Advent nature table day 16

And a familiar beachcombing find today, bladderwrack.

Or Fucus vesiculosusIf you follow the general rule of thumb that the more common names a plant has the more useful it is then bladderwrack does well; Wikipedia lists black tang, rockweed, bladder fucus,sea oak, black tany, cut weed, dyers fucus, red fucus, and rock wrack. It is of medical interest due to the iodine it contains, which makes it useful for thyroid problems. It also has skin thinning and elasticising properties, which means that it may prove useful as an anti-ageing ingredient at some point. But anti-ageing treatments are rather like the holy grail, so I wouldn’t rush out and smother yourself in wrack tomorrow. Unless you like the smell, in which case do.

A shot of the nature (table) bowl next to the ends of my to-do list, on which ‘run’ has yet to be crossed out.

4.64 miles.


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sophie says:

    When I was a child I used to spend hours on the beach popping the vesicles, like some people do with bubble wrap.

    1. mercyjm says:

      That is just such a Sophie thing to do x

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