Down to earth

Dis­cover the beauty ben­e­fits of mud ther­apy

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Earthy (quite lit­er­ally) and a pow­er­house of min­er­als, mud is a ther­a­peu­tic beauty aid. Its ben­e­fits have been raved about for cen­turies. In the 18th cen­tury, Europe saw the use of mud packs to treat chronic dis­eases. Natur­opa­thy, which ad­vo­cates al­ter­na­tive medicine, is all praise for the cu­ra­tive ben­e­fits of mud. The most com­monly used form of mud ther­apy is the fa­cial pack, but body wraps and baths are also gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity for heal­ing and re­ju­ve­na­tion.

How is the mud pro­cured?

At the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Natur­opa­thy (NIN), mud packs are made from mud that is nat­u­rally-sourced from seven feet be­neath sur­face of un­in­hab­ited land. The in­sti­tute gets the mud from forests and it is used to treat con­sti­pa­tion, lum­bago, ab­dom­i­nal cramps, chronic pains, in­fluenza, rheuma­tism, gout, liver and kid­ney ail­ments. The size of the pack de­pends on the width and cir­cum­fer­ence of the body part to be treated. “For mak­ing the pack, the mud is mixed with wa­ter and the paste is then put on a thin cot­ton cloth. This cloth is placed on the spe­cific body area,” adds Dr. Yu­vraj Paul, Natur­opa­thy Physi­cian at NIN. Once mud ther­apy is com­pleted, the skin be­comes dry. It is a nat­u­ral phe­nom­e­non. As it is the re­ac­tion phase, an hour’s

gap is rec­om­mended be­fore the ap­pli­ca­tion of any mois­turiser. How­ever, it is ideal to leave the skin as it is for its nor­mal se­cre­tions to start.

Where can you reap its ben­e­fits?

At the Hy­att Spa of Hy­att Pune, mud ther­apy is com­bined with a re­ju­ve­nat­ing mas­sage to make the ex­pe­ri­ence re­fresh­ing and re­lax­ing. The mud used is sourced from NIN. “This mud is then sieved to re­move im­pu­ri­ties like gravel, stones and grass par­ti­cles. Once this is done, the mud au­to­mat­i­cally set­tles in its pow­dered form and is stored in air­tight con­tain­ers to re­tain its heal­ing prop­er­ties,” says Shul Amb­wani, Di­rec­tor of Rooms, Hy­att Pune.

Nor­mally in mud ther­apy, the mud is not ap­plied on the palms and soles as the skin struc­ture is dif­fer­ent and the mud is not well ab­sorbed there.

For 70 min­utes of mud ther­apy, about 700 grams of the mud is mixed with wa­ter and rose wa­ter for an added aroma. This mix­ture is heated be­fore ap­pli­ca­tion to erad­i­cate the mud’s cool­ing ef­fect. It is ad­vis­able to go in for a mud wrap af­ter mud ap­pli­ca­tion so that the body sweats and flushes out tox­ins. The wrap is fol­lowed by steam, which helps the mud to pen­e­trate into the pores. Af­ter in­dulging in the ther­apy, it is rec­om­mended to sip herbal tea to main­tain the ac­cu­rate level of me­tab­o­lism, to pre­vent dizzi­ness and to up your en­ergy lev­els. Also, tak­ing light meals and not do­ing heavy phys­i­cal work is sug­gested so that the body can heal it­self af­ter the ther­apy.

Beauty ben­e­fits

The beauty ben­e­fits of mud ther­apy are im­mense. It has a cleans­ing, re­fresh­ing and vi­tal­is­ing ef­fect, helps to pull out tox­ins, re­moves dead skin and ac­cu­mu­lated stress. It is an ex­fo­li­at­ing agent that re­fines skin tex­ture, im­proves skin ap­pear­ance by ac­ti­vat­ing blood cir­cu­la­tion, re­laxes skin pores, and re­duces skin hy­per­sen­si­tiv­ity. It also helps in the treat­ment of acne as its an­tibac­te­rial ef­fect de­stroys bac­te­ria on the skin sur­face. “Black mud is ther­a­peu­tic. It con­tains more than 20 kinds of salts and min­er­als in­clud­ing mag­ne­sium, cal­cium, potas­sium bro­mide, sil­i­cates and or­ganic el­e­ments. While these ben­e­fi­cial min­er­als are use­ful for heal­ing skin dis­or­ders, sil­i­cates help to soften and cleanse the skin,” ex­plains Mr. Amb­wani. Mud also re­laxes mus­cles and main­tains me­tab­o­lism, thereby aid­ing di­ges­tion. It re­lieves pain caused due to in­flam­ma­tion/swelling and stiff joints. So go ahead, get earthy and heal your­self.

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