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Article: The Secret’s in the Mud

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The Secret’s in the Mud

Secrets in the mud!  Calistoga Mud Baths by Alise Body Care

Why Mud?
Mud baths are a detox therapy, which has become extremely popular around the globe. Many European practitioners promote mud baths as a treatment for arthritis. When enjoyed in a bath, the mud charges the water negatively which draws out the positively charged toxins in the body via your skin.   In addition, mud helps to relax muscles, soothe aches, improve blood circulation and smooths the skin. With today’s emerging trends, mud baths are often recommended to help reduce stress and leave you feeling rejuvenated. With our Calistoga Mud Baths, Rocky Mountain Mud Bath and Calming Seaweed Bath – you can experience this in your own tub!  (Note:  these baths are not thick and are completely safe for your plumbing)

Skin and Detoxification
Conscious detoxing is a great way to achieve optimum health. One of the best ways to detox is through your largest organ, your skin. Detoxification is one of the most effective methods to eliminate toxic substances that build up throughout our system. The toxins present in the environment constantly attack the body. These toxins get accumulated in the body’s fat layers. Accumulation of toxins in the body cause harm to the biological processes. Hence, it becomes essential to remove the toxins regularly from the body otherwise; a high toxin load may cause skin problems, frequent or recurring colds, chronic pains, low energy levels, allergies and other illness. The skin is the largest breathing human organ. Keeping the skin healthy promotes general health and well being. Taking a hot bath or sauna promotes sweating that flushes the toxins away from the body. Mud baths draw out the toxins and impurities from the body, exfoliating and nourishing the skin.  Mud masks applied to the skin and allowed to draw, will also draw out toxins from the skin.  Additionally, mud masks will tone and tighten the skin, add vital minerals to help PH balance the skin and will help to improve circulation.  Our Calistoga Mud Mask is used by many spas and is easy to use at home.  (for more information on Mud Masks, see our blog: Benefits of Facial Mud Masks)

More on the Secrets of Mud and Clay…
Mud is an element of the earth that is said to possess therapeutic properties. It is made of a combination of soil, silt, clay and water. It is rich in vitamins, minerals and plant substance. Scholars believe that it was the Romans who discovered the therapy of Mud baths as early as 120 B.C. Today we know that Mud, helps to draw out excess heat and cool the body. Its property of water solubility allows the skin to absorb nourishing nutrients when applied. One of the additional benefits with Mud is that, due to its nature, other ingredients can be added to the mixture to further boost treatment results. Clay like mud comes from the earth. However, due to its composition nature, it has a tendency to soak up or dry, hence it is used in cosmetic products as a drying agent. It is a component found in many cosmetic products like foundation and powders. Clay has the ability to remove matter suspended in liquid, as its natural property is oil balancing. Thus, clay helps to assist the body in the systemic removal of many industrial chemicals that the body would otherwise have difficulty eliminating.

Types of Mud Across the World
Mud is used as a healing agent for cracks, bites, burns and other skin afflictions. Pure mud helps to de-toxify, re-mineralize and is anti-inflammatory. Every region on earth, according to its geographic and climatic conditions produces Mud that is unique in its mineral and biological content. Depending upon the region, where the Mud is obtained it may contain high concentrations of Iron, Manganese, Zinc Copper or Selenium. This can be used to treat various ailments, when used in a variety of combination.

About Volcanic Fango Mud Baths – Calistoga (California)
Mud baths have been a tradition in Calistoga since the time of Maya camas Indians. Calistoga was formed after a series of volcanic eruptions 2-6 million years ago. It is blessed with geothermal waters rich in magnesium and calcium that burst gently upon the earth into steaming pools and rivers. Calistoga is found at the foot of Mt. St. Helena and at the top of the Napa Valley. The combination of mineral water from local springs and the volcanic ash from Mt. St. Helena make up the key components of the Calistoga Mud. The combination of clay, peat and hot mineral waters in the mud bath relaxes muscles and joints, cleanses impurities and leaves the skin soft and renewed. The mud treatment detoxifies, soothes aching muscles, reduces stress and induces relaxation. In the 1930’s and 40’s people suffering from arthritis came to Calistoga spas to take a mud bath every day to get healed. These days, people come to these spas to relieve stress and experience peace and relaxation.

Written by:  The Mud Chix at Not The Same LLC dba Alise Body Care, Originally created in Calistoga CA and now at home in Canon City CO.

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