Phaeophyceae Also known as Bladder wrack
DISTRIBUTION: Brown algae grow in the coastal regions of the North Atlantic, from Northern Europe, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea to the Canaries and Morocco. In America, they can be found from Canada to the Caribbean; and they are also native to the coast of Brazil.
DESCRIPTION: Algae represent our world ‘s green lung, as they generate about 50% of our planet’s oxygen by extracting it from carbon dioxide. Some kinds of brown algae grow up to 100 meters long. They are strong enough to withstand the currents of tides and waves and they are extremely resistant to UV radiation.
APPLICATION: Brown algae are dried after harvest and then processed for various uses. For example, they are used to treat metabolic disorders and thyroid conditions. Their leaves can be used in baths to relieve rheumatic pains, or for making tea.
EFFECT: Brown algae (commonly referred to as seaweed) is used as an emollient (to soften and smooth skin), for anti-bacterial purposes and as an antioxidant. Brown algae are rich in minerals and trace elements. They moisturize the skin and keep it smooth and supple. Additionally, they have soothing and regenerating properties, regulate the body’s cellular energy and promote cell renewal. Brown algae helps to prevent the natural cell aging process. As the body ages, cells tend to rejuvenate slower and are unable to repair themselves as they once were. But brown algae have been shown to prevent this slowdown and keep skin cells operating efficiently.
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