Kelp refers to several species of large, brown algae that can grow to enormous sizes far out in the depths of the ocean. Kelp is a type of seaweed, but not all seaweed is kelp: "seaweed" loosely describes any type of vegetation growing in the ocean, including many other types of algae and plants.
The primary chemical constituents of Kelp include algin, carrageenan, iodine, potassium, bromine, mucopolysaccharides, mannitol, alginic acid, kainic acid, laminine, histamine, zeaxanthin, protein, and vitamins B-2 and C. Kelp is a nutritional source that is used to promote healthy glandular functions, focusing especially on the thyroid. Kelp is especially high in iodine, which must be present for proper glandular function. By regulating the thyroid, Kelp helps stimulate and balance the metabolism. The large amounts of iodine found in Kelp are important in the treatment of an under-active thyroid. Consequently, Kelp may contribute to weight loss if the weight gain is directly related to thyroid disorders. Containing algin, a fiber that absorbs toxins and nutrients from the digestive system, Kelp helps improve digestion, stimulate kidney function, increase circulation, and purify the blood. Kelp has also been known to treat inflamed joints and tissues caused by arthritis & rheumatism. Furthermore, Kelp enhances the immune system and eliminates the negative effects that stress may have on the body. It can help absorb and remove drugs, chemicals, heavy metals, and radioactive strontium 90 from the body. It can also help to normalize overly low blood pressure. Known topical uses for this herb include its use as a compress or oil for arthritic joints, as a bath herb for cellulite & weight loss and as a lotion for its skin-softening qualities.
Kelp is especially high in iodine, which must be present for proper glandular function and metabolism. It also contains iron, sodium, phosphorus and calcium, as well as magnesium and potassium. Kelp is a source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E, plus amino acids. Kelp also makes a popular salt substitute. Because the plant’s nutrients come in a natural form, they are easily assimilated by the body. The electrolytic magnetic action of kelp releases excess body fluids from congested cells and dissolves fatty wastes through the skin, replacing them with depleted minerals, particularly potassium and iodine. As iodine boosts thyroid activity, food fuels are used before they can turn into fatty deposits.
Kelp slowly releases nutrients, up to two years Kelp improves soil texture, promotes natural flora and worms. Kelp contains large quantities of the natural growth hormones auxins, gibberellin and cytokinin. Kelp promotes faster growth and germination. Kelp promotes the general health of the plant, including drought and frost resistance. Kelp is non-toxic and is an excellent tonic for plants. Kelp is a natural and safe replacement for chemical fertilizers. Kelp will not harm pets or children.
Kelp will promote stronger stem and leaf growth. Kelp contains Mannitol, which enables plants to better absorb nutrients from the soil. Kelp stimulates beneficial soil bacteria that fix nitrogen and make it available to the plant. Kelp is free of foreign seeds and contamination. Kelp greatly reduces the need for additional fertilizers...up to 90% less. Kelp has algin, which will retain moisture and cut irrigation 20-80%, depending on soil texture. Kelp studies at the Universities of Maryland and Clemson show an increase in plant resistance to fungi, molds, aphids, flea beetles, spider mites, and scabs. Kelp grown fruits and vegetables have a longer shelf life. Kelp adds humus to the soil.
Kelp has natural organic antibiotics, bromophenol, tanning, phloroglucinol, and terpenoid, which fend off bacteria and viruses and repel some insects in the garden. Kelp improves soil fertility as nutrients and hormones are directly available to the plant.