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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Remineralizing Seaweed Wrap


Seaweed wraps are exceptionally beneficial as a quick way to remineralize the body and replenish it with nutrients and elements lost on a daily basis -- such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, protein, phosphorous, copper, vitamins and amino acids.  The molecular formation of the human blood cell and that of seawater is similar, thereby enabling nutrients from the seawater to easily filter through the pores of the skin and directly into the bloodstream.  The most popular type of seaweed used for cosmetic and healing purposes is kelp -- the common name for the large leafy brown algae that grows along colder coastlines.  Although using fresh seaweed is certainly optimal, a seaweed powder mixed with enough water to create a mayonnaise-like paste will render equally satisfying results.

Recipe
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8 ounces dried or powdered seaweed and
enough water to make a paste,
or approximately 3 ounces of fresh seaweed
Mylar or plastic sheet (a clean shower curtain liner is perfect)
1 blanket
Space heater (optional)

Place a blanket at the bottom of a bathrub and set the plastic sheet on top.  Set the space heater nearby and turn it on. While sitting on the sheet, cover yourself with the seaweed paste or the fresh seaweed and then wrap yourself with the plastic sheet and blanket.  Relax for 20 minutes. Slowly unwrap yourself and remove blanket and sheet from the tub. Fill the tub with warm water and relax for 10 minutes. After the treatment, pat skin dry and moisturize.

Here are some additional tips to get the most out of your body wrap experience:
  • Make sure to replenish the body's fluids after the treatment by drinking plenty of water or herbal tea.
  • Before the treatment, remove all lotions, perfumes and dirt from the skin with a quick shower.
  • Heat retention is important, so remember to warm tools, towels, and sheets as well as the wrap ingredients before the treatment.
  • You can intensify the effects of the treatment and raise your body's temperature by sipping hot herbal tea before the wrap.
  • After the wrap, put on a warm bathrobe and relax for 20 minutes. Do not attempt to do any physical activity immediately after the treatment.
  • Remember this anonymous quote: 
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched.  They must be felt.

3 comments:

  1. Where can I find powdered seaweed? I love this article and would love to do this! Thank you!

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  2. Oh! Great question, thanks for asking! You should be able to find this at a health food store, but I recommend Mountain Rose Herbs. Find their powedered kelp here: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/seaweed/seaweed.php#h_kel_p

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