Water springs – places of health, sanctity, origin of many myths and legends

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Springs are a very popular alternative to tap or bottled water in Poland. The water in them comes from underground layers, so it is usually of very good quality and free from contamination. In addition, it is often rich in minerals that are beneficial to our health. It is also believed to have a better taste. All this makes it a popular drink.

Health zone

One of the most popular types of springs is undoubtedly mineral springs. Their waters, due to their specific mineral composition, determined by local geological factors, have a positive effect on the proper functioning of the body. Some have health-promoting properties and help prevent and even treat many diseases. In Poland, you can find numerous mineral springs in spas and sanatoriums, such as in Krynica-Zdroj, Szczawnica and Busko-Zdroj, and drinking from them is recommended by doctors.

Even if you don’t have major health problems, it’s a good idea to drink mineral water, which not only hydrates you, but can also be a source of elements such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and many others. However, it is important to remember that too much mineral water can have negative health effects, so some caution should be exercised when including it in your diet.

Another popular type of springs are forest springs, which are often used by tourists seeking drinking water during their hikes. This water is not only healthy, but also refreshing and invigorating, making it the perfect drink for hot days. However, before you decide to drink from such a place, make sure it is safe. Although the water in them generally appears clean and healthy, it may contain harmful bacteria or chemicals. It is also worth remembering that some forest springs are protected and drinking water from them is prohibited. In such cases, it is important to respect nature and protect unique forest ecosystems.

Myth Zone

For centuries, springs have not only been places to draw drinking water, but also points associated with folk beliefs. They often had their roots in ancient times, when water was considered one of the most important sources of life. Today, many people still believe that spring water has healing properties and positive effects on health and well-being.

Oligocene water from artesian sources is particularly popular in Poland. These are waters that are several hundred meters underground, and their pressure is so great that they are capable of flowing to the surface on their own.

Many people attribute medicinal and health-giving powers to Oligocene waters. These beliefs date back to a time when tap water was not yet available, so other sources were extremely valuable and considered a gift from God.

Oligocene water was considered the “water of life,” which has the power to purify the soul and body. Drinking it is said to help achieve inner balance and spiritual harmony. It is also believed that it can help treat digestive, nervous and circulatory diseases. It has also been used for cosmetic purposes, as an ingredient in creams and lotions to help keep the skin looking young.

As scientific research shows, Oligocene water is ordinary mineral water with some health properties. There is nothing extraordinary in it to gain eternal youth, only minerals that benefit our health.

Sacred zone

Springs have been considered special and sacred places since pagan times. It was believed that the water flowing from them was purifying and had healing powers. Therefore, many of them became religious sites where people prayed and made offerings to obtain healing and protection from disease. In Christian times, these beliefs were linked to the worship of holy places.

One of the more famous is the spring in Licheń. It was originally built for pilgrims to draw water from it to drink. After its consecration, it became famous for its numerous healings of the blind and the sick at heart. Many pilgrims attribute their recovery to the very power of Licheń water. To this day, it still attracts the faithful and those seeking healing.

Another miraculous spring is a spring in Easter, in the province. Malopolska. Legend has it that bathing in the icy water cured a terminally ill child. Its properties can be experienced all year round, but it has its strongest effect on Good Friday. Therefore, around Easter, local residents and tourists come to the spring and draw water. According to beliefs, in order to experience its miraculous power, you should wash your eyes on Good Friday, before sunrise, to see the truth, and then your whole face, for health.

Examples of miraculous springs can be multiplied.

Although nowadays the knowledge of springs is more scientific than spiritual, you can still find people who believe in their power and healing properties. One thing is certain – water is a miraculous gift of nature and a valuable component of the diet of anyone seeking health and internal balance.

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