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Can you use Seaweed in a Wood Fired Hot Tub & What are the Health Benefits?

Updated: Aug 15, 2022

Seaweed bathhouses were common in Europe at the end of the 19th century, Ireland boasting 300 or so traditional bathhouses at the time with only a few seaweed bathhouses remaining today across most large seaside towns such as Salthill, Co. Galway, and Howth, Co. Dublin, however you can take all the health benefits of bathing in seaweed in the private comfort of your very own oasis by adding seaweed into your wood fired hot tub where you can enjoy the cleansing thermal experience.

Can you use Seaweed in my Wood Fired Hot Tub & what are the health benefits?
Can you use Seaweed in my Wood Fired Hot Tub & what are the health benefits?

Can I use seaweed in my wood fired hot tub?

Yes, however if you are going to add raw organic Fucus Serratus Seaweed into your wood fired hot tub, we would recommend placing the raw seaweed into a linen bag so that the seaweed particles don’t get trapped in the wood burner itself as the water circulates through the system by convention, plus if you have opted for a hydrotherapy wood fired hot tub, the last thing you want is for any of the seaweed particles being trapped within your circulation pump or worse, in the pipes itself.

Prior to adding seaweed into your wood fired hot tub we would recommend you contact your wood fired hot tub dealer prior to usage as adding seaweed may invalidate your warranty due to the high contents of salts within the seaweed itself which may corrode your wood burning stove. You will be glad to know that Penguin Spas collection of BaltoScandia wood fired hot tub stoves are made using marine grade steel which is perfect in the use of seaweed bathing.

How do I add the seaweed into my wood fired hot tub?

Once your wood fired hot tub has reached your ideal bathing temperature, submerse the seaweed bag into the water and allow the bag to soak in the hot water for 5-10 minutes to allow the seaweed to hydrate and infuse the water with the plant’s natural compounds.

Gently step into your wood fired hot tub and submerse yourself allowing the seaweed to detoxify your body. Soak in the wood fired hot tub and squeeze the bag to release more of the seaweed’s goodness. You can also use the bag like an exfoliating sponge to apply the seaweed bioactive compounds directly to your skin and hair.

What are the health benefits of adding seaweed into my wood fired hot tub or bath?

Many therapeutic benefits are attributed to seaweed bathing. Scientific studies have confirmed that seaweed bathing helps lower body stress and relieve skin conditions (psoriasis, eczema, acne etc). It has also been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of muscle aches and joint stiffness (rheumatism and arthritis), and excellent for some circulatory problems. Seaweed treatments are associated with body toning, slimming and the release of toxins. Indeed, the therapeutic merit of seaweed can be aptly described as one of nature’s timeless treasures, fostering beauty, balance and vitality.

In a seaweed bath, seaweed and seawater are infused and the mineral concentration within the infusion is much greater than in seawater alone. Seaweed is one of nature’s sponges and as such absorbs and concentrates minerals from the sea. Since seawater and seaweed contain minerals essential to the function of the human skin cells, it is understandable that their topical application can be of great benefit. To a large extent the transference of minerals works on the principle of osmosis, whereby the skin is capable of absorbing the nutrient rich infusion through the cells. The steam session and the hot water dilate the pores and blood vessels, allowing the skin to be more receptive to the minerals and vitamins from the bath. The hot water increases blood circulation and cell oxygenation. The increase in blood flow also helps dissolve and eliminate toxins from the body and increases the flow of oxygen rich blood throughout the body, bringing improved nourishment to vital organs and tissues.

Can I pick my own seaweed from any beach?

The marine licensing regime - provided under section 21(1) (item 6) of the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 - may regulate the removal of seaweed in those cases where a vehicle, vessel, aircraft, marine structure or floating container is used to remove the seaweed from the seabed.

Collecting seaweed from the beach for hot tub BaltoScandia

In cases where The Crown Estate is the landowner, a lease for wild harvesting operations will be issued to operators who collect seaweed for commercial reward. Collection or foraging of seaweed in small quantities for personal use is considered to be akin to "blackberrying" and does not require a lease. The Crown Estate recommend that anyone doing so takes account of environmental sensitivity in collecting anything from the wild.

