Ahhh, the healing power of water. For me it’s watching the gentle movement of the broad lake beyond my door, or the relentless dance of crashing ocean waves. Rain seems to wash our tensions away and a cool drink of water offered is a universal sign of concern for others. Soaking in a bath tub is a treat we all seem to have little time for now.
Throughout history, water’s healing power has always included that which comes from deep springs-- springs that often carry mineral rich water and have long been considered a health tonic.
Bath, England might be the most well known locations of "healing" spring water –in the form of both drinking and warm bathing waters.
I live near the town of Clifton Springs, a Victorian health resort that still celebrates its history and the odor of sulphur springs flowing through town. My doctor(s) offices are there! In the 1800s, fifty or so towns in NY State alone boasted of natural springs containing magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron and sulfur. Surprised? me too. But the NY Times said so. Must be true.
|historical post card of Clifton Springs NY - from http://www.cliftonspringschamber.com/html/photos.html|
Without any kind of evidence, people paid for the opportunity to bathe in or drink special spring waters expecting them to help or heal a medical condition, or promote health.
And what of taste?
I can tell you that sulphur water does not taste or smell good! But when I was growing up on well water, we chlorinated that water for multiple reasons. Not sure that was any healthier...
|the Roman Baths - at Bath, England|
Bath, England’s waters are said to have the same taste of sulphur. But the draw was the warmth. Over 2000 years of history there and today you can visit the ancient Roman baths too look around. After facilities have changed over the years, if you long to participate there is now one ‘new’ Spa in which to enjoy a soak. During the Regency era, Bath was one of England’s largest cities by population and boasted cultural distractions besides the ‘taking of the waters’.
The chalybeate (ka le be at) waters leaking out of many sites worldwide, including Schooley’s Mountain in Mistletoe Memories (visit during this week to find out more about this multi-inkwell author release!) are heavy with iron. I wish I could find a source who would explain the taste other than "like iron" or "unique". Does that mean 'old pipes flavor'?
Have you a local springfed source of water? Is it simply fresh and sweet or is it heavy with the taste of multiple minerals? Have you visited any natural springs elsewhere in the world?
A continual source of warm water sounds like heaven to me, if it wasn’t for the odor!