Friday, 29 June 2018

The Cornish Seaweed Company & Living Sea Therapy

For the past 7 months, I have had the pleasure of using the Living Sea Therapy products and what a lovely 7 months it's been. The products are luxurious but still have that rugged Cornish charm that I adore. I've learnt about the products in more detail the more I use them, but I was eager to get out to sea with the Cornish Seaweed team to see how they harvest the seaweed every product sold by Living Sea.

Last week Sarah Clarke from Checkered Photography and I set off on a little adventure to learn more about The Cornish Seaweed Company. Here's what we got up to.

Arriving at Coverack cover my first thought was, why have I never been here before?!
As a surfer, it's so easy to stick to the coastline that has surf and ultimately never leaves. There are so many beautiful parts of Cornwall that I have never visited before and Coverack cover is one. Thankfully I have now ticked it off my list and now know it's somewhere I'd like to visit again in the future. We parked up, and the Sarah and the Cornish Seaweed team (which consisted of Tim & Dan) got into their wetsuits, while I made sure I had enough water and Renne with me (the joys of pregnancy).

The harbour that they launch from is tiny, a very quaint working harbour, and as it stands The Cornish Seaweed Company are the only ones seaweed harvesters who work from there. The boat the work from is essentially a rib, now I don't know boats at all, but I was surprised to see such a small boat. We loaded it up the boat with buckets, bags and their all-important scissors to sip the seaweed with and set off.

As we cruised along out of the harbour, the light northerly winds hit, and I began to get a refreshing saltwater spray to the face! I instantly regretted not packing waterproofs!

Reaching our first spot, Tim and Dan scouted for the best place to anchor up, the water visitability around this part of the coast is fantastic, so it was easy to spot the seaweed amongst the rocks. We anchored up, and Dan strapped on his weight belt, snorkel and mask, grabbed his scissors and got to work.

The process was speedy, efficient and unbelievably simple. I honestly thought there would be a significant process for collecting the seaweed, but it couldn't be further from that. Merely dive down with scissors, cut the seaweed, swim back up, bag it up and go again!

Tim and Dan took it in turns, while Sarah jumped in to document the process. Unable to do a lot due to being 31 weeks pregnant I stayed on the boat, helping collect the seaweed and recording my day on my Instagram stories, which can be seen in my story highlights.

It was great to get the chance to see which seaweed goes in which products and in fact the Sea Spaghetti which they were harvesting that day, goes into every single Living Sea Therapy product. I got to ask Tim a lot of questions about the nutritional value of the seaweed and the impact on the environment their harvesting has. Here are some awesome facts:

- Boasting more Vitamins & Minerals than ANY other food!

- Seaweed can only be harvested by hand

- Only a part of each individual plant can be cut, above the point of growth to allow regrowth

- The key factors that make seaweeds so tough are ‘alginates’, which lock in moisture. They provide the same effect when you put them on your skin, helping to prevent it from drying out.

- All three seaweeds in our Living Sea Complex® are packed full of magnesium, manganese, calcium, copper, iodine, iron, potassium, phosphorous and zinc, essential elements for life. They are also rich in natural vitamins, especially A, B, C, D, E, and K.

I think it's safe to say I have a new found appreciation for the Living Sea Therapy & The Cornish Seaweed Company products. Their ingredients are so beneficial to our bodies both inside and out, and they'r.e created in the simplest of ways. 

Now, back to the harvesting, now with a boat full of seaweed we headed back into the harbour and back to The Cornish Seaweed Company HQ. This is where I got to find out how the seaweed is preserved. It's dried out with a giant dehumidifier and heaters in containers. I got to assist with this first hand, and I loved it. It's always good to get stuck in, and I wasn't going to miss out on the chance to help the guys. 

Luckily for both Sarah and I, we got to go home with some The Cornish Seaweed Company and Living Sea Therapy products to enjoy at home. I can't wait to test out a recipe from their website.

Here are the images Sarah captured on the day. 


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