Seaweed Bath Soak – Annie’s Advice
At the ocean or wishing you were there? Make a seaweed soak bath with fresh or dried seaweed and bring healing to your organs (especially your thyroid and adrenals), detox to your cells, and provide mineral nourishment to your whole body. Seaweed baths are sometimes called mineral baths because 1/3 of a cup of seaweed is more than 2,000 times the U.S. required daily amount. The seaweed kelp is abundant in calcium, potassium, iodine, iron, and magnesium, and the seaweed dulse is also rich in minerals and has a very high Vitamin A content.
You can find dried seaweed at your local health food store. If you’re at the ocean, you can harvest your own—but be sure to gather it from the water; don’t use anything that has been washed ashore.
3-4 oz. dried seaweed, half kelp and half dulse
Ten pounds of fresh seaweed dries out to about one pound, so these baths contain the benefits of about 2.5 pounds of wet seaweed.
Place dried seaweed in a large muslin bag or tea-infusion ball, or use an old nylon stocking. (The bags are needed to keep the seaweed from going down your drain.) Boil a large pot of water, add the seaweed, and steep for half an hour or so, then pour the whole thing into your bath, bag and all. Fill the bath with water as hot as you can stand it.
If you’re using fresh seaweed, just add it to the bathtub as it is filling with very hot water, making sure to remove it before you open the drain at the end of your bath. A slight gel or film from the seaweed will softly coat your body while you soak. Once it dissolves and you don’t feel it on your skin any more, you know your bath is done and you’ve absorbed the seaweed’s benefits.
Caution: Those with high blood pressure or other health problems should consult their doctors before having a hot seaweed bath.
This recipe is one of 47 recipes in Annie Bond’s ebook Beauty and the Bath. For more about the eBook, link here.
By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).