If you are a banya fan, you already know that the parenie ritual is a unique steam massage carried out using a venik or bunch of leaves.

But did you know that we use a range of different veniks and that each has different qualities and is used for a different purpose?  There are veniks for the massage, veniks to cover and cool your head and face and veniks that hang in the banya for their aromatic properties.  

Birch venik

Birch leaves have been used for centuries in traditional medicine for their therapeutic and antibacterial properties. Birch leaves help to exfoliate and flush toxins from the body, have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects on the body, and can help to reduce muscle pain and soreness.

Oak venik

Oak leaves also have anti-inflammatory qualities and are useful if you are struggling with physical or mental stress. The aroma of oak can help calm the nervous system and the larger leaves release essential oils and tannins when used to massage the body. Oak leaves are recommended for oily skin. Parenie with oak can help with headaches and insomnia.

Eucalyptus venik

Eucalyptus is used to cover and cool the face. It has disinfecting and healing properties and is widely used in aromatherapy for its refreshing and invigorating scent. The aroma clears the sinuses and promotes feelings of relaxation and well-being. In addition to the benefits to the respiratory system, the eucalyptus venik is effective for combating skin complaints as well as treating sprains and muscle inflammation.

Fir venik

Fir trees are known for their evergreen leaves and their distinctive, piney scent. The aroma of fir is used in aromatherapy to help promote feelings of clarity and relaxation. The scent of fir leaves can help relieve the symptoms of colds and respiratory problems.

Mint venik

Mint is often hung in the banya to infuse the air with its refreshing aroma. Mint can be used to help relax the muscles in the digestive tract to relieve stomach pain and promote healthy digestion.

Wormwood / absinth / green ginger venik

Known by various names this herb has a potent aroma and has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years.  It is also used as an ingredient in certain drinks. In the banya it can help boost your immune system and ease respiratory problems.

Clover venik

Sweet clover belongs to the legume family and is often used in traditional medicine. It is harvested in summer when its white or yellow flowers are in bloom and then dried. Sometimes referred to as honey clover, it has a sweet and intoxicating smell that has a sedative effect and can help improve the quality of your sleep.  

Come to The Bath House to experience them all.