The Benefits of Artesian Baths
At Charlotte Plains we offer an exceptional Artesian bathing experience for all. You can relax in the outdoor setting and simply unwind, washing all the stresses and worries about your day away. With a water source that is naturally heated to a near perfect 42oC, many of our guests have found comfort in using the baths at night simply to be out under the stars and just be at peace with the world. The water you’ll be bathing in is the start of a long chain, and will eventually be sent to all corners of our 67,000 acre property and used to keep the stock well-watered. The bore was first sunk in 1892, and since then it has never stopped flowing, which is no wonder as it makes use of water from the great artesian basin that covers nearly a fifth of all Australia (which makes it the largest and deepest in the world). In this article we’ll cover everything you need to know about Artesian baths and what many of the health benefits include.
What is an Artesian bath?
Artesian baths are formed by underground water that has been confined and pressurised within a geological formation. It is this pressure that heats and pushes the water to the surface forming the natural baths. Soaking in the natural water is perfect for alleviating body aches and pains, and rejuvenating your spirit!
The health benefits of Artesian Baths
The water in Artesian baths is often saturated with a variety of minerals and these are often specific to each location. As the water spends time underground it is naturally purified and it will take on many of the minerals from the surrounding geological elements. The minerals you’ll find in the water may contain varying levels of potassium, magnesium, calcium, with low levels of sulphur and bicarbonate; all of these can be absorbed through the skin as you relax in the water. These can aid in the treatment of many body conditions and assist in relieving pain causing issues.
Artesian baths have been used for generations; in fact, it has been known that in ancient times it was the most common way to treat many medical conditions. There are many studies being conducted on the benefits of bathing in artesian water, but often the best reports are from what people feel. The experience many people get from simply having a twenty minute dip in the water is total relaxation and alleviation of muscle pain and soreness. As always through, because of the heat it is important to stay hydrated when you’re in the water!
In regards to the medical benefits of bathing in Artesian water Associate Professor Wardle said, “It tends to be mainly musculoskeletal or rheumatoid-type conditions, although there are quite a few studies linking it with low blood pressure as well for the mineral content.” (ABC, 2019).
What makes Artesian water?
When accessing water from underground there are usually a couple of different methods used. The first is where you drill down and use a pump to get the water to the surface, the other is when you drill into the water basin, but the water is forced to the surface through underground pressure. It is the natural process of pressure and additional filtration that makes the water Artesian.
The main difference between Artesian water and surface water (from lakes and rivers) is that it’s not exposed to contaminants. This makes it a much cleaner source of water that is ideal for drinking and bathing. Artesian baths have been used all over the world, and besides the many health benefits it is one of the best naturally filtered sources of water. With all the natural minerals present in the water and the underground rock bed filtering the water there is no need to chemically treat the water. That makes it a superior choice for anyone with skin sensitivities.
Why you need an Artesian Bath experience
If you haven’t experienced an Artesian bath before then you’re in for an absolute treat. The warm water and natural setting will see you enjoying the relaxing baths as the natural minerals in the water flow over your body. As the baths are situated outside and exposed to the elements, they’ll offer you an experience that you won’t soon forget. At Charlotte Pass we have many visitors return regularly as they are convinced of the health benefits of our Artesian baths.