About Seaweed Baths
The seaweed that grows on the nearby shore is packed full of the nutrients of the sea. A nutrient rich bath helps the body absorb the benefits of seaweed, rich in naturally occurring iodine, calcium, magnesium, vitamins E and F, that leaves your body feeling cleansed, refreshed and energised.
Seaweed bathhouses are a tradition in Ireland, as the wonderfully positive effects on the body have been appreciated for many centuries. They are not a recent phenomenon as many date from Edwardian times, when they were much more widespread than they are now. There were baths in most large seaside towns such as Salthill, Co. Galway, and Howth, Co. Dublin.
Essentially, seaweed baths are ordinary baths filled with hot seawater and seaweed, generally wracks such as Fucus serratus. The wrack is generally steam-treated prior to use so that it releases minerals, trace elements, and polysaccharides such as alginates. Many people swear by the efficacy of seaweed baths in the treatment of rheumatism and arthritis.
Seaweed is a fully renewable natural resource in Ireland. Since the 18th century over 800 species of seaweed from Irish waters have been identified. Ireland is one of the least densely populated countries in Europe and the West Coast of Ireland is the least densely populated parts of Ireland. There is no major industry on the West Coast, therefore our waters are some of the most unpolluted on earth.
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