The dark colour of mud helps in absorbing different colours of the sun and conveys them into the body, giving it, its therapeutic properties. Secondly, as the mud retains moisture for a long time, when applied over the body it provides a cooling effect. Thirdly, its shape and consistency can be easily changed by adding water, so it is easy to apply.
Mud found in different parts of the world has different properties. Its composition varies with the place of origin. Firstly, a mineral constituent of mud varies with the kind of rocks found in the area and the process of soil formation. Secondly, mud property is influenced by the kind of flora and fauna of the area. Therefore, it is important to learn about the properties of mud before utilizing it.