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February 15, 2016

7 Cool Uses for Seaweed

Seaweed is so much more than its unfortunate name suggests. It’s used in a number of daily products, from food to beauty products to medicine. So before you pick out the seaweed on your plate or scoff at people who use it in their beauty regimens, read about these 7 cool uses for seaweed. You may end up adding seaweed to your daily routine!

1. Food

Obviously the most common use for seaweed is in food. Whether you’re enjoying a delicious sushi roll or a delectable seafood salad, you’ll most likely eat some seaweed. It doesn’t have a strong flavor, just a general fishiness, so it can blend into a number of dishes. Speaking of blending, lots of people add seaweed to homemade juices and smoothies to gain its nutritional benefits without getting that seaweed texture or taste.

2. Toothpaste

Seaweed can be found in a number of natural toothpastes. It has a certain enzyme that can cut through plaque and protect teeth. This contributes to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can treat and prevent tooth decay.

3. Face Masks

Seaweed is full of vitamins and minerals that nourish the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. That’s why it’s popular for its use as a face mask. In fact, its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it the ultimate rejuvenating treatment for your skin. There’s a number of DIY seaweed mask recipes out there, so go find yourself some Santa Barbara seaweed and see what all the hype is about!

4. Bath Soaks

Seaweed baths are incredibly good for all of your skin, not just your face. That’s why many people enjoy soaking in it. It’s a common practice to fill a hot bath with seaweed and soak in it for about an hour. The result is soft, supple skin with reduced inflammation. Plus, it’s an incredibly relaxing experience.

5. Shampoo

Seaweed offers many benefits when it’s used in shampoo. It moisturizes and nourishes the scalp, promoting healthy hair growth and reducing scalp inflammation. It also moisturizes your hair, leaving it looking soft and shiny.

6. Fertilizer

Seaweed isn’t just good for humans, though! It can supplement soil deficiencies when added to your garden, as well as promote plant growth. It can be added either wet or dry and it breaks down slowly over time, offering your soil benefits for a significant duration of time after it has been put in place.

7. Medicine

Of all the cool uses for seaweed, this one has to be the coolest. Seaweed used in soaks, ingested, or added to medicine has been proven to have many health benefits. It can strengthen your immune system, offer relief for a variety of skin conditions, and even prevent some forms of cancer. It’s also used to cure hormone imbalances. So why not add it to your diet or beauty routine and see how seaweed can help you?

Regardless about your feelings about its somewhat fishy taste, you can’t deny that there’s a lot of cool uses for seaweed. So book a stay at Marina Beach Motel to see what Santa Barbara seaweed can do for you!

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