Read the Scottish Government publication - Consultation paper

Seaweed Bathing - Safety

We do not recommend a seaweed bath if you are: in the first trimester of pregnancy (up to 14 weeks); are diabetic; are less than 6 weeks post-surgery; have medical stitches still in place; have a seaweed/iodine allergy; an overactive thyroid gland, a neurological disorder or have been advised by a medical professional to avoid hot water and steam.


What is the best wood fired hot tub to buy UK?

Buying a new wood fired hot tub is always an exciting experience, but there are so many options to choose from and can sometimes be difficult to narrow down the best wood fired hot tub for your needs. Penguin Spas is here to help. Our mission is to help you choose your perfect wood fired hot tub for you to enjoy and relax.

Traditional Wood Fired Hot Tubs

Traditional Wood Fired Hot Tubs

Choose the very best from our range of traditional Scandinavian wood fired hot tubs that have been designed to be simple and timeless with an elemental everlasting design.

Fiberglass Wood Fired Hot Tubs

Fiberglass Wood Fired Hot Tubs

Choose from our exclusive premium collection of BaltoScandia eco-friendly handcrafted luxury fiberglass wood fired hot tubs with Scandinavian Thermowood cladding.

Stainless Steel Wood Fired Hot Tubs

Stainless Steel Wood Fired Hot Tubs

View our beautifully UK designed stainless steel wood fired hot tubs. Our range of Stainless-steel hot tubs are eco-friendly in the environment and green by their nature.

Plunge Cold Tubs and Ice Tubs

Plunge Cold Tubs

Cold water and ice therapy with our plunge tub. After enjoying the hot tub or sauna, many bathers will quickly cool themselves down by getting into a cold plunge pool or ice bath.

Accessories for your wood fired hot tub


Make your wood fired hot tub experience more pleasurable with our large range of accessories including hydrotherapy jets, sand filtration system, salts, and chemicals.


About Penguin Spas Premium Outdoor Living

Here at Penguin Spa Premium Outdoor Living, we are passionate about delivering the best quality hot tubs, best in energy efficiency, great value for money, and unbeatable customer service. Our friendly team is here to help you choose the right hot tub for your needs and your budget.

Award Winning Penguin Spas Premium Outdoor Living Showroom - Scotland
Award Winning Penguin Spas Premium Outdoor Living Showroom - Scotland

Penguin Spas AWARDS Energy Efficiency and showroom of the year

Our new Scottish outdoor living showroom is an oasis of calm, showcasing a large selection of multiple award-winning hot tubs, wood fired hot tubs and accessories we have to offer. Based in Yieldshields, near Carluke – right in the central belt of Scotland – we are within easy reach of the M74 & M8 motorway network and less than 35-minute drive to the city of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Since 2012, Penguin Spas Outdoor Living have been devoted at creating and supplying elaborate products which are all designed to help improve people’s health, wellbeing, wellness, and happiness.

All our premium products are carefully designed and manufactured, and we strive to constantly improve ourselves and the products we deliver. We embrace new technologies and understand the importance of delivering reliable and durable products which help to improve our customers lives.

Do you want to know more about our range of multiple award-winning, energy efficient hot tubs available here in Scotland?

Here at Penguin Spas, we are proud to be the only official Scottish dealer of award-winning, energy efficiency gold standard hot tubs and swim spas from UK designed Sunbeach Spas and the world’s premier spa brand Oasis Spas

Both manufacturers of the Sunbeach Spas and the Oasis Spas have created a complete insulation energy saving system that reduces energy consumption to save you money. You can have peace of mind that your hot tub or swim spa will be hot and ready for you, without costly energy bills.

Sunbeach Spas Award Winning Hot Tubs

Sunbeach Spas are leading the hot tub and swim spa industry with energy efficient SmartSpa™ R10 insulation and cutting edge technology. The multiple award-winning Sunbeach Spas are all designed here in the UK and are manufactured with the newest industry features which the company consistently pushes the industry forward with innovative designs and features.

