The Queen of Sheba first discovered and told the world of the mystical healing powers of the Dead Sea. Later, Cleopatra traveled from Egypt to build a spa along the shores of the Dead Sea, which was the first spa ever built.
The great Egyptian queen was actually Greek. Her family, the Ptolemaic dynasty, lived in Egypt for about three hundred years, and Cleopatra grew up speaking only Greek. However, she learnt to speak Egyptian. Cleopatra could speak nine languages fluently. She became an expert linguist, a skill which helped her to command a navy later on. She also immersed herself in Egyptian religious beliefs and customs, representing herself as the reincarnation of the Egyptian goddess Isis. She became Caesar’s mistress and gave birth to their son. At this point Caesar backed Cleopatra’s claim to the throne and waged war against her brother. They won. After Caesar’s assassination she aligned with Mark Antony in opposition to Caesar’s legal heir. She bore Anthony three children.
Years ago, a British Museum curator examined the royal statues of the queen and the coins stamped only to discover that the queen was fat and frumpy, with a large hooked nose, bad teeth, and sharp eyes, yet her legend lives on. Cleopatra (who was really Queen Cleopatra VII), the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, was far more than a beautiful woman. She was a great politician who harbored a surprising amount of power. No other queen of the ancient world, not even Helen of Troy, has a greater legend surrounding her mythical personality. Rich and ruthless, every little thing in Cleopatra’s life, politics, even her romantic encounters, is undeniably alluring. The curator’s conclusion may be true: it seems Cleopatra’s most alluring assets were probably her intelligence, wit and demeanor. These features are the ones that caught the eyes of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony.
She was not only a brilliant linguist. Cleopatra developed a keen interest in cosmetics and had written a book of her cosmetic. Here are a few of her beauty secrets:
- Milk Bath: Cleopatra’s secret for soft and glowing skin was a mix of milk of a young donkey with fresh honey and almond oil.
- Dead Sea Salt Body and Face Scrub: Cleopatra used sea salt scrub as a natural scrub to exfoliate her body and face. It removed dead skin cells and made her skin shiny, smooth and soft.
- Honey and Dead Sea mud Face Mask: Raw honey has antibacterial properties and antioxidants. Combined with Dead Sea mud, it prevents and treats skin conditions and slows down skin aging.