Sprinkled across the island are several mineral springs and baths said to naturally cure all types of ailments from a cold to things more crippling and debilitating. I first learned about Fire Water in Runaway Bay from a Youtube video from Real ThreeStar. He was laying in a pool of water with a small portion ablaze. At first I thought it was just a good photoshop or editing job, but a little research confirmed that what I was seeing was real.
So when I made the trip to the country in St. Ann on New Year’s Day, I decided to check it out for myself…
Since I was heading back for an all day/night family function and didn’t have proper attire, I didn’t get the full massage treatment. Instead splashed copious amounts of water on my face (it tingled a bit), arms and legs and anywhere mosquitoes had feasted. There was this stubborn patch of dry skin on my elbow that got a little extra TLC too. Gong (the guy in the video) heated a wet towel over the flame and wrapped my arm in it for a minute and assured me that it would clear up quickly. And I’ll admit, I took a little sip, couldn’t do the 7 mouth fulls though (maybe next time).
After a million and one questions, a little lounging and my “walk through fire“, we headed back to the party. I didn’t suffer from the typical ashy, dry or pruny skin that’s the typical result of extended time in a pool, ocean or bathtub. And while I can’t say Fire Water was the cure, the dry patch on my elbow is no longer a problem.
A Few Fire Water Notes
- The water is safe for humans, but bugs, insects and other life can’t survive. There were no mosquitoes attacking, thank God!
- The pool is drained after each use and refilled with fresh water (shown in video)
- There are 24 different minerals found in the water and the sulfur makes it flammable
- Yes the flames can cover the entire pool if filled up, but I was OK with the little flame. Um, it’s fire and it’s hot.
- There is no charge for this experience, but definitely leave a nice tip
Have you been Fire Water or another mineral bath in Jamaica? Do you believe in its healing powers?