A Balinese Boreh is a century-old healing recipe of herbs and exotic spices traditionally used as a « body revival » in the form of a mask and scrub.
“Bo” in Balinese means “ready”, and “reh” means « blood », so Boreh literally brings your body to life.
In the past, rice farmers returned from their fields after a day’s work standing in the water tending their crops. In their kitchens they took a mortar and pestle and hand-crushed local ingredients such as cloves, ginger, galangal, cinnamon, coriander seeds, turmeric root and nutmeg, among others. They combined them with rice flour and water to make a thick aromatic paste, and then smoothed it over their bodies.
This aromatic body mask kept them warm at night, warding off chills and colds and providing relief to sore muscles and joints. When the first sunrays came up they took their morning bath in the river and vigorously rubbed the mask away kick-starting their circulation.
This ritual prepared them for a new day, while also protecting them from insect bites back in the paddy fields.
This culture of herbal medicine has been passed down through the ages, Balinese healers stil treating bruises and sprains this way.
Today the ancient Boreh pastes are used in modern spas and massage places for one’s skin beauty and glowing health.
Learn the art of BOREH
350 K P/P
All ingredients and mortar/pestle: included
Duration: Consider one hour
At our home in SAYAN UBUD OR
at your guest house / Villa: We need table, chair, mortar/pestle, water tap.