Which one should I use if a would like to refer to the water that has a healing effect due to its physical propertis or chemical components?

What is the difference between medicinal and medicated?

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medicinal means "having healing effects" whereas medicated means "having medicine added" or "having been given medicine".

So, water from a spring may be medicinal, even though it's nothing but water with naturally occurring minerals.

Soap which has had some germ-killing agents added to it could be called medicated soap.

A patient lying on a bed in a hospital might be sleepy because he has been medicated.

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