Also known as rockweed or bladderwrack, one of the most abundant seaweeds in the ocean.
It grows on rocky shorelines.
Only tips above the holdfast are harvested to preserve this perennial.
It can be harvested year-round.
Bladderwrack is found in the middle to high intertidal shores rocky inter-tidal zone and upper subtidal zones along the Pacific West Coast.
Rich in iodine, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, potassium, protein, algin, musilage, mannitol, fucoidan, lysine, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, E, and K.
It can be made into tea. Use to thicken soups and stew. Flavor is mild and salty-sweet.
Stimulates the immune system; eases inflammation;
Balances thyroid, treats goiter, aids in weight loss, treats lymphadenoid symptoms;
Cleanses the kidney and is diuretic; soother painful joints;
Detoxifies the body tissues; fights free radicals, stimulates adrenal glands;
Supports recovery from chronic illness; aids arthritis; promotes healing of sprains and bruises;
Aids gout; treats enlarged and hardened glands; balances blood sugar;
Treats bacterial and fungal infections; thins the blood; prevents cancer.
Historically used to treat tuberculosis.