What is the first thing that you think of when you hear “mud pack”? I asked approximately 25-30 people this question and the top 4 common answers that I got were “Glowing skin”, “facial”, “dry skin” and “DIY face glow”. My response was similar too when I didn’t know of mud packs other than the face packs we commonly use.
What most of us don’t know, is that mud packs are not just limited to face packs and just to improve skin texture, but can be used differently to cure and get comfort in many other ailments.
Before going into the details of the mud packs, it is essential to know the kind of mud we need to use as well as the initial preparation required. Click here for the details. Below is an excerpt of the same.
Clay or mud for mud therapy cannot be used as is. Some initial preparations are required:
- First place the clay/mud in sunlight till it is completely dry
- It should be pulverized, crushed and pebbles and stones should be sieved out
- Store this in an airtight container
- Before using, water should be added 1/2 to 1 hr prior to using it
- Once used it should not be reused till it is sun dried
For mud packs – Take the required quantity of the above prepared mud and mix it with previously boiled and cooled water. While mixing it, make sure to use a wooden spoon only and not steel or plastic spoons nor the hands as it will draw away the healing power. Mix enough water to make a paste consistency. The mud is now ready for use for the different packs a required.
Below are the different types of mud packs and their benefits
A full abdominal mud pack
- Applying mud on the abdomen soaks the heat and activates the bowel. It is effective in decreasing intestinal heat and stimulates bowel movement hence helping in elimination of stool. When applied to abdomen it helps cure all forms of indigestion and other stomach problems.
- It is extremely beneficial to relieve pain during menstruation cycles.
- If applied over the lower abdomen and pelvic regions, it provides relief in urinary troubles like scanty urine, urine retention as well as burning sensations.
Procedure: Take the above prepared mud and spread it evenly on a muslin cloth of 9”*6” length and breadth. The thickness of the layer of mud should be at least ½ to 1” thick. Now take this muslin cloth and keep it on the abdomen area for at least 15-30 minutes. This muslin cloth is to be covered with a flannel cloth or some warm cloth like a shawl or stole.
Gluteal mud pack
Benefits: A gluteal mud pack is excellent for those suffering from piles, fissures and fistula. It is also helpful to provide relief in conditions of anal itching.
Procedure: Mud is to be prepared into a paste as mentioned above and applied evenly over the buttocks and anal region. Wear the underwear above the pack and generally keep overnight. A gluteal mud pack should be administered under observation of a naturopath.
Head/ forehead mud pack
Benefits: mud packs for the head can be used on the scalp as well as the forehead. If kept over the scalp it helps in improving the texture of hair as well as to keep the head cool. If kept on the forehead it relieves headaches, heaviness of the head, giddiness and insomnia. This can also be used instead of the water strips on the forehead that helps to bring down fever.
Procedure: Similar to the abdominal pack, apply a thick layer of mud paste on a muslin cloth big enough to cover your scalp or forehead depending on the area of application. Keep this for 15-30 minutes for best results.
Neck mud pack
Benefits: A loose bandage or mud pack applied around the throat provides relief from pharyngitis, laryngitis, tonsillitis and sore throat
Eye pack aka eye petha
Benefits: Eye packs are beneficial for inflammation of eyes, improving eyesight, reducing stress and wrinkles and fine lines around the eyes.
Procedure: Size of the eye pack is generally 6”*3”
Mud packs for joint pain
Benefits: Application of mud packs on the joints post hot fomentation provides relief in case of joint and muscle aches.
Benefits: Skin mud packs are mostly used on the face neck and back for cosmetic benefits. It helps to beautify complexion, reduce pores and acne marks, pigmentation rash etc. Also it helps reduce fine lines. Along with the cosmetic benefits it also helps to reduce stress and for relaxation. If used over boils, it helps to kill germs and dry pus. Also it promotes healing if applied on wounds. Using on open wounds should be administered under supervision of a naturopath.
Click here for some DIY face packs and their benefits.
While I had read about mud packs, my initial practical application of the same was only limited to face and skin packs. Recently have started using a forehead pack since I often suffer from headaches especially when there are climate changes. I’ve also got good feedback from someone who has benefitted a lot using eye mud packs and I am soon planning to try the same. Will keep you posted
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