The healing mud of Crimea
A small picturesque town of Saki near the Black Sea is not just an ordinary recreational Ukrainian resort. What makes it famous worldwide is the healing mud, found in the nearby Saki Lake. The water in the lake is some of the saltiest in the world and that is what makes the mud, containing a combination of minerals and organic substances unique. The healing qualities of the mud were known to the ancient Greeks and later to the Tatars whose methods of using the mud seemed somewhat barbaric and obscure. Yet during the Soviet regime Saki's sanitoriums was used primarily by high ranking military officials and the wealthy. Today the famous lake and the SPA clinics attract heaps of tourists every summer who believe in miracles that mud can work to cure them.