What makes Lochside Seaweed special is that our shore is home to 5 different varieties of Wild Natural Scottish Seaweed from the brown algae Fucus family with each member of the Fucus seaweed family having its own unique health and beauty benefits to provide therapeutic, detoxifying, softening, toning and anti-ageing benefits.
Fucus seaweeds contain a staggering amount of vitamins and minerals.......calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulfur, silicon,iron, phosphorus, selenium, manganese, zinc, vitamins A, B, C, E, G, K and S. They are rich in algin and mannitol, carotene and zeaxantin, bromine. However by far the most important element of brown seaweed is that they contain large quanities of iodine which is reponsible maintaining a healthy thyroid and metabolism, and fucodian which stimulate procollagen that supports skin elasticity and strength to body tissue.
Ascophyllum Nodosum (Egg Wrack)
This seaweed is the darling of the cosmetic industry and the particular variety that is used by Creme De la Mer due to its reported high high concentration of vitamins, itypically Vit C, Beta-Carotene, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, E, H, K3.
Fucus Serratus (Serrated Wrack)
It is reported that serrated wrack survives by filtering the ocean for nutrients and as a result amasses a huge amount of minerals and vitamins including magnesium, protein, fucoidan, retinol and derivatives (vitamin A). This seaweed has been used for hundreds of years in seaweed baths
Fucus Spiralis (Spiral Wrack)
Spiral wrack historically was used for treatment of arthritis, gout, goitre, corns, weight-reducing, revitalising, re-mineralising bath treatments. It was a bath with this seaweed that started our passion for seaweed bathing that led to the formation of Lochside Seaweed Salts and Minerals. A bath with freshly cut, natural (i.e. not dried) Fucus Spiralis is a real experience.
Depending on the time of year, we can supply a bag of freshly harvested Fucus Spiralis.
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Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladder Wrack)
When used in hot water baths Bladder Wrack releases alginic acid and iodine and minerals. This seaweed is widley used by large cosmetic companies in skincare products.
Pelvetia Canaliculata (Channelled Wrack)
This seaweed survives at the very top of the shore and exposed to the suns rays more than any other of the brown seaweeds. As a result, this seaweed is repudiated to contains large quantaties of anti-oxidant properties.