In South Tyrol, an autonomous province in Northern Italy, paying for a roll in the hay is not uncommon. In fact, it’s a spa service.
The practice was discovered by farmers who would sleep in the hay after a hard day’s labor and awake feeling refreshed and energized, according to‘Time.’
Hotel Heubad, one of several hotels in South Tyrol to offer the hay bath treatment, asserts that the Dolomite hay used for the treatment contains special herbs such as Ladies’ mantle, mountain arnica, thyme, or cinquefoil, as well as essential oils that are therapeutic, improving blood circulation. The grass is soaked and heated, then wrapped around the “bather” for approximately 20 minutes. Hotel Heubad reccomends a series of sessions to fully feel the benefits.
Where to find it:
Hay bathing is relatively specific to South Tyrol, but is also offered at the Sunstar Hotel in Sass-Fee, Switzerland. Maybe consider the Dolomites as your next vacation destination?