Health Benefits of Seaweed Baths
Within the natural world there is no family of plants known which are more protective against radiation and environmental pollutants than sea vegetables or seaweed. Seaweed is packed with easy to absorb minerals such as calcium potassium iodine and zinc. Most importantly Iodine, which is rare in land plants, has been used as an antiseptic in surgery for centuries. Iodine is a relatively rare element in the Earth’s crust, but is concentrated in the oceans. It is the heaviest essential element known to be needed by all living organisms, but its rarity in many soils has led to many deficiency problems in the past with land animals and in human populations.
Brown seaweeds, used in the Connemara Seaweed baths contain more minerals and nutrients than their red and green counterparts. Seaweeds, especially Bladderwrack help to eliminate toxic build up due to everyday living. Irish people have the lowest Iodine levels in Europe and saltwater seaweed bathing helps the body to absorb this wonderful mineral and according to the Irish Journal of Medical Science “Irish women of child bearing age are not getting enough iodine in their diet”
Benefits of Saltwater Seaweed Baths:
- Arthritis & Rheumatism
- Eczema & Psoriasis
- Fungal Infections
- General wellbeing and relaxation
I had an amazing experience at Connemara Seaweed Baths in Leenane Co. Galway in July. After a steam bath while drinking copious amounts of spring mineral water, which apparently is free (it flows from the spring on Leenane Hill and contains no chemicals), it was off to the bath, with salt water from Renvyle (Killary Harbour can sometimes lack salinity), the fresh seaweed is picked daily from the shores, it was an hour of bliss, with discreet relaxing music in the background which left me and my partner both feeling ache free and silky soft (apparently the more you have, the better and at €20.00 not just for the owner Brian!) the candle light is a very nice and a flattering touch. I will definitely be back for more. You can view the Habour while taking the waters through the full length windows without the need of curtains, which was a novelty. Stayed in one of the larger ubercool new rooms and also stayed for dinner, bed & breakfast, for all included for the 3 days was €199.00 euros – amazing. (Please note that the above mentioned offer of €20 is a seasonal special, normal rates for seaweed bath and steam room/sauna are €25)
I highly recommend a visit to Soak Spa. From the tranquil atmosphere to the professional and friendly staff, I look forward to returning.