I’ve decided to write a blog on seaweed to inspire myself to find more recipes and use it even more. I really believe seaweed is a miracle food. It’s good for bones, teeth, general development and thyroid health. If you pick up packaged seaweed and read the amount of nutrients in it, it’s really remarkable. Seaweeds and Sea vegetables are rich in minerals and trace elements, including calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, iodine, manganese, chromium and more, at levels much greater than those found in land vegetables.
Here are some ways I currently use seaweeds:
Carrageen moss, for cough drinks - see recipe below.
Nori sheets torn into pieces and added to noodle and fish dishes as a topping (toasted for a few seconds under the grill they are crispy and delicious). You can get kombu sprinkles or ground kelp in some shops also or online to sprinkle over foods.
Kombu and carrageen added to soups and stews.
Sea Salad is great for sprinkling over soups as an addition.
I make Nori rolls filled with avocado, mango, (smoked salmon for those who eat it) and grated carrot served with picked ginger, wasabi and tamari soy sauce. In our house these are really popular, I make them less often than I’d like, they are always a treat. My daughter will gobble them up, my son will pick off the nori and eat the rest; you can’t please everyone!
My son is the one who really taught me the benefits of seaweed when he suffered with awful coughs as a child. We eventually got clear of these using homeopathy but for a time they were very regular and horrible. On one of these occasions a visiting friend suggested carrageen and I never looked back. It eases the phlegm and helps the cough to loosen and works with the other remedies to clear it up. It’s so full of minerals the body just laps it up. We mix it with squeezed oranges and honey. Miraculously, my son drank it happily when he needed it. We haven’t heard one of those coughs for a couple of years now but if one appeared the carrageen would be straight out.
I’ve also used seaweed in the garden and made my own seaweed bath at home which was very relaxing, though you can’t beat a trip to the seaweed baths in Clare or Sligo for a fantastic soak and relax. The oils are very good for the skin particularly if you suffer from any skin condition like psoriasis or eczema.
Carageen Cough Drink:
The recipe we use is more or less what’s on some of the packs:
Cover a handful of carrageen moss with cold water and soak for 5-15 minutes. Bring to the boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Strain ¾ mug of the gloopy liquid, add juice of 1-2 squeezed oranges and add honey to taste. Drink while hot. You can make larger amounts but for a child they might only drink one half cup at a time. I tried to give it 3 times daily if possible for a few days.
Irish Seaweed Kitchen - Prannie Rhatigan
Seaweed and Eat it: A family foraging and cooking adventure by Fiona Houston
Siobhán Daffy runs Natural Rhythms Homeopathy & Holistic Healing from Alethea Centre, Parkwest, Dublin 12. She sees a lot of children and families in her practice and enjoys writing in her spare time. She is co-organiser of the Irish Natural Family Health Conference in Dublin March 2018. This information is intended as a guide only and is not to be taken as medical advice.