KELP: “Protector from the Sea”
Heart Disease, Infection Prevention, Toxic Heavy Metals
Also Known As: Arame, Bladder Fucus, Bladderwrack, Cutweed, Fucus, Hijiki, Kombu, Sea Vegetables; in Japan, Seawrack and Wakame
Kelp is a great source for iodine and is also used to treat goiters. A few modern herbalists recommend it for the thyroid. Kelp is a seaweed that grows as high as 200 feet in North America, Japan and Europe. Early fishermen wrapped and baked fish with it.
Kelp is said to have an unpleasant taste. To take advantage of the goodness of kelp, tablets are the way to go. If you decide to do an infusion, add 2 to 3 teaspoons of dried powder per cut of boiling water and steep for 10 minutes. Drink no more than 3 cups a day.
USE: (Grow Your Own)
Buy kelp from commercial sources. It grows in cold water off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America. When it is fresh, it has a strong odor, but baking it will deodorize the odor. If you are adventurous, try some kelp recipes from a Japanese cookbook or develop a taste for sushi, which contains a considerable amount of kelp.
The Food and Drug Administration includes kelp on the list as being generally safe.