Scientific Name: Fucus vesiculosus, Fucaceae
AKA: Kelp, Seawrack, Kelpware, Black-tang, Bladder Fucus, Cutweed, Seaweed, Sea Oak, Black Tany, Cutweed, Fucus Sea-Wrack, Kelp-Ware, Black-Tang, Quercus Marina, Cutweed, Bladder Fucus, Fucus vesiculeux, Blasentang, Seetang, Meeriche
Parts Used: The entire plant
Active Compounds: Phenolic compounds;, Phloroglucinol; Mucopolysaccharides; Sulphuryl-, sulphonyl- and phosphonyl-glycosyl ester diglycerides; Polar lipids; Trace metals, including iodine and bromine compounds of sodium and potassium.
Background: Historically used in the British Isles as an alternative for manure and artificial fertilizer for broccoli and potato crops, Bladderwrack was dried and sprinkled on the ground or burnt and the ash used in the same way. Bladderwrack was also used as a fuel and as a feed for cattle.
Applications: Diuretic and Anti-hypothyroid
Anti-hypothyroid – thought to regulate the thyroid function and improve associated symptoms of under active thyroid such as obesity. Bladderwrack's diuretic properties most likely assist in weight loss as well.
Bladderwrack is known to help relieve rheumatoid arthritis and can be used both internally and externally to soothe inflamed joints. Bladderwrack can be used as an antigoiter treatment.
Description: Bladderwrack is a seaweed found in the cold waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. It is a perennial plant ranging in color from light yellow to brownish-green and grows up to 2 – 3 feet in length. Bladderwrack leaves are fan shaped and it attaches itself to rocks via root-like extremities growing from its leathery stalk.
Tablet form – Bladderwrack may be purchased and ingested as a dietary supplement.
Infusion – Pour a cup of boiling water over several tsp. of dried Bladderwrack plant and steep for 10 minutes. Infusion should be drunk three times per day.
Consult a physician if you have a thyroid condition.
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