The poultice you will get at El Grullo Naturista are made of black mud collected from volcanic drains in the municipality of El Grullo, Jalisco. This mud is made up of silica, aluminum, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium, calcium, copper, volcanic ash, feldspar, and quartz, and it comes from the area’s semi-deep mantles. They are carried from that point with extreme caution to avoid contamination.
Since ancient times, mud has been used as a therapeutic element. Egyptian doctors, like the Greeks and Romans, used it to treat inflammations 2,500 years ago. German doctors prescribed it orally in cases of dysentery and typhoid fever during World War I.
- Among the benefits of black mud, we find that it is:
Healing and regenerating
- Purifying, decongestant, and detoxifying
- Antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiseptic and disinfectant
In this therapy, your therapist sets two mud poultices, one on the abdomen and one on the lower back. Poultices are based on kite paper, which holds the mud while it is on your body
Once they have set the poultices, the therapist will wrap a band in order to keep them in place. This is important, as you must have the cataplasms on for three hours, so they need to be well tied to allow you to move.
After three hours, it is time to remove them. It is best to do so on the grass area, as the mud gets brittle when dry and it starts falling when you loosen the band; if it falls on grass, it works as fertilizer and is useful all the way.