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Therapeutic Benefits of A Seaweed Bath

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There’s something about a swim in the open sea that is so refreshing and dissolves those cobwebs away!   It is also very therapeutic of course to be immersed in nature’s natural minerals.

However living on the West Coast of Ireland I am a bit of a wimp and wear a wet suit every time I venture into the sea.  It has to do with circulation and not being able to feel any part of my body if I don’t!!!

But I don’t need to suffer frost bite in order to benefit from the nutrients in Mother Nature’s ocean; a warm seaweed bath does the job so well!

We are lucky to have a wonderful organic seaweed producer on our doorstep in Galway on the West Coast of Ireland, Connemara Organic Seaweed Company.   I have been enjoying adding their seaweed products to my food including delicious energy balls  I get the nutritional benefits that way.  Before you ask they don’t taste of seaweed!  I made them recently at a workshop I was running to show people  how easy they are to make and how tasty it can be to add seaweed to our food.

The company, Connemara Organic Seaweed Company is in the process of bringing out a luxury spa range of products too .. watch this space!   I have had fun with them on this project!

BENEFITS OF A SEAWEED BATH

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It is scientifically proven that having a seaweed bath is beneficial for supporting our central nervous system and making us feel more calm.  It also supports us with any skin issues we may have, as well as supporting symptoms of arthritis and more general muscle ache and pains.

Seaweed is one of nature’s natural sponges and, because of this, it soaks up lots of wonderful minerals directly from the sea. By the principle of osmosis when we have a seawed bath our skin absorbs these nutrients directly into our system.

Having a seaweed bath also supports the elimination of toxins from our body and increases the flow of oxygen rich blood which is extremely beneficial to maintain healthy organs and tissues.

The gel that is produced when having a seaweed bath coats the body with its nutritious delights and further aids with release of toxins from our body.

The seaweed can be used a second time too which is wonderful, as the calming effect I have felt tonight is something I definitely want to enjoy again!  I added a relaxing essential oil to the bath too to make it even more yummy!

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It is certainly a treat I look forward to more often and in the comfort of my own home, which is another benefit for me!

Until next time, take it handy

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Owner of IrishHealthHour, Author, Energy Therapist, Essential Oil Lover and Mum.

 

 

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NORI Bake..Healthy, Organic and 100% Natural

When I think of adding seaweed to my food I have to admit I think gulps of sea water when I am swimming!!  However I was more than pleasantly surprised with NORI bake!   If you use the right amount in your recipes you do not taste it and the kids will not even notice you added it!

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Brownies with NORI bake added!

NORI bake is a superfood in the form of a powder that can be added to our food in many, many ways.   I have added it to several different recipes and even to chocolate brownies for a family celebration!!!

My fussy 7 year old didn’t even notice when I added it to our usual “breakfast buns” as I call them.   They are made from a cup of flour, a cup of porridge oats, a cup of dessicated coconut, a tablespoon of chia seeds, an eighth cup of sugar (or less), 6 oz butter and of course now some NORI bake!  They are the standard breakfast for my two sons in our house as they are nutritious and balanced and neither of them complain about breakfasts in the morning!

 

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NORI can be added to baking

Why NORI and what is it?

NORI is a nutrient rich food containing 8 different varieties of seaweed.  Some of the nutrients include Iodine, Madnesium, Calcium, Iron, Zinc and vitamins B12 and B3.

 

It can be difficult at times to get foods with these nutrients in them that children will eat, especially if you have fussy eaters.   NORI can be added to any of your baking including fairy cakes and breads!  It also has the added advantage of keeping bread fresher when it is included and it keeps you fuller for longer.

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NORI added to coconut water and fruit

 

 

I love my smoothies and healthy drinks and am always looking for products to add to them, to make them even healthier and to keep me fuller longer.   My blood sugar drops if I do not eat regularly so snacking is something I do a lot of!   If I can make my snacks healthier and keep me fuller then I am happy!

I do not always follow recipes and love adding what I have to drinks.  On the picture on the right you can see that  I added NORI to coconut water and whatever fruit I had in the fruit bowl which on this occasion was apples and oranges!  Delicious.

Another good reason to use NORI in your cooking is that you can reduce the sugar in the recipe when it is added.  Also you can use NORI as a healthy replacement for salt.

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Another way I used NORI was to add a teaspoon to my Granola and yoghurt breakfast!

This  wonderful product gets a definite thumbs up from me.  The same company also make delicious SMRT bars which also contain seaweed.   You can catch my review of those bars here.

You can check out NORI here too.

Until next time … keep the faith,

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Owner at IrishHealthHour, Author, Empowerment and Assertive Coach and Energy Therapist.