Thorny Tap Water, and Beneficial Pine Pollen

Nutrient-rich pine pollen

Municipal tap water is about the worst thing you can drink. Most of us know that, yet many still turn on the tap when they’re thirsty. Watering indoor plants with tap water is also damaging, as is watering your outdoor food gardens with it. And very importantly, giving it to your companion animals is very risky.

Those plastic bottles of Poland Spring and other waters available at the grocery are no better. Water is a natural solvent: it leaches toxins from the plastic in which it’s stored. And the more time it lives in its plastic container, the more toxins it absorbs. Bad stuff.

Without getting too deeply here into the dangerous materials and chemicals contained in tap and bottled water (Google it for the disturbing information), I’ll just say that both are a big no-no, and should be avoided.

I’m not going to preach on about something that your intelligent mind already knows: tap water has been excessively ‘treated’ before it gets to you, with, but not exclusively, chlorine to kill bacteria; aluminum sulfate to coagulate organic particles, and lime to adjust the ph. The EDA allows a certain amount of chemicals, pollutants, and organisms in municipal tap water, and the bar is quite low.

Often, the EDA water has been tainted with a certain chemical that made it into the system as it’s outsourced, and cannot be removed. That’s when you’ll see the ‘boil alert’ announcement on your local news. But if you didn’t watch the local news that day, guess what – you just drank it, bathed in it, cooked with it, and gave it to your animals. And the laws of the land protect the EDA from answering to that.

In Canton, Connecticut, about 30 minutes from our house by car, there is a natural spring that flows 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And it’s free. All one need do is go there with a glass container, and fill it up.

As far as I know, the water there is not tested, so if you’re really into making sure your water is as pure as it can be, invest in TDS and Ph meters. Both are totally affordable (and after all, we’re talking about your water here). Always store your spring water in glass jugs, preferably cork sealed. There’s no point in collecting fresh, spring water and then keeping it in plastic.

A great site for locating springs in your area is Check it out.

On another note, the Himalayan pine pollen I ordered from Nyishar in Great Britain is on its way (!/Wild-Himalayan-Pine-Pollen-Powder-100g/p/53601366). If it lives up to its promises, I’ll try the much more potent tincture next. 

At £32, the pine pollen powder isn’t cheap (that’s about $46 American currency), so if I really dig this pollen, I’ll add a pine pollen expedition to my to-do list for autumn 2016. That’s in addition to the winter chaga expedition, which, incidentally, has piqued the interest of a colleague of mine. I have a partner in crime!

Peace on Earth

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