Eco Spas hot tubs

Eco Spas are committed at improving the wellbeing of people and the health of our planet. Eco Spas is proud to be at the forefront of energy efficiency hot tub design and manufacture. Each of our holiday park hot tubs have been carefully designed here in the UK in compliance with current safety guidance written by the Health and Safety Executive (HSG282) which provides constant efficiency and immediate use while ensuring utmost hygiene and guaranteeing the easiest maintenance possible resulting in an experience that becomes an asset to your business.

Oasis Spas hot tubs

Oasis Spas are built by one of the world’s largest international hot tub and swim spa manufacturers who distribute products in 40 countries around the world. Oasis Spas are built to last with premium components and the thickest shells on the market. The Power Saver Technology with SmartSpa+™ R10 insulation will save you thousands over the life of your hot tub or swim spa and the Easy-Care Technology makes maintenance simple.


Wood Fired Hot Tubs

We know a lot of thought and research goes into buying a hot tub and if you have not already seen a wood fired hot tub, we would strongly encourage you to come to our new outdoor living showroom where you can view the European Product Design Award Hot Tub from Tubmarine and a range of BaltoScandia wood-fired hot tubs.

Tubmarine Stainless steel wood fired hot tub

Tubmarine: Since 2013,Tubmarine founder Chris Galley has worked with the engineers and suppliers throughout the UK and Europe to arrive at the new hot tub design. The end result is a hot tub that requires absolutely no electricity, heats up in less than two hours and is easy to maintain.

BaltoScandia Wood Fired Hot Tubs

BaltoScandia Wood-Fired Hot Tubs: BaltoScandia is on a mission to bring a practical, aesthetic Scandinavian lifestyle to every garden across the UK. Our hot tubs, saunas, and cabins are manufactured with great care and workmanship at a competitive price point, without compromising on quality.


Outdoor Living Premium Range

As our company has grown so has our passion to create amazing outdoor spaces. Whatever style garden you have, large or small, you want it to be a place that you can relax in, and escape to. As well as the obvious perks of getting more fresh air and sunlight, there are lots of other benefits of an ideal outdoor living spaces.

Creating an outdoor living space will provide an additional space in your home to relax and unwind. Expand the space that you already have available to you. A casual living space in the garden is also the perfect place to entertain guests, to provide seating, and mingling space to enjoy evening drinks or a BBQ. Create a functional and enjoyable area for you and your family to use in the garden, whatever the weather.

BaltoScandia Outdoor Living Range

BaltoScandia is a family-owned company founded with a clear objective: to create and design a premium line of Scandinavian designed outdoor living products like no other. There collection of premium Scandinavian designed cosy BBQ huts, grill cabins, glamping pods, glamping cubes, sauna cabins, sauna barrels and hot tub enclosures are all designed for private, and business uses.

Alfa Forni Outdoor Pizza Ovens – Made in Italy

Alfa Forni Pizza Ovens - Everybody Loves Restaurant Quality Pizza. Now You Can Enjoy it at Home with an Alfa Oven! Turning a traditional tool like an oven into a designer object acclaimed all over the world as a standard-bearer for “Made in Italy” and high-quality has always been the mission of the Alfa family. That is why Alfa ovens are conceived and designed as professional ovens that guarantee excellent results in baking pizza, bread and then some combined with unparalleled ease of use and maintenance.

RB73 Outdoor Stoves – Made in Netherlands

The story of RB73 is a story of passion for fire. But also of beautiful and timeless products. Handmade by professionals with love for the product. Enjoy beautiful moments, enjoy staying outside! Think of warm summer evenings, but also throughout the rest of the year there are often beautiful days when an outdoor fireplace can be used to give that wonderful extra warmth and atmosphere on your terrace. The fires have glass fronted doors so you do not suffer from smoke, ash or sparks on the terrace.

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