Deep beneath the lawns and gardens of Lithia Springs Resort bubbles warm springs, unique mineral water reminiscent of the soft mineral waters of Europe. Native Americans discovered the unique healing qualities of these springs thousands of years before Europeans ever came to America. They declared the springs “common grounds” for the benefit of all local tribes. Tribal differences were left behind so everyone could enjoy the warm, soothing, healing properties of the springs. Stories and legends grew around the water so that the Native Americans came to consider the area sacred.
Ashland was long known as the “Carlsbad or Baden-Baden of America” in the early 1900s and we are resurrecting those “Taking to the Waters” simpler times. As found in the collections of the Southern Oregon Historical Society, this part of Oregon was famous for lithium, sulfur and soda springs for centuries, both among the Native Americans and the pioneers.
Today, we draw this water up from deep beneath the Earth where rain and natural spring water have mixed and lay cradled near the thin spot in the Earth’s crust to be warmed and transformed over the period of centuries. When it arrives at the surface at 90 degrees, it works fascinating miracles on the body and mind. An unstable ion in the water molecule bonds to the hydrogen in the skin and draws out impurities. The curative springs found deep beneath the resort are rich in sulfur and numerous minerals, which help body heal itself from skin diseases, digestive disorders, arthritis, sore muscles, and poison oak, in addition to relieving stress, rejuvenating, and bringing a sense of calmness, relaxation and detoxification into your whole system.
The primary mineral responsible for this effect is Sulfur, and one way to authenticate the true healing nature of the water is by the slight but unique odor that is shared by all sulfur springs. Water devoid of this aspect has likely undergone a process of chemical treatment and no longer possesses the same healing properties. At our property we have implemented an alternative process of aeration which works to minimize the strength sulfur odor while leaving the beneficial mineral content intact. In this process, air bubbles are passed through the water in our holding tanks to release most of the sulfuric gas. By the time it reaches your tub, the water contains all the un-altered healing properties and only trace odors.
As you soak, we encourage you to envision these waters as the finished product of centuries of culminating geological processes. Take pleasure in knowing that you are enjoying a unique and refined gift from nature. We are proud to offer these healing springs to travelers looking for a unique Oregon experience with a soft-spoken luxury, a spa-like retreat, celebrating healing waters and nature. So, relax and enjoy a good soak in what the Native Americans considered “holy water,” without even leaving the privacy of your room – only at Lithia Springs Resort.