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Kelp as an Herb

Kelp as an Herb

Fucus versiculosus

Kelp is an underwater plant with a majestic form, deep green color and a high nutritional yield.

Care and importance should be taken when consuming kelp and one should know its origin. Many of the world's oceans are suffering from pollution, so it is best to use a Kelp product from a clean and protected ocean. Hawaii, Iceland, Canada, and the North West United States are all choice locations for quality Kelp products.

Kelp as an Herb for Medicinal Uses

The medicinal part is the stem-like part of the thallus.

Japanese studies have shown that the high iodine value in Kelp assists with healthy thyroid function.

Kelp is used to strengthen and promote the glands. It controls the thyroid and regulates metabolism. It is a sustainer to the nervous system and the brain, and is a terrific boost for pregnancy and the developing child.

Kelp contains over 30 essential minerals and vitamins. Among them are: Iodine, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Vitamin B1, B2, B12 and polysaccharides.

Culinary Uses of Kelp

Kelp powder can be easily included in practically every dish. You may sprinkle it on entrees, soups, salads, and it makes a marvelous drink in the form of a green smoothie. Simply blend one half to one full teaspoon of kelp powder to your smoothie. Don't add too much, as it tends to have a salty flavor you don't want to over power your smoothie.

Re-hydrated kelp is another delicious option that does not have that salty taste. Add a few strands and blend into any smoothie recipe. Feel free to combine with other leafy greens.

Also adds well in teas and in iced drinks. Encapsulated kelp is also available as well as the liquid extract from the fresh plant.

Kelp Face Pack Recipe

Seaweed is amazing for firming up your skin and giving it a healthy "glow". Kelp, dulse, and wakame have similar properties to human plasma, and are also concentrated sources of many minerals (including iodine) and vitamins that leave skin nourished, soft, smooth, and radiant.

1 tablespoon kelp powder
1 tablespoon plain yogurt
1 tablespoon Chia gel (recipe below)

Mix the ingredients in a medium bowl, stirring until combined. Apply to clean facial skin, allowing the mixture to sit for 15 to 30 minutes. Remove gently with a washcloth that has been moistened in warm water.

Kelp Cautions

No health hazards or side effects are known.

Caution with pregnancy or nursing, consult physician before using.

Since kelp is rich in iodine, caution should be taken when one consumes it for a prolonged period.

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