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Fertility Waters


When Nicole Kidman got pregnant at 41, she wondered if swimming in the Australian Outback contributed to her sudden fertility. Is there such a thing as fertility waters? Awhile back, I met with a holistic practitioner who suggested that floating in the Dead Sea may alter the chemical imbalance of my cervical mucus, boosting fertility. I actually remember thinking, “Gee, maybe Ron and I should book a vacation to see if it works.” We didn’t go, but I love the idea of the curative power of water.


Water is healing. One of the most popular Psalms in the Bible, Psalm 23, talks about how God leads us by quiet waters to restore our souls. Since ancient times, people have traveled to hot springs for their mineral-rich benefits. Bathing in warm waters of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland is reputed to help with psoriasis, thanks to the high levels of silica and sulfur. Salt soaks relieve arthritis. Research by Dr. Jack Raglin and Dr. Bruce Becker shows 25 minutes of relaxing in 102-degree water reduces anxiety.


A few weeks ago, I spent an afternoon soaking in hot springs by the San Juan River in Colorado.


CO Hot Springs 2010 001


The springs I visited were commercially developed. If you’re up for an adventure, you can hike out into the wilderness in search of primitive hot springs. Ron and I did that one summer – we squished into the pool with these other hikers.


Rainbow HS (guys soak)


Because hot springs are formed when the earth’s fault lines combine with underground water and magma, most are out west where such geothermal areas lie, says Marjorie Gersh-Young in her book Hot Springs and Hot Pools of the Southwest and her companion book Hot Springs and Hot Pools of the Northwest.


Wanna give primitive hot springs a try? Gersh-Young recommended these hikes in New Mexico and California:


New Mexico ~ New Mexico is a hot bed of hot springs. A visit to Jordan Hot Springs in the Gila National Forest will take you on an 8-mile, river-crossing excursion, and hikers claim the scenery is worth it. There are commercially developed red rock hot springs in the town of Jemez Springs, but head a few miles north for a wilder treat where you can enjoy McCauley Hot Springs, several pools and a waterfall at the end of the 2-mile hike, San Antonio Hot Springs, set in the woods of the Santa Fe National Forest, or Spence Hot Springs, sandy-bottom pools a short hop from a pull-out area on the side of State Highway 4.


California ~ For night-soakers, Buckeye Hot Spring in the Toiyabe National Forest commonly has visitors who light candles which flicker against a cave-like overhang. For hard core outdoor enthusiasts, Big Sur’s Sykes Hot Spring requires a 10-mile hike into the Ventura Wilderness. Pitch a tent at nearby Sykes or Pine Ridge campgrounds. Mammoth has a series of springs east of the town of Mammoth Lakes. Or check out Deep Creek Hot Springs in the San Bernardino National Forest.


Idaho Backcountry ~ With 9.3 million acres of roadless forest and over one hundred natural hot springs, Idaho is a soaker seeker’s dream. Josh Laughtland, better known as the Hot Springs Guy, maintains the website IdahoHotSprings.com where he directs visitors to treks and soaks while educating them on the environment. His favorites? Jerry Johnson Hot Springs in Clearwater National Forest, a 1-mile hike to three soaking pools set in lush forest, Bear Valley Hot Springs, a 3-mile hike with a river ford to two springs, and Goldbug Hot Springs, a strenuous uphill 2-mile hike where you’ll find mountain soaking at its finest.


Eastern soaks ~ You can find hot springs in Florida, Massachusetts, New York, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, but thanks to commercial development, the most natural you’re going to get out east is North Carolina’s Hot Springs Resort & Spa. There, you can camp along the French Broad River and then relax in pools set on wood decks that are filled with natural mineral water that’s piped in a spring.


Taking a hike into the wilderness in search of primitive hot springs was one of the most fun dates Ron and I have had. If you head out this fall in search of hot springs, tread gently and pack out anything you take into the forest. And who knows? You may wind up pregnant.



About Jenny Rough

Jenny Rough is a lawyer-turned-writer. Visit her on the web at www.jennyrough.com



Comments (8)

I believe in the power of water! My husband and I tried for 4 years to get pregnant, then we both secretly gave up, and decided to go on a 3 week sailing trip to recharge, and surrender control of the situation. We got pregnant on the trip!!! I know exactly when it happened too. After a swim in a private inlet. I read all your previous blog posts, and I see myself in your story-especially the "relax" one. I have endo too, and had the same surgery twice, and now we have a beautiful 2 year old daughter. It's so hard, but you both will find your way through it, and I believe you will have the family you dream of : )
Jane, How cool! Thank you so much for sharing such an inspiring story. I love how the water played a role in creating your family. :) Thank you for your encouraging words. I do believe with my whole heart we will find our way through this, like you say. :)
Mikvah is a central part of orthodox jewry for all sorts of ritual purity. Its a lot to describe in a comment. Basically water is purifying for the body and the soul, but not like a shower or a bath but a real dip in a natural body of water.
I love this articles. Thank you for you to share some ideas story. I believe I will find my own way through it. .-= Jittaphat´s last blog ..Crest 3D White Advanced Vivid Whitestrips 14-Count Boxes =-.
Fertility Waters makes complete sense to me. Water is the most relaxing medium for opening up to the divine. I feel everytime I go to Boulder Hot Springs in Boulder Montana. On the hill overlooling the hot springs is a Seven Generations Sculpture, with the 7th one being the baby in the womb. I taught a Ferility massage class there in Oct 2009 and will teachit again in Oct 2011. Now I know why I choose that place. Healing Waters powerful for all of us.
Ayalah - I read up on Mikvah after your comment. Fascinating. I look foward to reading more. Jittaphat - Thanks. Yes, we will find our way. Claire Marie - Cool. I must check out Boulder Hot Springs. I adore Montana.
This article is so inspiring! I want to run off to hike/camp/soak right this minute!
Glad you liked it Michelle.
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