Rolling about in that extra-gooey patch behind the dance tent is ill-advised and will have little to no effect on your wellbeing. But the mineral-infused mud, packed with magnesium, sodium, sulphur and volcanic ash? According to the experts, that stuff works wonders.
According to the Associated Skin Care Professionals, the wonderfully-named fangotherapy is, “The use of mud, peat and clay to treat a variety of musculoskeletal and skin conditions.” Sulphur-rich mineral and mud baths, they say, act as a nutritious treat for your skin cells and are useful in the treatment of fungal infections, scabies, psoriasis, eczema and acne.
“One of the most popular types of sulphur-containing therapeutic mud is obtained from the Dead Sea region in Israel,” says the ASCP, “and research supports its use in the treatment of psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis.” Translated: A fairly messy hair treatment might just sort out your dandruff.
Sulfphur, So Good
You’re basically floating when you’re in a mud bath, so there’s no pressure on any part of your body, which can potentially make them good for joint pains. “Sulfur baths have been researched as a means of reducing oxidative stress on the body and decreasing inflammation,” reports the ASCP.
We’ve all seen animal documentaries, and where do our four-legged brethren usually head after a hard day patrolling the swamp? Straight for the brown stuff. It relieves battle scars, settles irritations and generally makes you feel all nice and restored.
Good Clean Fun
Mud is a form of entertainment in its own right: Let’s face it, Tough Mudder wouldn’t be the same without it.