Soothing an relaxing: moor

Admittedly, there are more tempting prospects than immersing your entire body in a dark, slimy mud bath, and the moor itself does sound a bit eerie. But don't worry: if you are recommended a moor mud bath for arthrosis or rheumatism, for example, it is not a creepy bog that awaits you, but a tub filled with mud and bathing peat.

If you are recommended a moor mud bath for arthrosis or rheumatism, for example, it is not a creepy bog that awaits you, but a tub filled with mud and bathing peat. This is the actual natural remedy we are talking about: peat, a centuries-old organic sediment composed of non-fully decomposed plant remains, which is obtained from drained bogs.

Its therapeutic effect is mainly due to its ability to store heat and then gradually release it – baths or even mud packs can reach up to 48 degrees Celsius.

This has both relaxing and stimulating effects on the body: during a bath, the warmth relaxes joints and muscles on the one hand, while stoking circulation on the other. At the same time, the heat helps the organic matter of the bog, the humic substances, penetrate the body. This is thought to help inhibit inflammation, which is beneficial not only to the musculoskeletal system, but also to the liver and kidneys, if these have any problems.

In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the towns of Bad Sülze and Bad Doberan practice traditional moor therapy with peat from the surrounding moors. After the treatment, the peat is returned or renaturated. Wellness treatments with moor mud, uses in the home such as moor mud pillows, or moor mud baths available in pharmacies have a soothing but not necessarily medically therapeutic effect.