The BIG reason I traveled to Ireland was to study seaweed.
This idea grew out of the passing mention of Irish seaweed baths from my travel buddy, Em. From there, we were unstoppable.
We did months of research around seaweed, we scoured the internet for herbalists, physicians and researchers working with seaweed. We found seaweed bath houses and we plotted a path that would take us from one end of Ireland to the other.
It was nothing short of amazing.
The practice of bathing in seaweed dates back to the late 19th century in Ireland. The elderly would take seaweed baths to prepare for winter. Interestingly enough, the bath can help to alleviate painful arthritic and rheumatic conditions, making the notion of “preparing for winter” quite accurate. Arthritic pain is generally aggravated by cold weather, which is why my grandmother, who resides in New Jersey, often travels to Florida to…
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