The Health Benefits of Volcanic Minerals on Body and Mind

March 01, 2018

The Health Benefits of Volcanic Minerals on Body and Mind

Teazorean tea, as you know is grown on a dormant volcano in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, hundreds of kilometres away from any source of pollution. This optimal growing location makes for an ideal environment for the best possible tea quality and purity. The richest agricultural lands on earth are linked to volcanic soil deposits where volcanic minerals are infused into the soil where the tea is grown.

Not only are the benefits of growing plants and food in volcanic soil present, there are also many health benefits that the hot springs produced by underlying volcanic activity bring. 

The health benefits of soaking in hot springs:

Increased blood flow, circulation, metabolism and absorption of essential minerals

Similar to when you exercise, when soaking in the hot springs you experience an oxygenated circulatory system that keeps you and your vital organs healthy. As you soak in the hot springs, your skin also absorbs minerals such as sulfur, calcium, sulfate, magnesium, iron, chloride, potassium and zinc and your hydrostatic pressure rises. More on sulfur below!

Relieves pain naturally

The heat from the springs can also help relieve pain, naturally. The heat feels somewhat like the soothing sensation you would get from a hot tub and how it works is the heat and pressure of the water dulls your perception of pain by blocking pain receptors in the body. Also, the fact that there are minerals present in the water, positive effects on the joints and muscles exist along with making you feel "floatier" and more relaxed. When your body is submerged in hot-spring water, the buoyancy encourages freer movement by naturally supporting your joints. If you suffer from chronic muscle pain, arthritis or even fibromyalgia, soaking in a pool of hot-spring water can effectively improve pain!

Improves Sleep

Sleeping problems? Improved sleep can be an added benefit to relaxing in the hot springs. When you soak in warm water, naturally your body temperature rises, then quickly cools down when your soak have completed. This body-cooling process can help you relax and fall into a deeper sleep at the end of a long day. Zzz..

Solves Skin Problems

When applied directly to the skin, mineral-rich hot-spring water can help to naturally relieve certain skin conditions. The high silica content found in hot springs can smooth and soften dry, rough skin. Also, the sulfur content in the water has numerous benefits. 

Sulfur is a naturally occurring mineral that is found primarily near hot springs and volcanic craters. Sulfur has a distinct smell which is caused by sulfur dioxide gas escaping into the air. Sulfur is used to make collagen, which keeps your skin healthy, young looking and smooth (who knew!). Approximately 0.25 percent of your total body weight is sulfur -  one of the most plentiful minerals in the body. It is most concentrated in keratin, which gives you strong hair, nails, and skin. It is known as “nature’s beauty mineral” because your body needs it to manufacture the collagen.

Helps with nasal congestion and digestion problems

Inhaling healing mineral water as vapor can be an effective treatment for asthma, sinus problems, allergies and other respiratory problems, clearing mucus from the lungs and facilitating breathing.The heat and steam rises to your sinuses, clearing out the pathway. The saltwater is what helps the digestion tract. Clearing out your sinuses can make you feel a lot more comfortable and healthy, even if it is just for a minute!

Before You Soak...

Always check with your doctor before taking a soak in a hot spring, especially if you're pregnant, elderly, have cardiovascular problems or another serious illness, to be sure the practice is safe for you.

So if you have skin conditions that affect your daily life, and you just cannot get rid of it, you should consider visiting a hot spring!

And if it does not work, at least you helped your blood circulation, sleep problems, your stress levels, and any body pain you may have had! 

"The Poca da Dona Beija is part of a set of iron-rich hot springs connected to the volcanic phenomena of Furnas. You can sit in a natural hot spring (102°F) within a cave or in the stream that flows from it. At Terra Nostra Park, a botanic garden hems in a thermal water pool.  

Internationally renowned, the Terra Nostra Botanical Park is over two hundred years old, Weaving through 12,5 hectares (31 acres) of gardens, grottoes, lush avenues, serpentine trails, streams and ponds, yThe Botanical Park´s next highlight is the famous thermal water pool.
The volcanic hot spring nourishes the pool with temperatures between 35 and 40 degrees Celsius (95º and 104º F),creating such calm and relaxation you can only find in rare corners of the world.

 

The geothermal pool in the Terra Nostra Garden is undoubtedly one of the top highlights of the Azores.

The warm spring water supplying the pool feeling of rest and relaxation that is possible at very few locations in the world. If you want a place to recharge your batteries and experience the magical nature of Terra Nostra Garden, definitely visit!

Not only can one enjoy the soothing relief of bathing in this springs, the most famous dish of the island "Cozido das Furnas" is also cooked with the steam of the Furnas hot springs. 

Nearby, locals come to make a dish called codizo das furnas, a slow-cooked stew prepared by lowering a pot in a hot spring heated by volcanic steam. Read more about the cooking process of this Geothermal Cuisine. These springs are created from groundwater interacting with hot solidified igneous rocks at shallow depths that heat the water from below!

 

If you've read our blog post on Geothermal energy, you know that there are endless possibilities for using volcanic activity to harness electricity. Currently, São Miguel island in the Azores is over 50% reliant on this renewable energy source and continues to make strides as a leader in reducing carbon emissions.  Learn more about this on our blog post Geothermal Energy in the Azores if you haven't already!

In addition to fighting climate change by using renewable power, the volcanic activity on the island also contributes to these amazing hot springs that intrigue people from all over the world. 

 

*Exerpts from the Livestrong article on "Benefits of Hot Spring Spas"




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