This olive-brown seaweed is found at all British coastal areas and around the Irish coasts, too. It grows densely on the seashore; each serrated, strap-like frond is about two centimetres wide and originates from a stalk, anchoring it to the seabed.
Crude preparations and extractions of seaweeds have been used for their medicinal properties for centuries. They were often used to make cough remedies, soothing lotions and cosmetics. Alginates of seaweed origins are used to form emulsions, barrier creams and hand creams.
Toothed wrack seaweed contains large amounts of vitamins, minerals and trace elements, which strengthen the hair. These days it is still widely used in toothpaste, medication and toiletries.
We gather toothed wrack seaweed from Poole harbour. We then infuse it in boiled water and add it to the product.