sauna is no newcomer to Thailand.
For many centuries people with just about
any kind of affliction would visit a sauna,
where herbal packs formulated just for their
ailment would be added to a water heater.
The resulting steam would be absorbed
both through the nose and the skin.
The heat also sweated out toxins and
cleansed the pores. As recently as the beginning
of this century, hundreds of these saunas existed
in Thailand, but with the arrival of modern
medicine, most went out of business.
But even today, home-made herbal sauna —
along with a diet regimen packed with herbs
is the post-natal therapy by which Thai women,
especially those living in the countryside,
Herbs also dominated Thai women’s beauty
and skincare regimens. Sour tamarind worked
wonders as a body scrub, for example, while
crushed turmeric would be rubbed onto the skin
to keep it soft and smooth. With the recent
revival in holistic therapies, indigenous herbs
are being rediscovered for their health and
Discover the Thai-style herbal experience
at the following facilities,
or at the spas listed on the next page: