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Body & Soul: Irish Moss Seaweed Lotion


| February/March 2008

Makes 4 ounces
If mermaids had a beauty secret, it would be seaweed, which is very soothing to the skin and helps with skin cell renewal. This lotion is perfect after a day in the sun. You can find Irish moss, also called carrageenan, at natural food stores. 

  • 1 tablespoon powdered Irish moss
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • ¼ cup aloe vera gel
  • 2 tablespoons almond oil 
  1. Soak Irish moss in distilled water for 20 minutes. Pour mixture into a small saucepan and boil for 20 minutes. Strain off solids; you will have a clear jelly.
  2. Measure ¼ cup of the seaweed jelly, then mix it with the aloe vera gel. Let the mixture cool completely.
  3. Pour seaweed mixture into a blender and blend on low speed; slowly add the almond oil in a thin stream until blended. You will have a light, white lotion.
  4. Pour lotion into a clean container. To use, massage a small amount into your skin.


Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty at Home and Natural Beauty from the Garden (Henry Holt & Company, New York). For more recipes and ideas, visit her website at www.JaniceCox.com.

Click here for the original article,  Body & Soul: Natural Sea Beauty .





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