Seaweed bathing: Thalassotherapy at home
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Photograph: Samantha Digiacomo by Pablo Costanzo
- The best way to enjoy a seaweed bath is collected fresh off an unpolluted beach (3-4 good handfuls) . Thick, rubbery strands of kelp have the best mucilage/moisturising potteries (ie. the slimier the better). If you can’t access a beach, try organic dried wakame (usually available at health food shops).
- Rinse seaweed in cold water to remove sand
- Put seaweed in bath & fill with hot water. Wait for bath to cool slightly.
- Soak for at least 20 minutes
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