Mud baths go back to ancient Egypt. Royalty enjoyed them as a way to stay beautiful and vibrant. It involves using products created by Mother Nature herself.
One of the most popular places to find a mud bath treatment is in California - Calistoga to be exact. The mud used there is a mix of volcanic ash and natural mineral spring water. The area is awash with deposits of volcanic ash and hot springs. Mixing these two together results in the rich dark pool that many love to soak in. Some also add peat moss to the mixture to buoy you up while you sit in your mud bath.
The health benefits that users swear by are not scientifically proven, but you know what you feel. The mud treatment is said to help clear clogged pores. Toxins are removed from the body as well. Those who suffer from pain in their muscles and joints have found relief through mud baths.
If you ever go for a mud bath, here is what will likely happen. The pool is in the floor and built for one at a time. Someone will help you lower yourself into the super-warm concoction. The mud is heated to about 100 degrees. It may feel funny at first until you get settled in.
You are immersed up to your neck. Don’t worry about heading for the bottom. The peat helps give you a feeling of being suspended in the mud instead of sinking in quicksand. You will sweat a lot from the temperature of the mud but that is one way to remove toxins.
When your soothing experience is done, you are given cool clothes to help your body’s temperature come down naturally. You will also drink cool water to replenish the fluids lost.
The mud bath is not for everyone, though. If you are pregnant or even claustrophobic, the experience may not be compatible with you. Especially in Calistoga, the mineral water has lots of sulfur in it and that smells like stinky rotten eggs.