Differences between the Russian banya and Japanese baths

A visit to the steam room is a traditional ritual that has been a part of different cultures and national customs since time immemorial. It has long been recognised that this type of bathing ritual strengthens the immune system, improves the cardiovascular system, speeds up the metabolism, removes toxins and rejuvenates the skin. In fact, […]

Children and the banya

Children and the banya

Are you wondering whether you can bring your children to the banya? Well, this article offers some tips and recommendations on how to introduce the banya to the younger generation. In fact, there are no strict conditions regarding the age at which children can be brought to the banya. Nevertheless, most paediatricians believe that a […]

“Enjoy your Bath” or “S lyogkim parom”

S lyogkim parom

According to Russian tradition, on every visit to the banya people should say “S lyogkim parom”. The literal translation of this phrase is “with light steam”, but in reality people are telling each other to enjoy their bath session. Since ancient times the Russian bathhouse has been considered the place to cleanse the body and […]

Healing Properties of Aloe Vera

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is widely known as a medicinal and healing plant. According to legend, the ancient Egyptians added its juice to the pharaohs’ drinks as they believed this would lead to immortality. Aloe vera also became popular during the Greco-Roman period as soldiers believed in its healing power and took the plant with them on […]

Chaga mushrooms … the hottest wellness trend

Chaga mushrooms

The chaga fungus mainly grows on the bark of birch trees in cold climates, such as the northern regions of Russia, Canada and Alaska. Chaga has been used for centuries as a traditional medicine to treat diabetes, heart disease and gastrointestinal problems. It also prevents inflammation and cancer, and helps boost overall immunity. Chaga mushrooms […]