Yunohana Powder : The Natural Bath Salts with Hot Spring Components

As you know, Japanese people take a hot bath almost every day for relieving routine fatigue. Accordingly, there are a wide variety of bath salts that help ease stress and fatigue in Japan.

Nowadays, it is relatively easy to obtain many of those Japanese bath salts outside of Japan thanks to online shopping sites, such as Amazon com.

When it comes to the type, as I wrote about it before, there are roughly 3 types of Japanese bath salts. Among them, have you ever heard of natural bath salts with hot spring components that are used for bathing at home?

Yunohana (湯の花)


Do you know what the Japanese term “Yunohana (湯の花)” means? If you like “Onsen (温泉)” Japanese hot springs, you may know its meaning.

Actually, Yonohana is the mineral incrustation left by the hot spring, in other words, it is hot-spring’s mineral deposit.

As seen in the photo above, the whitish deposit accumulated on the bottom of the hot spring is Yunohana.

Japanese people compare the white things to flowers, so the word Yunohana includes the Japanese word meaning “flower”, “hana (花)”.

Yubatake (湯畑)


Image : Wikipedia

The mineral deposit, Yunohana is collected in its accumulating field called “Yubatake (湯畑)” and sold as natural bath salts. The powder contains lots of hot spring components and is used for bathing at home.

Yunohana powder can be collected if there is just one hot spring. Since it is said that there are approximately 3000 hot springs in Japan, various types of Yunohana powder exist.

Standard Yunohana Powder

Among those, there is an especially popular Yunohana powder product, which is being sold in hot spring facilities around the country.

Yunohana Powder – Natural Bath Salts

That is the above item, which is known as a standard Yunohana powder in Japan. As a matter of fact, it is no exaggeration to say that the product is the natural bath salts most familiar to us Japanese.

How to Use Yunohana Powder

The way to use the Yunohana powder is the same as general Japanese bath salts. Just add 1 tablespoon (15 to 20g) of the Yunohana powder to a bathtub of hot water (approximately 180 to 200L).

When you add the natural bath salts, the water color turns milky-white. Besides, the milky-white water with hot spring components is a little slimy, but that makes you feel as if you were in real hot spring water.

Health Benefits of Yunohana Powder

You will become warm from the inside of the body if you only soak in the hot water with Yunohana powder for several minutes. What is better, the water containing hot spring components has the effect of beautifying your skin, and anyone from adults to kids can safely bathe.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. I want to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures and trivia.

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