colbert to film, because the milk spoiled under the hot studio lights and smelled bad, according to IMDB.

Need even more inspiration? See below.

Agraria Bath Salts | Agraria

Agraria Bath Salts