Offbeat Video

By Josh Saunders


Meet the family who regularly bathe in cow dung because they believe it will ward off skin diseases.

Hermant Paliwal, 36, and son Himanshu, 13, smother themselves every Sunday in the smelly brown muck hoping it will prevent everything from boils to pimples.

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The dad from Kavita village, India, started washing with the dung three-years-ago after reading about health benefits online and now can’t get enough.

Cows are considered sacred animals to followers of Hinduism, but for hardware engineer Hermant he especially sees it as a way to honouring the creature, according to video-journalist Amit Rao.

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Amit, 29, from Udaipur in Rajasthan, said: “Hermant discovered on Google about the benefit of bathing with cow dung and that it is the treatment for many skin diseases from boils to pimples and more.

“In India, bathing with cow dung is considered good and people are not surprised

“In Hemant’s family, it is considered normal only because they all love the cow. 

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“Also any children of Hemant also take a bath with the dung.

“No one has said anything about the smell.”