Learning And Experiencing The Herbal Bath Of The Red Dao People

Ta Phin commune, Sa Pa, is one of the famous community tourist attractions with natural beauty and unique culture. Especially, this place is also famous for the unique herbal bath products of the Red Dao people, with rare herbal plants growing on the high mountains.

The Red Dao people live in high mountain areas, close to nature, where vegetation is abundant.

Life is associated with mountains and forests, so they have a lot of knowledge about medicinal plants in the forest and experience in using them in daily life.

When tourism develops, the herbal bath of the Red Dao people becomes the most unique tourism product here.

The Red Dao woman goes to the high mountains to pick medicinal leaves

Coming to Sa Pa, you will see many advertising signs with the words: “Dao Do” herbal bath, foot massage with herbal bath,….

For the perfect experience of herbal bath, go to Ta Phin, located about 12km from the town center.

Red Dao woman directly produces bath medicine

From the head of the village, visitors were impressed with the terraced fields, the traditional wooden houses, the women sitting and embroidering brocade…

For the purpose of learning about the Red Dao people’s herbal bath, we had talked with many women and some households who selling herbal bath products of the Red Dao people here.

One of the precious medicines used as herbal bath

And we know, it’s been a long time since the Red Dao people have passed from generation to generation (only passed on to women) a remedy from herbs to cure diseases and take care of their health.

Most Dao people have the habit of taking a herbal bath with hot water all year round.

Only the woman can be passed on the remedy

The Red Dao herbal bath has the following main uses: Help women quickly recover their health after giving birth, quickly regain their shape, prevent postpartum diseases;

Skin-nourishing effect, making skin firm, pink and smooth; Enhance blood circulation, help the body to relax, sleep deeply;

Relieve musculoskeletal pain, sciatica; Reduces and removes unpleasant odors on the skin.

Tourists experience Red Dao herbal bath

The Red Dao herbal bath should be used for: Postpartum women;

People with joint pain, numbness in the limbs, excessive sweating of the limbs, sweaty feet;

People working in a pressured, stressful environment; People with pimples, itchiness.

Notes when using the Red Dao herbal bath: People who are drunk should not use it;

Women who are pregnant or menstruating; If you are taking a bath and feel lifting, wobbly, sleepy, etc.,

you should stop bathing and rest for 15-20 minutes, then your body will return to normal.

After many years of being circulated only in the Red Dao community living in the high mountains, the traditional herbal bath remedy of the Red Dao people has now become a precious and strange tourism product.

This is a tourism product with highland identity, adding to the attractiveness of Sapa tourism with tourists from all over the world.

With such great uses of the traditional bath remedies of the Dao people, visitors to Sa Pa or Ta Phin village should experience this tourist product at least once.

Visitors should combine visiting Ta Phin village and taking a bath with medicinal herbs directly at people’s houses and enjoying a peaceful and quiet space.

You can also buy herbal bath products of Sapa Napro company to bring back as gifts or use at home.

                                                                                      Bá Hiến


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