Sauna Whisks

Vasta & Vihta. Traditional Sauna Whisks.
The famous vasta/vihta

The famous vasta/vihta

A birch forest in Finland.

A birch forest in Finland.

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 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.

Saunavihta

Saunavihta

Wooden sauna pail + birch whisk used in sauna.  Saunavasta ja -kiulu. Kuva: Jorma Marstio/Kuvaryhmä/SKOY

Wooden sauna pail + birch whisk used in sauna. Saunavasta ja -kiulu. Kuva: Jorma Marstio/Kuvaryhmä/SKOY

"Vihta" in West Finland and "vasta" in East Finland...soaked-first-in-water birch swatches for slapping against your skin to, how do I put it, wake it up. ;-)

"Vihta" in West Finland and "vasta" in East Finland...soaked-first-in-water birch swatches for slapping against your skin to, how do I put it, wake it up. ;-)

Birch trees in the sun in Puijonlaakso.

Birch trees in the sun in Puijonlaakso.

vihta, vasta

vihta, vasta

"Take some time for a good sauna". It is a natural way for your health. Estonia

"Take some time for a good sauna". It is a natural way for your health. Estonia

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