The Story of Seaweed

Seaweed, which is classified as a type of algae, has been used all over the world for thousands of years. Since ancient times this wild and natural resource has been foraged from rocks and beach coastlines the world over for use as an important food source and aid to healing.

For thousands of years seaweed has been used by humans for many different purposes. Algae came into existence about 3.5 billion years ago and creates 75% of the air we breathe.

There are over 6000 types of seaweed. Some are suitable for human consumption or cosmetics and pharmaceutical purposes. Since the 18th century over 500 different species of seaweed / algae have been identified around the shores of Ireland.

Of the 500 species around the shores of Ireland, only a few are harvested and used commercially. Ireland is reported to have some of the best seaweed in the world due to its cold and turbulent waters off the west coast of Ireland.

Records indicate that in Ireland people started collecting seaweed or sea vegetables for a thousand years. Due to our unique geographic position, the west coast of Ireland is perfectly situated to produce seaweed in copious quantities. This ideal environment is due to large amounts of dissolved salts, nutrients and minerals from in-flowing rivers and rich tidal up-wellings from the Atlantic Ocean, producing the best quality seaweed in the world.

Historically bathing in seaweed has long been recognised as therapeutic and healing.

They say everything you’re looking for is right in front of you, you just got to look for it. One of the ocean’s greatest treasures is seaweed.  This is Nature gift to us. Yes, the same seaweed you get tangled up in on vacation!  But when you use it the right way, it can do amazing things for your skin, and your health.

In order to utilise the seaweed to its full potential Mathew and Gabriel established Atlantic Gold Irish Seaweed. Using the wild Atlantic seaweed, they set out to design and engineer a line of beauty and skin care products of the highest quality, aimed to deliver the benefits of seaweed for human kind.

Enjoy Nature’s Gift

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