The Mud Masks Every Woman Should Try!
You don’t have to go to the spa to pamper your body. Mud therapy offers dozens of benefits, and you can make packs, baths, or masks at home. Check out some ideas…
Get Your Muds Straight
For mud baths, there are generally three different types of mud used. They are all high in mineral content, and each comes from different parts of the world.
1) Moor mud is the kind often used at spas. This mud is taken from the bottom of ancient lakes. Much of it is found in the moorlands of Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. Besides minerals, this mud contains decomposed herbs and flowers.
2) Reduce Wrinkles: Mud from natural hot springs. There is also mud from geysers that contain volcanic ash.
3) Mud from sea beds. The most popular is the Dead Sea mud.
For mud packs or facials, you can use any of the bathing muds or clay, or there’s:
4)-volcanic ash sediment (fuller’s earth and bentonite.) This is often used for acne or oily skin.
5)-green clay (kaolin and Rhassoul), or Moroccan clay.
One successful recognized form of therapy is reclining in a mud bath. Once you get beyond the initial bizarre sensation, your body truly relaxes. The heat from the mud and water relieves aches and pains. Many arthritis sufferers have found some respite from pain using mud therapy.
The mud and its minerals have anti-inflammatory properties. Circulation improves as well. It also helps draw out toxins from your body through your skin. Mud is a natural exfoliant.
To make your own mud bath, run hot water in the tub. Add in your mud and mix thoroughly. Some add a couple of drops of their favorite essential oil. Others mix in a little honey. Another option is to add a bit of milk powder to lend a soothing effect. Once prepared to your liking, soak for about 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water when finished.
Note: Mud will clog your drain, so use a screen or sifter before letting the water out.
Another note: Don’t soak in mud if you have any open cuts or sores. Because heat is an element of the soak, if you have heart disease or high blood pressure, check with your doctor first.
You can use the mud as an anti-inflammatory on specific parts of the body. Packs are suggested for those with arthritis, especially to manage pain in the knees and hands.
Mix 1 cup of mud with enough warm water or green tea to make a thick paste. Add a drop of essential oil or honey. Smooth the mud over the sore area, and then cover with a warm, wet towel. Let the mud soak in for 20 minutes, and then rinse with warm water.
For facials, simply apply the mud and let it dry for 20-30 minutes. Rinse with warm water and then apply a conditioning lotion. For other tips on pampering you can do for yourself to feel and look better, check out Thrive.