I recently visited family in Maine, and was able to indulge in some delicious seaweed and seafood while there. Now I've been on a seaweed-kick, and I picked up the most amazing bar of soap ever! Kelp soap!
This soap was so invigorating, I felt like the star in one of those old Herbal Essence TV commercials, "yes, yes!" I found that the kelp "scrubbies" were very different than scrub beads found in some body washes. They were a little harsher, but felt so good on the skin. I came out of the shower feeling like a sea goddess!
Best soap ever, I will keep buying this, along with some seaweed chips :)
Though, if you buy seaweed chips (or seasoning flakes, as shown below), make sure there is not a lot of added salt. Seaweed is naturally salty, already tasting sweet and tangy.
Maybe it's in my DNA sequencing, or perhaps it's just a consequence of a childhood filled with beaches, boogie-boarding and seafood. Seaweed holds a special place in my life. If I said this while living in New England, no one would think strange of me. But living in dry, windy Wyoming, it's not a common topic of discussion. Seaweed was always so mysterious to me growing up. While swimming, it would sneak up on you and rub against your leg just enough to make you jump back in fear it was a giant stinging eel! Each morning, in the wake of high tide, there would be pounds of it strewn across the sand, dried and dead. It was slimy, but it smelled so deliciously like the sea! I used to collect plump pieces, dry it and hang it in my bedroom, as a way to bring the ocean into my daily life. Maybe I am strange.
Seaweed or "sea vegetable" as it's often called, is not only slimy and green, but so good for you! Actually, most seaweed is brown, also known as brown algae (or kelp). Not only does it contain low calories (like most vegetables), but it's also a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids (heart-healthy fats), calcium and Vitamin K. One of it's more "famous" benefits is its natural source of iodine. Iodine has been known for many years to be great for thyroid health and hormone health.
Now getting back to the point of this article....soap. I recently found sea kelp soap at the store, and bought it. I figured at the least, it would bring back memories or showering after a day at the beach, giving me that "after-ocean" smell. Reading the box, it's not only healthy for the skin, but the pieces of kelp act as a scrub and exfoliant when used. Skin brushing is another thing I've read so much about but never really tried.
Body brushing (or scrubbing-effects) in the shower or bath is a great way to stimulate the largest organ in the body (the skin) and increase blood flood. It's got to be a mood increaser also, just because it feels very refreshing. You can buy body brushes and natural sponges at most stores these days.
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