Mud may not be one of the most glamorous forms of treatment in the world, but it is certainly one of the oldest. Mud packs, wraps and masks were used by the ancient Egyptians and Romans for various ailments as well as beauty treatments, and were often given with other spa treatments as part of a cure. Therapeutic mud often comes from areas around mineral springs, and the high mineral content of the mud is regarded as one of the main reasons for its beneficial effects.
A mud cure starts with a whole body pack in hot mud (40-48 °C), followed by intense sweating and finished by a thorough massage.
It is used not only to beautify, but also to cure multitude of ailments from mobility problems, psoriasis, arthritis, and hormonal imbalance to post surgery recovery and muscle recovery in sport medicine. Its actions are thermo-physical, biochemical, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and natural antibiotics. Because peat has chelatic properties (it binds heavy metal isotopes) it is a very strong natural detoxifier. It is also used for beauty treatments, to remedy dry hair, and to reduce cellulite.