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How to detox with a seaweed bath

How to detox with a seaweed bath

How to take a seaweed detox bath

Seaweeds (which are technically a type of algae) are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other bioactive compounds like peptides, polysaccharides, and fatty acids. Translation? They’re wonderful for your skin. 

Seaweeds purify and balance the ocean—they can do the same for your body. A hot seaweed detox bath can hydrate and nourish your skin while also providing vital nutrients to your whole body. 

During a seaweed bath, your skin absorbs soothing and fortifying minerals like potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iodine (which boosts thyroid activity and metabolism). Taking a hot seaweed detox bath once a week can also improve circulation and help lower your blood pressure.

What’s the best seaweed to use for a bath?

Any, really, though bladderwrack is a popular choice and kombu (a staple of Japanese cuisine) is one of the easier to find in your grocery store. If you go with a packaged and powdered seaweed soak, just make sure to check the ingredient list to see if there are any potentially irritating added ingredients, like artificial fragrances. 

There are two very effective ways to take a seaweed detox bath: 

  1. Draw very hot water in a tub to 1/2 full. Put the seaweed into the tub and steep until it softens and the water is cool enough to enter. 

Or

  1. Make a strong infusion in a large pot on the stove, simmering the seaweed for 10 – 15 minutes before straining and adding to hot bathwater.

Soak in the deep bath, covering the body as much as possible for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Let hot water constantly trickle into the tub to maintain the high temperature. Soak as long as possible to give the body time to absorb the mineral properties. 

If you’re using whole seaweed, you can use it as an exfoliating scrubber and absorb even more nutrients while you’re at it.

If you become overheated or uncomfortable, sit on the edge of the tub for 1 – 2 minutes.

When you’re done, you can use the leftover seaweed as a nutrient-rich mulch in your garden. 

To learn more about healthy living, read new articles on the Crystal Star blog

 

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

 

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