Locals Say Hot Pools at Lava Can Shorten the Duration of the Common Cold

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Updated: 12/04/2012 10:40 pm

Nasopharyngitis, Rhinopharyngitis, Acute Coryza, this may sound like a foreign language but these are actually medical terms that are often used to describe the common cold. You may have noticed a few of us in the newsroom are showing signs of this nuisance.

Some say there is a natural remedy here in eastern Idaho.

According to the Lava Hot Springs website, people have been gathering at the springs to bathe, rest and even worship for a very long time. Many people believe that there are curative properties associated with the hot mineral water and refer to the springs as "the healing waters". It is rumored that long ago the Springs were neutral ground and shared in peace by all.

That’s all sounds great but will it cure my cold? At least one person thinks it will help.

“I have been going to Lava regularly for years now,” said Rhea Tinkham of Chubbuck. “Especially in the winter time when everybody is getting sick, I go every weekend.”

The reason…

“The steam from the mineral water helps open up your sinuses,” continued Tinkham. “It helps open up the lung passages so you can breathe easier.  It helps with aches and pains and chills.”

Executive Director Mark Lowe agrees.

“Personally, I feel much better if I feel a cold coming on or even just one of those general achy days, “ said Lowe. “The hot water seems to be able to get in, get to the bones and get the cold out of the bones. And it just feels so much better all the way through.”

The Shoshone Bannock Tribes word for the area is 'Poha-Ba’. This translates to Land of Healing Waters. You can learn more about the tribes’ history in the area at the South Bannock County Historical Center which is located in the heart of Lava Hot Springs.

If you are skeptical of these claims, you can come down here and check it out for yourself. Wednesday December 12, is their customer appreciation day and everybody gets in for free.

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