When I was recently pregnant with my second child I was constantly nauseous the first three months. Then one day my cousin asked me why I didn’t drink Salvus water. I was just glaring at her with a blank look and asked myself ’what the hell is Salvus water?’ She told me that it is a curative water with a lot of minerals in it and, though it has a horrible taste, it helps.
I had nothing to lose so, though I was sceptic, I bought the water in the pharmacy. The taste was quite familiar for me because I recognized the water had come from Bükkszék, a small village at the western foot of Bükk mountains. This, as it happens, is the place I usually spent a week every summer with my parents because it has a wonderful spa. Its water has been bottled for medicinal purposes such as digestive problems.
So I tried it and it worked! I was happy with this new knowledge and I use this water even today.
Again, after labour, I suffered from a bout of constipation. One day my cousin asked me why shouldn’t I give Hunyadi water a try? I found myself asking again ’what is Hunyadi water?’ She said it’s another type of curative waters from Budaörs which can be used for exactly this purpose.
This was the point when I just thought about how many types of curative waters have I drunk during my life. It turns out quite a lot.
My parents always brought mineral water named ’Csevice’. It came from local sources– there are many springs where I used to live – in Southern Slovakia and in North Hungary. Similar types of waters are in Romania too; there it is called ’Borvíz’. In Hungary there are curative and mineral waters with even higher content of minerals, used since ancient times as hydro-theraphy and for consumption. Nowadays there is a second use for it: heating of flats and greenhouses.
There are also environmental problems associated with it: what should be done with these mineral –containing waters after use? Letting them flow into the soil and surface water? If so, careful treatment is necessary in order to preserve the ecological balance of the soil or water table. Inject it back into the ground? This solution is problematic and expensive.
Currently, 150 known curative waters exist in Hungary which are recommended for a variety of medical problems either as complementary treatments or just by themselves.
The Carpathian basin is rich in surface and underground waters. We have a duty to treat them responsibly.