Detoxifying treatment to help your body let go of its baggage / Contains one deeply detoxifying bath with organic cotton bag
Straight Up Seaweed is like the low-key, energizing little sister to our ritualistic, soothing Ayla Sea Soak. This detox treatment is prepared and packaged in a way that makes it a great solution for frequent soakers whose bodies feel stressed or pushed to their limits; with just one powerful ingredient, Straight Up Seaweed provides a pleasantly sweaty and simple sense of release so that you can feel a little less bogged down.
Why we made it
We have been thrilled with the response to our original Sea Soak, the luxurious full-body remineralizing, rejuvenating, "turn-my-body-into-jelly" detox bath. Many (including us) have developed a full-blown, healthy addiction to it — and we wanted a low-key way for us frequent soakers to enjoy our seaweed fix even on days when we didn’t feel up to the full ritual.
So our innovative seaweed forager came up with a solution: the same Michelin-star-quality giant kelp from Santa Cruz, but quick-baked so that we can make more of it. The effect is different from the sun-dried marvel you’ll find in our Sea Soak; there’s very little gel to be squeezed out of this quick-baked kelp. And if you want to add salt, you can add your own sea salt from your kitchen. (Salt is always a good idea from a remineralizing perspective, and it will help pull a little gel into your bathwater to make it nicely nourishing and viscous. But in a pinch, you can go without.)
Straight Up Seaweed is simpler than its big-sister Sea Soak. But WOW, does it detoxify, because the baked seaweed retains the same detoxifying effects — ones that far surpass those of any other seaweed bath we've tried. And while the Sea Soak is soothing and calming and restorative, Straight Up Seaweed leaves you with a little more of an “I just detoxed myself!” pep. You'll feel a little lighter: relaxed yet energized, as though you've let go of some baggage so that your body and mind can do their thing.
Sounds like exactly what we all could use these days, doesn't it? (It is.) We suggest meditating during your bath with Andrea Ferretti and delighting your houseplants afterwards with a little compost tea.
How to Use
Fill your tub half-full with very hot water and sprinkle in 1/2 c of your favorite sea salt (optional). Then, pour all the seaweed into the accompanying cotton bag and tie it closed securely; drop it into the bath and let it steep for at least 10 minutes, then fill the tub completely with water. For best results, we suggest keeping the water quite hot.
Prepare to soak in your hot bath for 20-30 minutes. After about 5 minutes, you’ll feel your blood pumping; soon after that, you’ll start to sweat (don’t worry, this is supposed to happen).
As you soak, gently squeeze the cotton bag to release the kelp’s nutrients. This will turn your bathwater the same olive-green shade of your kelp.
4. REHYDRATE + RELAX.
Post-bath, drink 1-2 tall glasses of water. Don’t be surprised if you feel the need to lie down for a few minutes. Just trust that your body knows what it needs, and go with it.
Our giant kelp is hand harvested by our seaweed forager off the coast of Santa Cruz, California, where wild kelp beds are abundant. To ensure maximum potency, the kelp is rinsed in the Santa Cruz mountains immediately after harvest; it’s then gently baked in a certified organic oven.
Each element of the plastic-free packaging is recyclable or compostable, and the biodegradable organic cotton bag is hand-stitched in San Francisco. We have sourced, printed, or made as much of packaging as possible in the Golden State.
Macrocystis Pyrifera (Giant Kelp).
Macrocystis Pyrifera (Giant Kelp).
“Loved it! I had the same amount of sweat as I usually do with the Sea Soak, but somehow felt really energized after the Straight Up Seaweed bath.”