Seaweed Baths for Health and Beauty

Woman in bath with candles

On Bathing and Seaweed Baths

Seaweed baths have been used in Europe to enhance health and beauty for at least a century. Today, seaweed baths are offered at high-end spas all around the world. Some spas call this “thalassotherapy” which is Greek for “sea therapy”.

A relaxing seaweed bath can soothe sore muscles and makes your skin feel great! It can also speed the healing of sprains and bruises, and is often beneficial for arthritis and tendonitis.

Fortunately, you don’t have to live near the coast or spend lots of money to enjoy a therapeutic seaweed bath. You can enjoy one in your own bathtub for less than $10, using Naturespirit Herbs Bladderwrack Powder!

Bladderwrack is one of the most widely used seaweeds for bathing. Like most other Brown seaweeds, it is loaded with minerals, trace elements, and therapeutic polysaccharides like algin and fucoidan.

These amazing seaweed gels nourish and moisturize your skin, relieve inflammation, and stimulate healing and repair in the body.

Whole seaweeds may also be used for seaweed baths, but the beneficial gels and minerals take a long time to dissolve. Our Bladderwrack Powder is much more convenient to use, and it never clogs up your drain!

Bladderwrack (Fucus gardneri) in the Wild
Bladderwrack in the wild
Bladderwrack drying in the sun

Seaweed Bath Benefits

  • Aids exfoliation
  • Makes your skin and hair feel great
  • Soothes sore or injured muscles, joints and tendons
  • Speeds the healing of sprains and bruises

Personal Experience

James had a serious knee injury some years ago, and he found that seaweed baths relieved the inflammation and stiffness more than anything else. The baths also seemed to help with the healing and repair.

Additional Info

Seaweeds work in harmony with classic bath salts (like Epsom salts or Dead Sea Salts) and enhance their therapeutic benefits.

You can also add several drops of your favorite essential oils to your tub for an uplifting scent and relaxing effect. Some of our own favorites are Lavender, Rose, and Orange.

Seaweed Bath Instructions

Fill your bathtub with hot water. Put 1/8 to 1/4 cup of Bladderwrack Powder in a large strainer and sift a fine layer of Bladderwrack powder across the bathwater (the powder is a bit like cornstarch; if it forms clumps, they are difficult to break up).

Use a whisk to stir the powder into the bathwater and to break up any clumps. If desired, stir in some essential oils and/or salts. Turn down the lights and hop in!

Stay in the tub for at least 1/2 hour. When you are done, drain the tub and take a shower. If you dipped your head in the bath water, shampoo your hair to wash out the seaweed particles.

It is best to avoid strenuous exercise for several hours after a seaweed bath.

Naturespirit Herbs Reviews - Hanging Seaweed

Ah! call us not weeds
We are flowers of the sea
So lovely and bright

And gay tinted are we
We are quite independent
Of culture and showers

Then call us not weeds
We are ocean’s gay flowers.

(Author unknown)

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