With spring comes mud season.  You cannot avoid it.  Your dog gets dirty, your shoes and boots are covered, and your yard looks a mess.  However, not all mud is bad or annoying.  Mud baths/mud therapy have been around for centuries claiming health benefits due to the minerals within the mud that help absorb toxins from your body.  Mud therapy is a key treatment used in naturopathy that can be beneficial to skin, muscles, joints, and the mind.  Some feel mud baths can relieve stress, joint pain, arthritis, and various skin ailments. Other’s feel a mud bath is perfect to help you unwind and relax.

Mud baths contain specific ingredients and minerals that have therapeutic properties.  These could include sulphur, zinc, magnesium, and bromine.  Other ingredients can include mineral water, volcanic ash, organic peat, lake mud, or salt water.  Each combination of ingredients can have different effects. It is important to know what ingredients are in the bath and what effects they have on various ailments.

You can get a mud bath in spas but you can also do it yourself at home.  Depending on what is in the mud, mud therapy can help with:

  • Drawing out impurities in the skin
  • Exfoliating dead skin cells
  • Relaxing sore muscles
  • Improve skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
  • Relieve pain from rheumatoid arthritis.

One of the key benefits of mud therapy is stress relief.  The warm mud relaxes muscles and soothes the mind.  As you reduce stress and calm your nerves, certain skin conditions can improve.

Mud baths are generally not harmful and are safe. However if you have broken skin (cut, sore, or rash) you may be at risk of an infection.  It is important to avoid getting mud in your eye, nose, ears, or mouth.  It is best not to use mud baths if you are pregnant, been drinking alcohol, have skin abrasions or cuts, have high blood pressure, or take certain medications.

When visiting a spa for a mud bath always ask:

  1. How often they change the mud
  2. How many people use the bath at one time
  3. What type of ingredients are in the mud bath

You can have a mud bath at home.  Many products on-line contain various ingredients and additives to aid in select ailments.

Always talk to your doctor before using any kind of mud therapy.