What is Thai Herbal Steam?

Guest Blog By Morning Glory

Since this month’s theme at Museflower is about giving back to nature, I wanted to talk about how nature gives to us, such as how we harness nature’s healing properties in the spa.

You’ll see Thai Herbal Steam on the Museflower spa menu, and in many spas around Thailand, but do you know what that actually consists of?


Though it is popular in modern spas, this treatment has been used by generations of Thais in Thai folk medicine for centuries. It originally came to Thailand from India about 2,000 years ago through Buddhist missionary monks who brought Indian Ayurvedic healing practices with them.

What makes Thai herbal steam different from regular steam?

A normal steam is so relaxing because heat relaxes tense muscles and opens the pores, which helps the body flush toxins out.

With Thai herbal steam, the benefits are multiplied because on top of this, the healing properties of the medicinal herbs are absorbed into your system and you feel the effects right away, so that you leave the steam feeling refreshed, and invigorated.

It’s the mix of herbs that makes the Thai herbal steam so powerful. Typically the mix includes turmeric, prai (a cousin of the ginger family), lemongrass, kaffir lime, camphor, tamarind leaves, and many others.

Each of these herbs has its own curative properties, and the steam lets it penetrate quickly into the body by opening the pores.

A session in the steam room can improve circulation, relieve tension and headaches, sooth aching muscles, cleanse and rejuvenate the skin, and help you sleep better. In my personal experience, it is also also and amazing cure for headaches and hangovers!

Want to learn more about experiencing the Thai herbal steam room during your stay at Museflower Retreat & Spa, Chiang Rai, Thailand? Find out more here.

About Morning Glory

morning glory flowerMorning Glory lives in Bangkok where she takes care of her family and works as a writer and communications consultant.Her past struggles with stress, chronic fatigue and a spine injury led her on a journey in search of alternative healing, and she has travelled around Thailand, Bali, India and Sri Lanka exploring different types of healing retreats and techniques, and led her to practice yoga and Reiki.

Morning is her favorite time of day, when she wakes up to the sound of birds singing in the garden. This flower always reminds her of her childhood, and Thai sautéed “Red Fire Morning Glory” is one of her favorite vegetarian dishes!

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