Sometimes people make a vasta (or vihta); they tie together small fresh birch branches (with leaves on) and swat themselves and their fellow sauna bathers with it. Vihtas can even be bought from a shop and stored into a freezer for later (winter) use. Using a vasta improves blood circulation, and its birch odour is considered pleasing.

Sometimes people make a vasta (or vihta); they tie together small fresh birch…

PÄRE sauna pillow and seat cover. Design Reeta Ek. Made in Finland by Lapuan Kankurit.

PÄRE sauna pillow and seat cover. Made in Finland by Lapuan Kankurit.

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