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Sanicula aqua

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Sanicula aqua


the combination of the palce where there is the spa=Sanicula and aqua=combination element or prefix meaning "water," from L. aqua "water," cognate with P.Gmc. *akhwo, source of O.E. ea "river," Goth. ahua "river, waters," O.N. Ægir, name of the sea-god, O.E. ieg "island;" all from PIE *akwa- "water" (cf. Skt. ap "water," Hitt. akwanzi "they drink," Lith. uppe "a river").


Traditional name

Sanicula-Spring in Ottawa, Ill.
Sanicula Aqua

Used parts

Dilutions of the spring water.
     Preparation: Triturations of the evaporated salts of spring water.


Sanicula-Spring in Ottawa, Ill.
     Sanicula Aqua
     Minerals; Inorganic; More Inorganic Compounds


mineral water
spa water

Original proving

Proved by Dr. Sherbino and by J. G. Gundlach.

Provings by Gundlach and nine fellow provers.  By Sherbino.  See Transactions of I. H. A., 1887.

Description of the substance

A Mineral Spring Water of Ottawa, Ill., U.S.A. (Containing, approximately, in grains per gallon
     Nat. m. 93, Calc. m. 23.5, Mag-m. 23.25, Calc. bicarb. 14.25, Calc. sul. 9.5, Kali-sul. 5, Nat. bicarb..1, Nat. bro..3, Fe. bicarb..1, Nat. iod..12, Sil..5, Alumina.01, and traces of Lith. bicarb., Nat. ph., Borax.)

     Tincture of the mineral waters of the Sanicula spring, Ottawa, Illinois, Sanicula water (containing NaCl, MgCl2, CaCl2, Ca(HCO3)2, NaHCO3, NaBr, NaI, CaSO4, K2SO4, B, Fe, Li, Al, and Si).

 The analysis of the water of this spring, as made by Prof. Silliman, the highest authority in the land, shows it to contain 170 grains of solid matter to the gallon, 92 of which are Sodium Chloride.

Oberer Arm der in 2 Armen mündenden Quelle. Der untere Arm ist durch einen Stausee seit 1935 überschwemmt.

     I find your springs on the south bank of the Illinois river, where it now fills a large well or fountain built of masonry to receive its flow. This well is eight feet in diameter by about four feet in depth, covered by a neat pavilion. This artificial fountain is a beautiful well of living water of an agreeable and slightly saline taste. It is constantly visited by throngs of people collecting and drinking its waters, or prompted by curiosity to witness so fine a source of health and happiness. It is entirely without odor or color, and there is scarcely any discoloration or deposit from it on the stones. By repeated trials with an accurate thermometer I find its temperature to be 56.1/2° Fahrenheit at the lowest point where the water flows from the rocks, and 57° in the well when the outer air has 75° Fahr., the mean temperature of Ottawa climate being 48.1/2° Fahr., giving a difference of 8° higher temperature for the spring water, which is therefore a thermal spring, drawing its waters from a considerable depth. Assuming 1.8° Fahr. as the ratio of increase for each 100 feet of depth, and throwing off 45 feet as the depth within reach of the surface changes of temperature, we shall find the water of your spring coming from a probable depth of 400 feet below the horizon of uniform temperature, or 445 feet below the surface of the Illinois river. The natural flow of your spring was originally at, or very near, the average level of the surface of the water in the river, and being at the very edge of the water, and mingling at once with the stream, its medicinal character, and even its existence, was a long time overlooked. * * * The water flows from a fissure in the St. Peter's sandstone, which here comes to the surface, as it does, indeed, all along the Illinois river, forming at intervals conspicuous bluffs, and rising to a considerable height, giving this stream its picturesque character.
     "After the discovery of the spring the purchasers removed the glacial debris of sand, gravel and large boulders of various metamorphic cast, which obscured the outlet, exposing the fissure or cleft two feet wide and ten feet long in the St. Peter's sandstone, through which the spring flows. Over this fissure a heavy arch of masonry was thrown, and the water thus confined was made to rise in an earthen ware tube, of 8 inches diameter, up the bank of the river to the present well, which is about 20 feet above the mean water of the steam, and above the highest flood. * * * The spring has a flow of 100 to 120 gallons per minute, or about 3, 600 barrels daily. The excess is discharged by an over-flow pipe from the fountain into the river. * * *  The proportion of those potent elements, bromine and Iodine, to the total solid contents in the Sanicula Water is considerable. This is particularly true of the Iodine, which exists in larger proportion to other mineral contents in the water of the Sanicula Spring than that of the far famed Saratoga or Ballston waters of Saratoga county in New York." [Here follows a comparison with ten of the most prominent mineral springs in the east.] "It is evident from this comparison with other mineral waters renowned for their supposed pre-eminence in this particular constituent.

     Analysis, Prof. Silliman, Yale:* (*The water is without odor or color, and of an agreeable and slightly saline taste.)
     Sodium Chloride, 92.7995
     Calcium Chloride, 23, 5699
     Magnesium Chloride, 23, 2687
     Sodium Bromide,.3220
     Lithium Bicarbonate, trace
     Sodium Bicarbonate,.9776
     Calcium Bicarbonate, 14.3494
     Ferrum Bicarbonate,.0979
     Potassium Sulphate, 5.1246
     Calcium Sulphate, 9.6236
     Sodium Phosphate,.0045
     Borax, trace
     Organic matter, trace.
     Total = 170.7734
     Carbon acid cub. in. at 60 o.f. = 25.6
     Density of water, 1.0022