venik for sauna V
enik or Whisk -an essential part of Russian bath. It is a fragrant bundle of leafy birch or oak tree twigs. Venik in Russian bath plays a great role as regards warming up of the body and its massage. It improves blood circulation, intensifies skins capillary activities and metabolism.

Venik leaves release phytoncides - biologically active substance that kills or depresses the growth and development of pathogens. Essential oils released by venik improve metabolism and prevent premature aging of the skin.

Birch venik helps with muscle and joint pains. It perfectly cleans the skin, accelerate healing of wounds and scratches, not to mention that it smells great. Its special virtue is that it widens small bronchi. This helps with removal of phlegm and ventilation of lungs. That's why after such venik it is so easy to breath. Birch leaves have essential oils, tanning substances, vitamins C and A.

It is a great idea to wash one's head with the infusion of venik, since it strengthens hair and destroys dandruff.

Venik has to be properly prepared before use. Immerse it into warm water for a few minutes, then put into plastic bag and leave in a warm place overnight. The next day, right before using it, put it in hot water and cover with a towel for about 30 minutes untill the leaves become soft. Good venik could last you several times, but if it lost a lot of leaves and has a lot of bare ends, it is time to throw it away.

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