Wild Foraged Spring Water

Raw water is a thing………

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Bathtub Spring

You can find maps of springs in your area online, but make sure they are on public property before heading out to collect any, or seek permission.  As  in any foraging,  make sure its safe, with easy access but even then be careful as to what you harvest. Take time to scope out the landscape.

For example, do you see the watercress growing to the left of the tub? Bonanza! Yet not really. This is located just off of a road side-the bottom of a very large hill, so runoff will make its way here. The area is surrounded by organic farms at a distance but forest in the immediate surrounding area is clear and at a higher elevation.  Yet the runnoff from cars could mean lead in the watercress. Easy access but not safe unfortunately.

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Cool clear water

We have a fairly new well but judging from the stains on our sinks and the stiffness of our clothing,  theres far too much iron and lime in it. Its fine to drink and it tastes and smells fine, perfectly potable. I cook with and bathe in it with confidance.

Of course, you cannot tell if water is safe just because its running clear. In our area, first of all, many people rely on  this spring and for another, our local governement tests for harmful bacteria, etc, on a regular basis. If a spring is contaminated they will  post signs. Look for postings. Infact there might even already be a government data base available to look up test results. Explore.

Of course, the question of why comes to mind, i.e.,  Why, if my water is untreated, do I need spring water? There is alot on the topic and some of it might be simply woo woo. What I think of as  science based is that hard water like ours creates problems. The reason hard water is “hard” is that it contains limescale which creates calcification in the body. In the meantime it is believed that spring water also has friendly, better balanced mineral and even bacteria though I can never make that claim about Bathtub Spring-I have no way to know. Theres the idea too that spring water is more alkaline but this depends on the water.

I tested my well water with ph strips and got a 7 while my harvested water is a 9 on the ph scale. It IS  more alkaline. I suggest that readers test their slurces before concluding that spring water is more alkaline or not. Just being honest.

I have noticed two improvements however. One, my arthritic knees began to flare up before we harvested, yet despite the cold and rainy weather, the pain is gone. And two…my digestion is certainly happy and if my digestion is happy, I’m happy:)

Cheers to simple clean water!

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10 thoughts on “Wild Foraged Spring Water

  1. Hi Linda.. So lovely to see your new link to this blog pop up in my reader this afternoon.. It makes me all the more blessed knowing our water is safe to drink unlike I know in many places where you live..
    Having said that I know how the variation of our water from soft to hard water happens from area to area.. And you are right about poluttion from cars if the watercress is near a roadside..
    I would never allow my children to pick blackberries near a roadside.. Far too much pollution.. So pleased we have humongous blackberry bushes in our allotments to pick now

    Your New Site is Looking Good 🙂

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    • Thanks for the visit Sue! I am lucky in that I grew up not foraging except for grapeleaves with my mom and grandmother so I never delved in a really trusting manner. I am always suspicious (paranoid actually) so I read alot and learn as much as I can before going out to forage now. Safety first! There are plenty of parasites in some of the watercress by way of small snails-so I leave that all to the professionals and actually buy it wild foraged, from the healthfood store. Then I wash it like crazy. I am working on my blog list today so the look here will change a little bit more. Its a nice layout and even with the quirks I am dealing with, it still feels more positive to me.

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      • Its lovely, and I love that you are letting it evolve.. Your Like to the posts will not load up at the moment.. A little sign keeps saying Loading.. but its not as yet.. But I am sure it will sort itself out.. xx

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  2. Sue, nothing really works for me on my end anymore. I am not sure what is going on besides needing updates but if you are experiencing it maybe its wordpress that needs the updates. It gets frustrating!

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  3. I’ve heard it referred to as “living water” and may actually be the cause of some very long lived individuals (over their 100’s) and still getting about. The theory is the minerals it contains, coming from a underground spring.

    But I can see what this would be of concern, if there was anyone spraying chemicals in the area. It gets into the ground, and thus, the ground water.

    I like your new site. Took me a while to comment, as I’ve been flat strap, catching up with painting our verandah, now the weather has cleared. 🙂

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    • I’m glad you came through the cyclone okay. We are not getting alot of news here about it but I take it that it was very serious.
      I have heard the same thing about the longevity of living water (I like that better than the word “raw’) but also about the diet in general-the alkaline diet. I know that the survivors in Radical Remission used spring water in some cases or carefully selected mineral water, for fasting for long very long periods.
      It takes many years for contaminants to reach the water sources from the surface but its starting to happen in our area. Our well tested clean at 350 ft deep. We probably should get it tested again. Old timers however think it takes hundereds of years for pesticides to reach that far down but I think this is a rationalization-they want to keep spraying poisons that don’t hurt “us”. Hard to get to the truth actually.

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      • I haven’t been following the Cyclone too closely, as it triggers memories for me. But I have seen a few pictures through blogs. Cyclones tend to happen at the top of our state, and we get the rain fall-out. This time around it caused flooding in Brisbane and the Gold Coast. So mainly coastal regions. We got the outskirts of that particular rain event, which was great for the garden. Lots of moderate rain, that we really needed after the recent heatwave. No flood for us though.

        Lots of homes flooded though – mostly in New South Wales areas, located near Rivers, or other waterways. The damage is quiet widespread. So not only did our state have to deal with the damage the cyclone caused, the top end, but also the flooding caused by the rain dumped afterwards. But it even extended down into the next State – NSW. So quiet a huge effect, when you consider Queensland, is a large state in it’s own right, let alone effecting the adjoining State too.

        I hope your well remains clean, but I can see your reasons for concern.

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  4. I am glad you were able to go through this without being triggered. I was worried. Hope you are proud of yourself for it.
    I think that people here in the U.S. just don’t understand how your territory is divided into very large chunks, unlike ours where a “state” can be any size and each are smaller than Queensland for certain. I appreciate how widespread the damage is when you explain the extent of its reach. That is a huge territory to be affected in one go. Some press is comparing the damage to Katrina but even then, the Katrina damage was far more localized than what you are describing (though extremely devastating none the less.)
    I am glad that you are all okay and that your garden got the benefit.

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    • Some numbers I read, for Lismore in New South Wales, was 440mm of rain in 24 hours. Those are some large numbers, and why they suffered extensive flooding. As a comparison, in the 2011 Lockyer Valley floods, some areas receive 200-300mm of rain – but that came in a few hours! So of course the difference is the intensity the floods occurred.

      Still, accidents happen and five people have lost their lives, with three still missing. When you consider how widespread the damage has been, that’s a low number. It’s still not nice to lose anyone though.

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      • That small number is astounding actually. Garry had me watch the radar on Storm Debbie-it was a slow mover for sure. I am used to seeing these super storms over the midwest where they cause more tornados and wind damage and move fast usually. Last year we had a strong storm and lots of flooding in the low lying areas but only 1 death-his house slid down the hill. We had had alot of rain previously so the ground was past saturation point. They call it a “one hundred year flood” around here. The water didn’t hang around long however so we drove around and the damage was incredible to see. Water is a very powerful force and it has changed the landscape in substantial ways.
        At any rate, that you came through okay and that there were so few deaths is good news even if we are saddened at any loss of life.

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