The sea has a relaxing effect on people. It is known that seawater and the marine environment provide a good feeling, healing effect and a positive effect on the well-being of individuals. The concept of Thalassotherapy, which means “Thalassa” in Greek, officially emerged in 1867 but evidence has shown thalassotherapy was practised by the ancient Romans and Egyptians.
Wallace J. Nichols even wrote a book called, Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Sea Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier and More Connected. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, he shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success. Blue Mind not only illustrates the crucial importance of our connection to water; it provides a paradigm shifting “blueprint” for a better life on this Blue Marble we call home.
Oceans cover over 70% of Earth, being home to up to 90% of the organisms on the planet. Many rich resources and unique environments are provided by the ocean. Additionally, bioactive compounds that multiple marine organisms have a great potential to produce can be used as nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, and cosmeceuticals.
Both primary and secondary metabolites are produced by algae. The first ones are directly implicated in development, normal growth, or reproduction conditions to perform physiological functions. Stress conditions, like temperature changes, salinity, environmental pollutants, or UV radiation exposure cause the performance of secondary metabolites.
In algae, proteins, polysaccharides, fatty acids, and amino acids are primary metabolites and phenolic compounds, pigments, vitamins, sterols, and other bioactive agents, all produced in algae tissues, are secondary metabolites. These algal active constituents have direct relevance in cosmetics.
Sea Results with Seaflora’s Sea Therapy.
As the world’s first skincare line based on USDA certified organic seaweed, Seaflora aims to preserve and promote thalassotherapy: the healing powers of wild seaweed, sea mud, and sea salts, and even the marine environment for health and beauty.
All Seaflora products begin formulation with a base of 100% pure, organic seaweeds to which organic plant botanicals and skin loving nontoxic ingredients are infused. Seaweed is full of humectants that draw in moisture from the environment, and of the many vitamins, vitamin E, is also excellent for hydrating. Full chain amino acids in seaweed help your skin’s collagen production and elasticity.
Powerful ocean movements collect mud into our coast’s intertidal pools. Our organic, hand-harvested ocean mud is nature’s perfect exfoliator for your skin. Ocean mud efficiently retains moisture and heat to encourage the passage of minerals into the body while working to cleanse skin, improve circulation, detoxify and boost skin cell regeneration.
Natural salt is an essential element for the survival of not only humans, but of all animals and even plants. Use of natural salt is as old as human history. It is an excellent source of accessory minerals essential for health. Natural, unrefined sea salt is an important component of ocean therapy, and of Seaflora formulas.
“The notion of going to the ocean for good health”
For thousands of years, the ocean has been a powerful life source to humanity, key to health, beauty, and relaxation. Thalassotherapy, the time-tested practice of ocean therapy, is derived from the Greek word meaning ‘sea’ or ‘ocean’. Thalassotherapy treatments replenish, re-mineralize, and revitalize to enhance good health and offer relaxation for mind, body and soul. Ocean therapy evolved to treat rheumatism, arthritis, joint troubles and injuries, as well as to promote beauty, anti-aging and to target chronic skin conditions.
Sea Water Minerals
Physiologically, the ocean contains all the necessary substances for human survival. The similar chemistry between seawater and our internal bodily fluids creates a seamless gateway for detoxification, re-mineralization, and hydration. The fluid in a mother’s womb, the saltiness of our tears, blood, and perspiration is the evidence to this natural connection. Seaflora’s mineral-rich seaweeds are incorporated fresh into all formulations, where the essence of ocean water is infused into each product.
Seaflora believes in ocean authentic, nontoxic beauty, free from the following commonly used cosmetic ingredients:
- Artificial Fragrances
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
- Propylene Glycol
- Mineral Oils
- Imidazolidinyl Urea
- BHA & BHT
- Coal Tar Dyes
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate
In France thalassotherapy has always been a treatment of choice for joint troubles, respiration issues, healing of wounds and bruises, and to preserve dermal youth. There is so much evidence of the health benefits of thalassotherapy that the treatments have been covered under their health care system for decades.
The first references to the curative uses of sea water came from ancient Romans in the fifth century B.C.E. In the following centuries, they built many curative facilities. In other words, spas, situated on coastlines!
Using a water heater, sea water and a vichy shower rail, thalassotherapy can be performed in any spa anywhere in the world. Using hot water dilates a person’s pores and blood vessels, allowing the skin to best absorb the bioavailable vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. When immersed in warm seawater, the body absorbs the minerals it needs – trace elements of magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, and iodine – through the skin. Different treatments have different effects, including pain relief, slimming and toning, detoxification, and relief of skin conditions like acne and eczema.
Treatments after heated mineral pools, aka ‘thalassotherapy pools, include sea mud and or sea salt Exfoliation to detoxify the body, stimulating the lymphatic system, helping to flush toxins and heavy metals from the body. Seaweed Body Wraps, which allow the beautifying properties of seaweed to quickly enter providing your body with the tools it needs to alkalize and heal, balancing the endocrine system and nourishing the body with 92 of the 102 minerals the body needs.
For decades, marine algae have been used as food and medicine, not only as food but also as extracts in food, dairy, cosmetics, and industrial applications. Algae is a valuable medicinal source because of its antioxidant, anticancer, and antiviral properties. Algae is regarded as a ‘full meal’, containing the proper proportions of proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals.
The principle is that repeated immersion in warm seawater, marine mud, and superfood, protein-rich algae helps restore the body’s natural chemical balance. Seawater and human plasma are very similar in terms of mineral content which means every cell in our body is continuously bathed in a substance akin to ocean water.
The pristine outer coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, is where Seaflora takes it’s roots, in one of the purest, untouched coastlines on Earth. Straight from the Salish Sea, wild seaweeds, sea mud, and sea salts are sustainably hand-harvested and minimally processed. Where we harvest we are surrounded by more American and Canadian National Parks than population.
Each product starts with a Wild, Organic, Seaweed Elixir. Yes, there is some ocean water in most Seaflora products, as all the seaweeds we hand-harvest are full of sea water!
Thalassotherapy is a traditional, preventative therapy that emphasizes self-preservation treatments, curative holistic approaches and sits at the heart of the history of medicine, pharma curatives and spa techniques. Skin is your biggest organ, absorbing up to 70% of what is topically applied. Boasting the highest concentration of marine ingredients in the world – Seaflora Organic Thalasso Skincare feeds your health & beauty!