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In this Azerbaijani resort you can enjoy a warm bath of oil
07/Jul/2018

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CNN) - What do you do if you have a surplus of non-edible oil? In this small Azerbaijani town, the people are drowning themselves in this kind of oil!

Azerbaijan has been known to extract large stocks of "black gold" since 1847.

But in the town of Naftalan, 320 km west of the city of Baku, a unique oil called Naftalan is also extracted, where people have been drowning themselves since ancient times because of its health benefits.


This is due to the fact that Naftalan oil is so heavy that it is not suitable for commercial use. Currently, this treatment is popular!

At the Kara Bagh Resort and Resort, founded in 1926, all nine hotels are filled with 15,000 guests from around the world each year, seeking to immerse themselves in warm oil basins, which local residents refer to as the "thick blood of the earth."

Naftalan oil is said to be able to relieve more than 70 skin diseases, detailed and bone.

It can also be used as a disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, and even as an anesthetic.

"He has proven effective in treating muscle, bone and skin diseases, as well as urinary tract diseases and gynecological diseases, and he has good results especially for treating rheumatism," said Azar Vagyov, chief medical practitioner at Karra Bagh Resort and Hotel.

There is a common myth that the therapeutic properties of Naftalan oil were first discovered when a convoy of one of its sick beauties left behind and rolled into an oil pond. A few weeks later, the camel was discovered again in full health.

So, what makes this oil so special?

Its effectiveness is often attributed to its high concentration of naphthalene, 50%.

A hydrocarbon substance found in coal tarbones, commonly used to treat skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema.

The average age of patients seeking treatment is 40 years, and children aged six years are also allowed treatment, and patients undergo comprehensive medical examinations before undergoing treatment.

Although no links have been found between the treatment of oil and cancer, the United States and the European Union consider naphthalene a potential carcinogen, in addition to the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the World Health Organization.

In response, the management of the resort confirms that there is no treatment for any damage, noting that there are about a thousand and 500 scientific research on it.

If you are curious about the feeling of putting yourself in warm oil, sit in a basin filled with hot chocolate, where the oil temperature is 39 degrees Celsius.

The oil is recycled after use, because "black gold" is a precious commodity at the end of the day.

About 15,000 people travel to the town of Naftalan in Azerbaijan every year because of the local Naftalan baths, which are known for its therapeutic properties.

Usually, the resort guests stay in the hot tub for ten minutes.