Medicinal Benefits of Seaweed

Sometimes I am not sure what I am going to write about even though I always have lots to say – πŸ˜€ Then it just hits me like one of those giant blow up hammers, bonking me on the head!

giant hammer

As I am getting prepared for an herbal class for this evening, I am packing up a few herbs that only have a couple months of life left in them to sell at the class for those that may want to try a small amount before investing in like a whole pound.

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One of the herbs that I have lots of is dulse flakes – a half a pound which is like a gallon sized bag! Trying to remember why I bought so much in the first place got me to investigate more medicinal benefits besides the nutrition benefits. This brought me to my blog post today! Weird, how that happens, but thankful when my brain can’t focus on a topic. πŸ™‚

People forget about good old seaweed other than the occasional sushi wrap with a nori sheet – yum! When I originally ordered my Dulse Flakes, I REALLY wanted kelp but they were out. Found out, dulse is the better tasting one – less seaweedy, if that is even a word. I wanted it for a savory oatmeal recipe and a gomasio recipe that I tasted when I went earlier this year to the Organic Growers School. I made the oatmeal a few times and made the gomasio spice mixture, then kind of forgot about it! At the end of the post are the recipes for these.

So what’s dulse good for anyway?

It’s a superfood, super plant protein source filled with micronutrients, phytochemical, iodine and potassium. I think I have been lacking on the iodine because my skin is dry and my hair seems ALOT thinner. After further investigation, I found that this is a sign of low iodine and potassium!!!! Ugghhh…must fix!

Used for healing hypothyroidism, inhibits growth of lipid(fat) cells and is an antioxidant.

Ok back to hypothyroidism – check out these symptoms:

* fatigue
* dry skin and face
* muscle aches and pains
* chest pains
* unusual sensitivity to cold temperatures
* a lower than normal basal body temperature
* headaches and migraines
* constipation
* depression
* hair loss
* brittle and peeling nails
* high blood cholesterol
* weight gain or obesity
* heavy periods in females
AND here is the profile from Mountain Rose Herbs:

Dulse Flakes

Also known as

Palmaria palmata, Rhodymenia palmata, Red Dulse, Purple Dulse, and Sea Lettuce flakes.

Introduction

Dulse is a red seaweed harvested in the cool waters along Atlantic coast of Canada and also along the shores of Ireland and Norway. Its fronds grow in tidal areas on rocks, shells, and the larger, longer, brown seaweeds.

Dulse can be eaten raw, roasted, fried, dried, or roasted, or as a thickening agent for soups.

Constituents

Alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, calcium, chromium, cobalt, iodine, iron, lutein, manganese, magnesium, niacin, phosphorous, potassium, riboflavin, selenium, silicon, sodium, tin, vitamin C, zeaxanthin, and zinc.

Parts Used

The entire plant, dried and cut.

Typical Preparations

Added to food in the form of dried flakes or powder for a slightly salty flavor, can be drunk as a tea. Also suitable as an extract or capsule.

Summary

Dulse is an excellent source of phytochemicals and minerals, and a superior source of iodine.

Precautions

Don’t overdue, and avoid it entirely if you suffer hyperthyroidism. You only need a few flakes, or as little as a quarter-teaspoon a day, to get your mineral needs, and it is best to get your minerals from a variety of whole food and whole herb sources. Don’t use on a daily basis for more than 2 weeks at a time, taking a 2 week break before using again. This will prevent you from overdosing iodine with potential imbalance in thyroid function. For periodic use only and not to be taken for extended periods of time. Not to be used while pregnant.

For educational purposes only This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

These pages are best viewed while sipping tea

If you want to try some dulse, order hereΒ 

RECIPES!!!!

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Savory Oatmeal

1 cup oats

If using Steel cut oats, soak overnight to remove phytic acid.

2 cups water or bone broth

1 carrot grated

1/2-1 tsp. dulse flakes

gomasio to taste

1 tablespoon butter

Bring water to boil, add oats, dulse and carrots, cook according to type of oats. Regular – 5 minutes.

Add gomasio and butter during last minute. Cover and take off heat for 2-3 minutes. Makes two servings.

Gomasio Recipe

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Milk Thistle Seed – a couple teaspoons – for liver regeneration

Black pepper – small amounts – circulation potentiation

Sesame seeds – a couple teaspoons – iron

Kelps/dulse flakes – a couple teaspoons – trace minerals, iron

Sea Salt – to taste

Grind these all together and keep in a jar, use to taste as a seasoning, salad topper, or bottle pretty as a gift!

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Enjoy!

Anne-Marie

Shared on Wildcrafting Wednesday Β 

 

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  1. Thanks! I’ve been using it on my oatmeal on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. That’s how I can remember instead of the two weeks on, two weeks off. LOL! Just a pinch. It’s been a couple weeks since you gave it to me and even though I’m on generic synthroid, I think I can tell a difference in my muscle aches… or lack of. Anxious to see the cholesterol results in a few months. Thanks!

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