The Ninja Liked Baths

The Japanese are said to love baths and hot springs, and the ninja too used to bathe frequently. For the ninja, however, this was not simply for pleasure but was an essential part of their activities, as they had to be able to know their enemies by their smell and also hide their own smells. Sweet-flag baths also served as a way of cleansing and purging the body.

Herbal Baths

Aromatic herbs remove body odors and everyday smells, and also have the effect of improving the circulation, relieving fatigue and healing wounds. Given their profound knowledge of medicinal herbs, the ninja must have put them to extremely effective use.

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