Local fishermen discovered the healing effect of the mud
Fishermen dwelling by the Lake Velencei were known to be tall, sinewy and healthy-looking people. They were not tortured by rheumatism, arthritis and gout, although they were constantly working by and in the water both in summer and winter. Elderly fishermen only passed on the secret of their good health when they saw that someone was suffering from weakness or looked rather thin. They spread the mud of the Lake Velencei on their bodies and let it get dry to prevent illnesses. They passed on the recipe of the mud only to each other for fear that they should run out of it. They only delivered this mud of healing power to noblemen living around the lake for money, which could also make up for a living besides fishing. This healing mud was carried to the Árpád Bath of the nearby town of Székesfehérvár on tank carts in the 1920s and 30s, where it was used both as cold and heated mud pack for healing spa visitors.
Black-winged Stilt in the Lake Velencei
Lake Velencei with ship
Lake Velencei, Hungary
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