Hotel in China puts chillies into its pool to make a 'human hot pot'
Apparently, there are health benefits of enjoying this unusual spa treatment
Have you ever been cooking a hot pot and wondered what it would be like to bathe in your pan's contents? No? Well, this story might not be for you.
Yes, you read that title correctly - A luxury spa/hotel in China has started putting chillies into its thermal pool, in effect creating a 'human hot pot' though they insist that there are health benefits to this unusual bathing method.
"The chillies are like other herbs, which can be absorbed by our bodies" explained the manager of the hotel.
Around 10kg of chillies is used in the spring, along with plastic props. Customers are then encouraged to bathe in the unusual 'soup' to reap the benefits.
However, if spicy food isn't your thing, there's also a second pool, with milk as it's base. This one is further bolstered by white radishes and red dates, as a 'cooling' alternative to the spicy side of the spa.
Naturally, the ethics of this unusual setup have been called into question, with one person writing into the SCMP saying "This [the spa] is a waste of food... shouldn't they be penalised?" Another rightly pointed out that the spicy 'pool' would hurt any open wounds, so it's best to avoid if you have any on your body.
Would you dive into this 'human hot pot' for its apparent health benefits? Let us know below!