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8 of the strangest spa treatments

May 1, 2012, 6:17 p.m.
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A hay bath to remember

The next time anyone asks for a roll in the hay, you should remember that it's considered a therapeutic spa treatment in several inns in South Tyrol, an autonomous province in northern Italy. In a hay bath, the body is wrapped in soaked hay, which is cut early in the morning or in the evening. According to one source, this is "when the grass still contains all the ethereal oils, the grass is cut and dried afterward. However, the hay also contains different plants like lady's mantle, mountain arnica, gentian and thimble among the cut grass." (But according to one reporter, it's also really itchy.)