If we think back to how this all started, it was a windless day in February, a few years back...
A remote beach. There is no rain, but a fog hangs nonchalantly in the air. It appears to have no desire to dissipate any time soon.
Grim though it is, its enveloping stillness is strangely comforting. Waves crash in the distance, their sound muffled by the fog...
Out of the fog a man approaches. He meanders up the beach, away from the sea.
Wearing a wetsuit, he carries a surfboard under one arm, a clump of something in the other. He stops to adjust his grip on both, they seem equally important.
A short way behind, I too walk up the beach, carrying my surfboard.
I catch up, and, interested, I talk to him. Our words are muffled by the mist and distant surf. We are audible only to each other.
“What’s with the seaweed?”
“It’s for my wife, she likes to put it in the bath…”
“Seriously? That sounds strange!”
“No, it’s great, you should try it! It makes the water go all viscous, my kids love it, and it’s actually great for my skin. I get skin problems, and it really helps”
“There’s a clump of it down there…”
“Ok, great, I’ll try it out!”
I walk back towards the surf, wet sand cold between my toes and find a rock covered in seaweed. Wondering if anyone is watching, I pick a large clump, hurriedly walk back to my car, stuff it into a bag, and head home excited and triumphant in my new discovery!
“What is it?”
“It’s seaweed! I met a guy on the beach who said we should put it in the bath and get in with it!”
The seaweed is now sitting in the shower tray, looking slightly alarming. Hannah, while appreciative of my noble efforts to present her with a bunch of something (flowers would probably have been her first choice), is somewhat sceptical about my suggestion of getting in a bath with it. Still, she’s patient, gentle and secretly a little curious.
Steam fills the bathroom, as hot water meets wild sea plant. It readily gives off its secret essences into the water.
“I’m getting in!”
“What’s it like?!”
“Weird but… nice!”
“Ok I’m getting in too… Oooh, it is nice!”
“I feel sooo relaxed…”
“My skin feels amazing! And my hair!”
“Let’s do this again!”
A little later, relaxed and warmed from our first seaweed bath, we sleep soundly in our bed, in our cosy house just by the sea. Over the next few days, our love affair with this new found treat develops. Then we start to wonder…
“I wonder if anyone else is doing this?”
“It looks like there’s a bit of a history of it in Ireland, Brittany and Norway...”
“Maybe we should do a Cornish version? Then we can send it to people that don’t live near the sea…”
“Then they could have a part of Cornwall, and the sea in their bathrooms too!”
“Let’s do it!”
And so our little business began. And then a little while later...
Koko joined us...
We are passionate about natural health and the sea.
With a background in natural health, and living next to the sea here in far West Cornwall, it was inevitable that we would discover the amazingness of our local seaweeds…