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Moor mud is an organic peat substance formed by the decomposition of a variety of plants over a very long period of time. Extracted from the moorlands of Central Europe, it is a black paste that dissolves easily in water and has a high concentration of amino acids, minerals, plant hormones and vitamins. This mud has been valued for its beautifying and therapeutic properties from ancient times to the present day. It was used by the Romans and the Egyptians; Queen Cleopatra apparently took regular mud dips when she wasn't bathing in milk. In modern times, people can avail themselves of this mud in spas and health centers, or purchase it for home use from health stores and online health therapy sites.
The unique healing properties of this mud have been used to treat a variety of human and animal ailments. The mud has been found to relieve suffering associated with arthritis and rheumatism, soothe muscle aches and reduce joint swellings, and stimulate the immune system. Being an antibiotic and astringent, the mud has a cleansing effect on skin and is used in skin care as a facial or an entire body pack. Moor mud treatment improves circulation, staves off wrinkles and gives the skin a healthy glow. It is often used to treat skin problems like acne, eczema and psoriasis.
The mud is applied in an even layer to the face or the entire body, left on for about half an hour, and then washed off with only warm water. People can also take a moor mud bath by dissolving the mud in a bathtub of warm water. Moor mud benefits people with fatigue or insomnia issues, as it can help them relax and sleep better. A moor mud wrap can soften dry hair and give it a shine.
People also drink the mud. Many health stores sell organic mud drinks that can be taken with water or with fruit juice. When taken internally, the mud is thought to cleanse the gut, aid in weight reduction and provide the body with vitamins.
It is best to use the mud in its natural form, without any preservatives. It loses its therapeutic value if heated or dried. When used as a skin cleanser in dust form, the mud can be problematic as it can lodge in the skin and block skin pores. The health companies dispensing moor mud usually pack it in special plastic containers that help to keep it fresh and uncontaminated.
I read somewhere that it was Napoleon's soldiers who brought back the information on making mud baths and packs from Egypt and brought this to Europe and from there to the rest of the world.
I guess back then it was mostly used for therapeutic purposes, because I think it is kind of hilarious to imagine soldiers learning about this. I can just see them sitting around in a mud bath together, talking about how soft their skin is.
More likely they thought it would cure them of illness and so forth. In some cases, maybe it did. Hot mud probably worked for muscle aches at any rate.
There is nothing more relaxing than having a mud bath. It really makes me feel like an elephant or something, bathing in mud, but it always feels really nice, and makes your skin look divine.
I can't afford to do it very often, so I just leave it for special occasions.
But, of course you can use skin packs with mud to just get a nice glow around your face. I find it more cost effective to buy the ingredients separately and make the packs myself. Especially when I want to put other things in the face pack, like essential oils and so on. It's not hard to mix them together after all, so why pay so much more for a prepacked one?