Sapa is not only famous for the colorful mountains, terraced rise fields, passes up and down, but also well – know by The Herbal bath of the Red Dao Ethnic.
The local people here, every day they go into the forest and cut the herbal plants to use for bath because according to their experience, these plants can treat many illness.
They will boil these dried plants and bark in a water filled giant wok, over a charcoal fire, of course will take several hours to prepare. After several hours of brewing, the water is transferred to a wooden barrel tub. Taking this herbal baths, having just entered the bathroom, you will immediately caught a whiff of fragrant herds, enjoy the beautiful smell of these natural medicines. You can relax and soak your bones in traditional bath and wash away your aches, pains, worries and woes all at once in the privacy of our bathhouse.
According to local people here, for this herbal bath in Sapa, each herb remedy for bathing includes approximately 120 kinds of herbs, plants and bark used for the baths. But of that total there are 39 which are popular and about 10 which are indispensible. The herbs are boiled for 3-4 hours in 30-37oC to extract the essence, and then mixed in water to serve tourists.
Weak people should soak their body in the bathtub for 20-25 minutes and 30-35 minutes for healthy ones. After the bath, massage and point acupuncture can help people recover health. The fragrance of herbs will be on the body for up to three days later.
According to the wisdom of the Red Dao people, an herbal spa is especially helpful for physical and mental fatigue, as it relaxes your body and renews your energy by enhancing overall circulation, soothing your daily tensions. For women, the herbal bath promotes skin beauty by opening pores, removing dead skin and impurities, and leaving the skin soft, clean, and silky smooth. The bath also relieves some chronic illnesses including rheumatism and joint pain.
If you have a chance to visit Ta Phin, consider giving these amazing baths a try. It’s relaxing indeed!