An alternative approach to health

     Soap Lake water is a wonderful healer when used with common sense and judgement.

You can bath in it, swim in it, irrigate with it, drink it, gargle it, disinfect skin with it, wash your hair in it, and even take enemas with it!


NORMAL TEMPERATURE BATH. Use a thermometer. Ideal temperature is 104 F. Time in tub-20 to 30 minutes. Never more than once a day. If taking baths once a day, use skin softener and moisturizer after bathing.

HOT BATH. For capillary dilation- 108 F. Maximum duration- 20 minutes. You may feel weakness at this temperature or faintness when standing. If sitting position, lower head between legs. If possible, lay down and place a cold, damp cloth to the back of your neck Should one faint from too long and too hot a bath, it would not be uncommon to vomit when regaining consciousness. Use caution when taking hot baths if you have high blood pressure or certain heart problems. Caution: skin rashes may be produced from overuse of Soap Lake water-replace oils and moisture to skin daily.

Soap Lake Swimming

SOAP LAKE SWIMMING. "Rub-sores can be caused from damp suits around underarms and crotch. Use loose suits (boxer shorts) and rinse off with fresh water immediately after leaving lake area.

SUN BATHING BEFORE SWIMMING. Be careful of the sun-extremely high in ultra-violet radiation. Good for tanning effect and certain skin problems. EXTREMELY EASY TO GET SUN BURNED!!

SUN BATHING AFTER SWIMMING. Be cautious of the sun after bathing in lake-combination of minerals and ultra-violet rays cause rapid tanning and may cause you to burn more quickly.

MUD BATHS. Rub mud over area wanted and lay in sun to dry. Mud absorbs moisture, oils and toxins from skin area. After mud bath rinse off with water. If rinsing in the lake be sure to shower afterwards with fresh water. Use a skin moisturizer and softener after bath.

DRINKING SOAP LAKE WATER. Approximately 20 minerals--many alkaline salts-high sodium. Never take over 2 oz. - 4 times daily. Over mineralization could imbalance the acid-base balance of the body and the sodium could cause a retention of fluids. Minerals in proper amounts are beneficial. The opposite is also true-too many and the kidneys will suffer. Caution-if one is retaining fluids, do not drink Soap Lake water. In heart, high blood pressure, and kidney problems, Soap Lake water should be used with caution or under supervision of a physician. 

IRRIGATION. Sinus and other cavities-not more often than 2 times per week.

SOAP LAKE PRODUCTS. Salts, ointments, shampoos and soap are available at Thorson's Motel.

                                                              Loren H. Schrag N.D.D.C.


Soap Lake water in most cases kills the bacteria and viruses without damaging the human host. When tissue repairs itself massive layers and deposits of mineralization  develop.


 Over the years it has been proven that exposure to Soap Lake water has improved cases of Burgeger and Raynaud's disease due to the fact that it opens the capillary and extremity circulation of the afflicted persons. 

To keep the alkalinity and minerals in the afflicated area long enough for results to be obtained, some people use the mud from the lake bottom. This will vary with individual needs and time required.

There's over twenty alkaline mineral salts in Soap Lake, many people will apply Soap Lake mud to their body to increase the effectiveness of  the lakes healing powers. The mud absorbs toxins, moisture and oils from the skin area. In many cases they will cover their whole body in mud, allow it to dry in the ultra violet rays of the sun and rinse their body off in the lake water before taking a fresh water shower. The minerals and ultra-violet rays cause rapid tanning so be careful when sun bathing and don't allow yourself to burn.

The symptoms of psoriasis can be controlled by combining Soap Lake water and the life giving Eastern Washington sun. Overexposure to Soap Lake water can cause friction rashes and dry out the skin. The use of lotion or oil can be used to moisturize the skin if overexposure occurs. Soap Lake waters unique mineral composition has benefited many over hundreds of years. Please take a common sense approach when using the water medicinally, do your research and in some cases you may want to consult a medical doctor that understands the composition of the minerals and the healing power of this rare body of water.

Soap Lake Water Mineral Content

Minerals Milligrams/Liter

Sodium                     5760

Bicarbonate             2480

Sulfate                      2540

Carbonate                3840

Chloride                   2290

Potassium                 504

Organic Nitrogen      0.9

Fluoride                       7.2

Ortho-Phosphate       6.2

Nitrate                          0.7

Calcium                        2.5

Magnesium                 2.9

Less than .01 of Aluminum, Iron, Copper, Rubidium, Lithium, Strontium, Barium, Chromium, Lead, Manganese, Titanium, Vanadium, and Boron.

Roxy Thorson and her husband created Soap Lake Bath Salts to provide visitors and locals alike a solution to skin diseases before the advent of antibiotics.

Smokiam is the Indian name for Soap Lake which means "Healing Waters."

Soap Lake is a soft mineral lake, due to the fact that its most abundant mineral is washing soda, rather than calcium, which is the main mineral in hard water.

Why does Soap Lake water heal? The reasons are very simple. The minerals in the water are very alkaline. As all living creatures, bacteria and viruses will only live in their range of acid and alkaline base and hot and cold.  If the range becomes to severe the living cell will die, in many cases so will the host.

Healing Water Spa and Gallery

Healing Waters of Soap Lake

Soap Lake has always been a place for healing. The unique properties of this dense mineral lake have had people bathing in its waters, and basking in the sun covered in the dark curative clay believing that haling is theirs for as long as people have been living in the Northwest.

This beautiful canyon lake is the only one like it in the world. Most other mineral spas are capped springs and do not have the same concentration of alkaline minerals found in Soap Lake. No one has ever really proven why these water help so many people with their healing, but few people that have had any experience with it doubt it. Some say that the alkaline waters make it so that bacteria and other causative agents are not able to survive. Most just give thanks for the healing they have received.

People have claimed relief from symptoms of such debilitating diseases as rheumatoid arthritis, Beurgers Disease, eczema, psoriasis, Raynaud's syndrome, and paralysis simply from bathing in the healing waters. Most agree that it is the combination of these 3 things, the mineral water, curative clay and sunshine that bring about healing. Luckily this desert town boasts 300 days of sunshine a year.

Many visitors to the area tell stories from their families, of their parents, grandparents or even great grandparents that believe that they had miraculous healing as a result of coming to Soap Lake at a time when they may have been in critical condition. Some not predicted not to walk again walked. Some had terminal illnesses that they were able to talk about into old age. Those who could not work were made productive again. Many give thanks for this wonderful oasis in the desert.

In the 1920's it was discovered to arrest symptoms of a debilitating disease prevalent among soldiers called Buergers Disease. The military sent these young men to Soap Lake and many were saved from amputation, some from death by the healing waters. In 1981 PM Magazine broadcast nation wide the claims made about the lake. This was followed by a deluge of letters from all over the country, not just with questions about how people could get healing for their particular ailments, but also with testimonies about the way the lake had already helped them and their families.

​So come visit this beautiful desert oasis and see what worries you can leave on our shores.

                                                                                                       Kathi Tranthum L.M.T.-R.N