In December of 2009, our founder Larry Hansen was reading a magazine article about a company in Jerusalem that mined salt and mud from the Dead Sea. He was intrigued with what they had done and the amount of product they sold around the world, with 85% being sold in America. He wondered who was doing this with our own Dead Sea of America, The Great Salt Lake. He looked into this and did research on the Great Salt Lake, what he found amazed him. Not only did we have an incredible source of trace minerals and elements in the GSL, but there really was no company that was set up to offer the product to the consumer. After locating existing companies that were on the Lake with the mineral rights from the State of Utah, the idea behind Ojaván was born.
The Lake has a great history with it. The Native Americans were the ones who discovered it, lived by it and used it to help with their health and daily lives. They would carry the wounded from battles, the aged, and the sick to the Lake to bathe in its curative waters. They had great reverence towards the Lake and believed it to be holy. We wanted to maintain this thought and the reverence towards the Lake. The Company name Ojaván, is simply, Navajo spelled backwards, all of our products have Native American names, and hold true to what the product can do for us. This gives us an opportunity to not only bring a great natural product to the world, but in small ways educate them, help them get a little closer to the history of those that were on this land long before us. Maybe, just maybe, it will help people have a little more respect for our earth, and what it can do for our health and lives.
Packaging of the essential oils for sale just made sense. We have added a few additional oils to round out the basic oils that can be used in the home. We package the oils in 8ml, and 18ml, giving the consumer a little bigger supply than the traditional 5ml and 15ml, which others offer.
We believe that by using our products, you are feeding your skin and can achieve "Beautiful Skin Naturally".
Americas "Dead Sea"
For centuries tales have been told about the Great Salt Lake, America's Dead Sea and its restorative, beneficial and curative properties. This body of water in North America is rich in history and abundant in minerals. Native Americans feel to this day that the Great Salt Lake is sacred and show great respect to its healing properties. Legend tells of the sick and wounded being carried to the shores of the lake, bathing in the water and natural healing occurring.
To this day, people around the world seek healing waters for the renowned beneficial properties. The Dead Sea in Israel has been a common source of curative waters and mud until Ojaván Products discovered the Great Salt Lake in Northern America contains properties similar to the Dead Sea and replicates the benefits.
History of The Great Salt Lake
Located in the northern part of the U.S. state of Utah the Great Salt Lake is the largest salt lake in the western hemisphere and the 37th largest lake on Earth. The lake covers an area of around 1,700 square miles (4,400 km2) but fluctuates due to its shallowness and time of year. The Jordan, Weber and Bear rivers, the lake’s three main tributaries, deposit around 1.1 million tons of minerals in the lake every year. The Great Salt Lake is the largest remnant of Lake Bonneville that covered much of western Utah and areas of Nevada and Idaho during prehistoric times. At its peak Lake Bonneville’s surface area was nearly as large as Lake Michigan, 22,400 square miles and considerably deeper.
According to historian Wilford Woodruff’s Journal, the leaders of the pioneer settlers journeyed to the south shores of the inland lake on July 27th 1847. They bathed in the lake and were thrilled to find that they did not sink, “No person could sink in it, but would roll and float on the surface like a dry log. We concluded that the Salt Lake was one of the wonders of the world.” They decided then to name their city “City of the Great Salt Lake.” This was later changed to Salt Lake City.
The salt concentration of the Great Salt Lake is variable and depends on the lake’s level. It ranges from 5% to 27% (or 50-270 ppt). The salt concentration of the Dead Sea fluctuates around 30.4% and the average salinity of the world ocean is 3.5% (35ppt). The mineral concentration in the northern area of the Great Salt Lake is the greatest. The high salinity of the Great Salt Lake and the Dead Sea results in a nominal density of approximately 1.24 kg/L and anyone can easily float in these waters due to the natural buoyancy.
The Great Salt Lake’s waters are enriched in potassium and the color of the lake varies due to salinity differences. A phytoplankton community dominated by blue-green algae tint the water a greenish color where in other parts of the lake Dunaliella Salina, a species of algae, releases beta-carotene and haloarchaea which together give the water an red or purple color. Over 250 million years old the Great Salt Lake, America’s Dead Sea, is a renewable source and its healing elements will never run out.
Health Benefits of Trace Minerals
“You can trace every sickness, every disease, every aliment to mineral deficiency” Two-time Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling
Ojaván Products chose the Great Salt Lake as its source for mud, salt & heavy mineral water because it contains some of the world’s best and highest mineral content. Ojaván Products help replenish the body with the needed trace minerals & elements. All of our natural skincare products contain the trace minerals and elements needed to maintain healthy skin. The following information helps explain what trace minerals are and how they help feed your skin... Read More