The Best Thing For Your Soars is to Have an Azarbaijani Crude Oil Bath!

Ever since Soviet times, people have been flocking to the small Azerbaijani town of Naftalan to immerse themselves in local crude oil. Azerbaijan's "black gold", is reputed for its therapeutic effect, despite some specialists warning that the method can be dangerous. 

Many people travel to the city of Naftalan in the hope that crude oil baths at a local sanatorium will cure them from a few painful medical conditions.

Petroleum spas in Azerbaijan’s Naftalan is using the famous oil that gave its name to the town.

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A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition.  Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition.  Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition.  Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Qarabag luxury resort in Naftalan, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition.  Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Qarabag luxury resort in Naftalan, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Qarabag luxury resort in Naftalan, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition.  Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Qarabag luxury resort in Naftalan, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Naftalan crude oil flows from a tap to fill a bathtub during a treatment session at Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition.  Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

Naftalan crude oil flows from a tap to fill a bathtub during a treatment session at Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition.  Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

A man stands in a corridor at the Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition.  Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

A man stands in a corridor at the Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

A monument at the entrance of the city of Naftalan is pictured on March 21, 2019, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition.  Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

A monument at the entrance of the city of Naftalan is pictured on March 21, 2019, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP

A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition.  Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition.  Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition.  Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Qarabag luxury resort in Naftalan, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition.  Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Qarabag luxury resort in Naftalan, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Qarabag luxury resort in Naftalan, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition.  Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Qarabag luxury resort in Naftalan, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
Naftalan crude oil flows from a tap to fill a bathtub during a treatment session at Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition.  Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
Naftalan crude oil flows from a tap to fill a bathtub during a treatment session at Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition.  Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
A man bathes in a tub filled with Naftalan crude oil during a treatment session at Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
A man stands in a corridor at the Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition.  Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
A man stands in a corridor at the Sehirli Naftalan Health Center, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku, on March 21, 2019. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
A monument at the entrance of the city of Naftalan is pictured on March 21, 2019, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition.  Mladen ANTONOV / AFP
A monument at the entrance of the city of Naftalan is pictured on March 21, 2019, some 300 kilometres (186 miles) from capital Baku. Immersed up to her neck in crude oil, a Russian woman suffering from joint disease smiles in delight, confident that the treatment at a spa in northwestern Azerbaijan will cure her painful condition. Mladen ANTONOV / AFP