A venik (a bunch of twigs and leaves, tied together) is a true Russian invention! First of all, it is an amazing massager that uses steam and dry leaves to increase blood circulation in the body. Moreover, the essential oils contained in the venik increase metabolism and slow down the aging of skin. Finally, the overall positive effect on a person's well-being is so great, that there is even a popular proverb in Russia, which could loosely be translated as: "When you are in the banya, honey, a venik's better than your money!"
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