Have you ever thought about why some animals like wallowing in the mud?
Perhaps, they know the benefits of a mud bath.
When you watch animals wallowing in the mud, you might think that wallowing is their comfort behavior and by wallowing in the mud they are having fun. Well, of course, they are having fun, however, there is more than fun. Animals wallow in the mud for health benefits.
Elephants, warthog, pigs, and buffalo wallow in the mud to lower their body temperature. Mud baths help these animals to regulate their body temperature. For example, pigs do not sweat. When they feel hot, they wallow in the mud. Mud will form a protective layer warding off the heat. Water content in the mud bath helps pigs to lose heat energy. Same goes with buffalo, elephants, and warthog. Rhinos also wallow in the mud to maintain the body temperature. Apart from maintaining the body temperature wallowing in the mud helps rhino to protect their skin from the sun and ward off parasites. Mud also works as a natural UV buffer for animals and by wrapping themselves in mud, they maintain their thermoregulation.
Health Benefits of Mud Baths
Mud baths are also very healthy for human beings. Actually, human beings from various cultures and countries are also wallowing in the mud for thousands of years. Mud bath is basically a body wrap made from hot or cold natural spring water mixed with seaweed and volcanic ash. Mud baths, mud wraps or mud packs are considered highly beneficial in the conditions like arthritis, joint pain, back pain, muscular spasm, muscle cramps, and skin diseases like eczema, psoriasis, Mud baths are also good for body detox because minerals present in the mud helps the skin to release toxins.
Here are some of the benefits of mud baths, mud wraps and mud packs:
- Maintains body temperature
- Releases toxins and cleanses the skin
- Eases burning sensation in soles and palms
- Useful in constipation and diarrhea
- Maintains regularity in menstruation
- Highly beneficial in gastroenteritis
- Useful in piles and stomach ache
- Good treatment for leucoderma, eczema, and psoriasis
- Useful in pimples, spots, patches
- Cleans the skin and improves skin texture
How to Use Mud Bath for Health
The benefit of mud in human health has been widely explored in Ayurveda, the Indian therapeutic system. Ayurveda is based on Hindu principles. According to Hinduism, our world, including human beings, is basically made from five elements: earth, water, air, fire, sky (ether). Earth is the solid matter, water is fluid, the air is breathing, fire is the heat, and the sky is the consciousness. Since the earth is one of the components of human beings, mud works wonderfully in the healing process.
Here are a couple of things you can do with mud
If you are feeling hot, apply mud wraps, just like elephants or rhinos, your body temperature will lower.
You can use mud packs on your hands, feet, stomach, and forehead if you have a high fever.
Apply mud pack in the areas where you are feeling pain or swelling.
Apply mud packs and mud wraps on your stomach to improve your digestive system and ease bowel movement.