Water, Part 2

I thought I’d post a bit of a follow-up to the first “water” post.

In May my siblings and I met for the last time at our parents’ farm, to clean out the farmhouse and barns and hand the keys over to the new owner.  We had tons of stuff to do during those last 10 days or so; every room in the farmhouse was packed; my mom didn’t throw anything away; we had to clear it all out.  This was our third go-round of 4 adults, 10 days, nonstop going through stuff.  It was a big job.

I grew up in that house; my dad grew up in that house; his dad built the house and barns.  It was tough letting the place go.

And, I knew the house so well.

One feature about the house was — my grandpa was a tech-savvy person of his time in so many ways — he had a cistern built into the property, for rainwater to supply the laundry, kitchen sink, bathroom sink, bathtub and showers, and the well supplied drinking water and water for flushing the toilet.  The well provided good water for many years, until a stone quarry next to our property blasted into a layer of rock that started providing us sulfur water, and sulfur water was what we drank out of that well since the ’60s.  My dad was really upset when that happened, never got over being upset about it, and we just always had stinky sulfur water coming out of the well.


I wanted to try an experiment or two, since it was going to be our last time ever to be “our” house, at the end of May.  I wanted to see if adding a structured water unit would change the taste of the well water, so I bought a “mini shower” unit to try the experiment of structuring the sulfur well to improve the taste and change the quality of the water from stinky and pungent but otherwise healthy to no smell, no sulfur taste, and healthy.

That experiment worked!  Very excited to report that.

And as a side benefit, before we got the structured water “mini shower” unit hooked up to the well on Sunday, from Wednesday night through Sunday morning I attached the “mini shower” to the bathroom shower, just because I wanted to.  Might as well use the “mini shower” unit while we’re waiting to figure out how to structure the well, right?

I got a benefit out of that that I was not expecting.

For months, here, at home in Nebraska, with my single whole-house unit and my homemade shampoo, my hair has been so-so.  I won’t go back to store-bought shampoo, but truthfully, there’s a lot of residue left on my hair from the oils in the shampoo and nothing I’d do would get it out.

BUT!!!  Washing my hair in the shower where there’s cistern water — rainwater — coming out — and rainwater is nature’s structured water — PLUS having the structured water “mini shower” unit on there — my hair rinsed out clean, was perfect, there was no oily residue, nothing stuck to my hair or my comb or brushes, and my hair was easy to brush and comb.  Sadly my favorite hair-sticks started falling out of my hair, my hair was so soft and silky…so I knew it was the water…the soft rainwater and the structured water device together…with my homemade products…gives me great hair.

SO!  I decided, once I got back to my hard-water home — mind you, I have softer water now that I have one whole-house structured water unit installed, but it was still giving me gunky hair and spots on my dishes — I decided to buy two more whole-house units, just to see if I can have water that’s as soft as it was back at the home where I grew up.  As soft as rainwater.

I’ve got the two units now and they will be installed on Friday.  And I will post an update about gunk-free or not-gunk-free hair…in a few weeks…


About Susan Bame

Writer, Mediator, Facilitator, Teacher, fascinated with indigenous forms of conflict resolution. I love watching people become empowered. I have a master's degree in conflict resolution and a personal interest in organic food, detoxing and healing the body, alternative holistic approaches to health, self-empowerment and win-win solutions through mediation, Structured Water™, and energetic healing. I lived on the Omaha Reservation in northeast Nebraska for ten years, worked with Native families in the area, and have a great interest in Native history, culture, practices, traditions, stories, and current affairs. View all posts by Susan Bame

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