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Beauty of the Fae: Selkie's Seaweed Bath

A Selkie knows that when she slips out of her sealskin and walks on land she is bound to encounter harsh sea winds that dry her skin, and the aches that plague a mortal woman. But when she dives back into the sea and resumes her life as a seal, the salt water and sea botanicals soften her skin and alleviate soreness.

She must be careful while walking on land though. If a mortal man takes her sealskin and hides it from her, she must stay with him until the day that she manages to steal it back and return to her underwater country, where her heart really belongs. Such is the life of a Selkie, a beautiful sea creature of Scottish folklore.

For this treatment, she recommends heaping armfuls of fresh seaweed into your tub, but for those not near the sea, you can opt for organic dried seaweed that can be found in your grocery store or for purchase from various companies that harvest sustainably.

Thalassotherapy is the application of sea water and sea botanicals to treat a number of common skin and body ailments, and has been utilized for centuries across the world. Seaweed itself contains many beneficial minerals that can soothe skin and aid in restoring a tired body.

Suitable for all skin.

You will need:

1 lb Whole leaf or coarsely chopped Bladderwrack seaweed

  1. Place seaweed in a muslin cloth bag, cheesecloth bag, or large tea bag.

  2. Run a bath with hot water. As the water is running, add the seaweed bag to the bath and let the water fill completely. The water should turn a slight color and feel slick.

  3. Slip out of your seal skin and hide it somewhere safe. Soak in the nourishing, mineral-rich bathwater.


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