Kinds of Seaweeds in my Apothecary-Pantry
My pantry and apothecary currently have: Kelp – (Macrocystis pyrifera) ‘Giant Kelp’ and (Nereocystis luetkeana) ‘Bull Kelp’, Winged Kelp (Alaria esculenta)
Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosis), Dulse (Palmaria palmata), Hiziki (Hizikia fusiforme), Kombu (Laminaria japonica)
The Quick List: Amazing Benefits of Seaweed
- Has important antibacterial and antiviral effects.
- Reduces cholesterol levels in the blood by escorting these fat globules out of the blood through the bowels. Yes, you can actually see the globules in the blood draw tubes of some of my patients. This sparks good conversations with them!
- Helps chelate (release) other radioactive elements from our tissues. When the body is saturated with natural iodine from seaweed, it will more readily excrete radioactive iodine taken in from the air, water or food. And no, none can be allergic to iodine from a seafood allergy. It is require to be alive by our bodies.
- Contains B12 (rarely found in vegetables).
- Is rich in iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, manganese and all trace minerals required for growth and repair of our bodies.
- Provides a substance called aliginic acid that helps the body eliminate toxins.
- Contains 14 times more calcium by weight than milk. Plus magnesium in ratios our bodies require for absorption.
- Has easily absorbable, abundant Iron with the added benefit of keeping the bowels regular.
- Is high in protein, low in fat and contains little or no carbohydrates.
- Has components that lower blood pressure and reduce arteriosclerosis (clogging of arteries).
- Has abundant trace minerals required for smooth function of our endocrine system and hormonal pathways, as well as for growth and repair of all tissues.
- Makes super healthy medicine plants in the garden when you add seaweeds to your compost teas.
Our Daily Seaweed Vitamins
I grew up in quite a toxic environment among poorly raised apple trees on farms that sprayed often here in the Hudson Valley of New York. As a child we would play in the spray as if it was a sprinkler. Then drink and bathe in the well water and eat the fruit of these poorly mistreated trees. When I walked to the herbal medicine world in my early twenties it became so obvious that chelation of toxins from my tissues was a major task for me.
So I did my homework. I ditched commercial vitamin pills and decided that daily seaweed would start the process of release on the inside while I drastically changed the outside of my life to support a more chemical free footprint for myself and family. We are open systems with our natural world. We take in and excrete what is in Nature. Focusing on remaining open, discerning where and how I will live, and supporting eliminations has kept me from descending into the fear of illness based on such a childhood.
Gingered Carrots with Wild Atlantic Wakame
- ½ ounce atlantic wakame (Alaria) soaked in ½-1 cup warm water for 10 minutes; chop and reserve the soaking liquid
- 2-3 tablespoons tamari
- 1 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
- 6 large carrots cut into your favorite shape
- 1-2 onions sliced
- 1-2 tablespoon coconut oil or other oil you love for sauté
- Dash of toasted sesame oil and fresh cracked pepper to taste
- Prepare your carrots, onions, and ginger and sauté 5 minutes or more
- Add the atlantic wakame, tamari and sesame oil and cook until carrots are to your liking.
- Use the reserved soaking water from your wakame if more liquid is needed during the cooking.