Before I moved to Asia, I never really thought about seaweed, let alone ate it. Five years in Asia though, and seaweed is pretty much part of every day life for me. Eaten by the Japanese for thousands of years, it’s now consumed in mass quantities by most other Asian countries too. Seaweed is an amazing substance and is used all over Asia. In fact, you can do a lot of things with seaweed, not only eat it. These are just a few things to do with seaweed. You can probably do a lot more.
Eat it in a meal – Obviously, one of the easy things to do with seaweed is to eat it in a meal. Seaweed can be eaten wrapped around fish and rice – sushi. Seaweed can also be eaten in soup, in salads, or with rice balls. Here in Asia, we also eat it dried and ground up and sprinkled on rice dishes or noodles.
Eat it as a snack – Another great thing to do with seaweed is eat it as a snack. I love snacking on seaweed. It’s tasty, very low in calories and really healthy for you. Throughout most of Asia, you can buy snack seaweed in small and big packets, and either fried or dried. I tend to eat the dried seaweed as fried adds unneeded calories. It’s also very cheap at only around 25 cents a packet and even acts as a detox for your body while you’re eating it. Yummy, healthy snack, but you won’t get fat.
Use it as a beauty treatment – Seaweed has been used for centuries as a beauty treatment. Fresh seaweed is the best, but you can also use dried seaweed if it’s too difficult to get fresh seaweed. Grind it up until it’s in the form of a paste (if you use dried seaweed, you’ll have to add an almond or coconut oil to make it paste like, or soak it in mineral water first). Then rub it all over your body, wrap yourself in a towel, so the seaweed gets warm, and go lie down for at least 15 minutes. A wonderful thing to do with seaweed, as your skin will end up smooth and rejuvenated.
Bathe in it – Add fresh or dried seaweed to a hot bath, then take a relaxing bath for at least 15-30 minutes. Seaweed baths have been used for a few hundred years as a treatment for arthritis and rheumatism. They’re also great as a beauty treatment as the heat of the water releases the seaweed’s oils and makes your skin lovely and soft. And don’t worry. It’s not smelly or slimy, it’s really nice. Bathing in it is an amazing thing to do with seaweed as it makes you feel incredibly relaxed and healthy.
Feed it to your horse or cattle – I grew up riding horses and one thing my horse trainer used to do was feed our horses kelp tablets (or seaweed pills). You can also chop up some sheets of dried seaweed and mix it into their feed. Seaweed gives horses much needed iodine. In fact, it’s been noticed that horses that are regularly given seaweed tend to have better immune systems and less respiratory problems. Just make sure you don’t give your horse too much seaweed, as they can get iodine poisoning if loaded down with it. Two or three times a week is enough. You can also feed it to sheep, goats and cows for the same health benefits.
There are many other things you can do with seaweed. It’s one of the healthiest foods on the market, as it cleans your body of toxins and gives you lovely hair and skin. It’s also marvelous as a beauty treatment outside and inside your body and even healthy for your livestock. Some people even say seafood is beneficial for acne, depression, diabetes, cancer, sore throats, yeast infections and lots more illnesses. So, whatever things you do with seaweed, it’s likely they’re all healthy for you.