Seaweed is one of the oldest plants on Earth. Abundant, nutritious, and diverse— seaweed has been eaten as food and medicine for thousands of years. Bound to the sea, this plant is one of our most mysterious edibles.
Seaweed thrives in thick ocean waves, absorbing massive amount of nutrients from the vast waters. Dried and used in sushi wraps, salads, or as a salt substitute, seaweed adds essential vitamins and minerals to any land locked diet.
This incredible plant is chocked full of essential amino acids, vitamin A and C, potassium, iron and magnesium. It is one of the few vegetable sources of vitamin B-12 and has ten times more calcium than milk. Incorporating more seaweed into your diet is easy; try adding bits of seaweed to stir frys or experiment with powdered varieties like chlorella and spirulina in a smoothie.
In a world that is beset by pollutants, chemicals, and heavy metals, seaweed might just be the most important food in your cabinet.
Eating seaweed regularly can do profound work to protect you from the mutagenic effects of dangerous environmental toxins. The chemical composition of seaweed is so close to human blood that it can intimately detoxify our bodies. These sea greens work to flush the lymphs, purifying the system and fighting mutagenic cancer cells. To safeguard against radiation eat 1-2 grams of brown seaweed (like kombu, wakame, bull kelp or bladderwrack) per day.
Seaweeds are also one of the richest natural sources of iodine, an essential building block for our thyroid hormones. Just one gram of kelp is equal to the amount of iodine in 40 lbs of fresh fruit and vegetables! Consider eating seaweed as a part of any weight loss plans. This plant is one of the few foods that are alkalizing for our bodies. It eliminates excess water retention and is high in soluble fiber, promoting digestion and producing that elusive feeling of fullness.
The ancient Polynesians farmed over 60 varieties of seaweed— for food and medicine, but also to maintain that gorgeous island radiance. Seaweed is a luscious beauty remedy, for the inside and out. Used externally, seaweed can refresh and enliven your complexion. The rich anti-aging nutrients and minerals in seaweed help to nourish and tone your skin, smoothing fine lines and stretch marks. Try a simple Summer Seaweed Face Mask for a fresh start to a breezy summer day. If you’re feeling like you need to detox before you hit the beach (and another mojito-filled vacation) experiment with a Seaweed detox wrap or simply relax into a Lavender and Seaweed Bath. With this ancient herb, the possibilities are endless. Embrace over 2,000 years of history and health by incorporating this mysterious ocean green into a vibrant and verdant summer of fun.
Important note on buying seaweed: In the past few years the ocean surrounding parts of Asia have seen some pretty scary pollution and radiation. Because seaweed is such an excellent nutrient sponge, the products coming out of Japan and Coastal Chinese farms are not going to be the best option for a totally clear and healthy diet. Instead, buy seaweed from the Atlantic Ocean. Try Maine Coast Seaweed. It’s a great company with an impeccable product. They are organically certified and test regularly for any trace of heavy metals or pollutants.
Summer Seaweed Face Mask
1 TBS kelp powder
½ TBS raw honey
½ TBS pure aloe vera gel
Optional: 1-2 drops fennel essential oil
Mix ingredients and apply. Sit with mask for at least 15 minutes and then rinse.
Seaweed Detox Wrap
8 oz powdered seaweed
1 cup warm water
2 pieces of saran warp
Prep: Lay a blanket down in the bathtub and let the hot water run for a steamy effect. Set out your saran warp. Mix the powdered seaweed and water in a bowl until thick enough to apply to your skin. Smooth onto your body and then cover with saran warp. Sit in the tub and relax for at least 10 minutes. Remove your wrap and soak for an additional 10 minutes. Feel refreshed.
Lavender and Seaweed Bath
½ cup dried seaweed
1 cup dried lavender
Mix the seaweed and lavender. Divide mixture into tea sachets or balls and drop into the bath. Let steep for 5 minutes and then dive in.