Arame seaweed (Eisenia arborea) is a type of kelp. It is harvested in Japan, Peru and the North Pacific Coast.
Its blades become wide leaves of up to a foot in length. They are sliced into long strands, cooked, and then left to dry in the sun.
Seaweeds contain up to twenty times the levels of elements found in land plants. Their mineral content can include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. They are also rich in vitamins.
They are highly nutritious; containing beta-carotene (a potent antioxidant) and arame contains particularly high levels of iodine.
In herbalism, they are considered one of the best adaptogens, meaning that seaweeds may help to correct disorders in the body.
We use seaweeds in different ways; we simmer fresh or dried whole seaweeds, and we reconstitute extracted seaweed to obtain the softening gel.
We use arame seaweed in our Sea Vegetable soap for its unusual texture. It also softens the skin as you lather.
Our Big Blue Bath Ballistic has strands of arame seaweed mixed through it. Once the seaweed is in the water, the surface softens and releases its nutrients.
Our arame seaweed is from Ise.