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Eastern European or Russian question...Why were they doing this?

post #1 of 11
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So where we live is very very diverse : We have large populations of lots of different cultures. We were at the beach a few weeks ago and there was this group of older people from an Eastern European country, Russia, Ukraine or something. Unfortunately I am not positive on that. Well they gathered and washed bunches of seaweed, which I could figure out some uses for. But they also gathered gallons and gallons and gallons of seawater. Think the big 5 gallon or so restaurant use oil jugs, like 3 of them. What would someone be using that much seawater for? I mean if they were stocking up or something for whatever reason, but we went back the next day and they were gathering again...

Is there some secret use of seawater I should be let in on? Am I missing out?
post #2 of 11
bathing in it is supposed to be very good for the skin. Especially eczema.
post #3 of 11
Mac, Dude, you could have just called me.
post #4 of 11
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Mack does not have a Danelle phone number...

And can you imagine that conversation....lol

Hey, whats up?

Yeah, gotta question... We're at the beach and well, uhm, there is some people bottling the Puget sound... know why they might be doin' that? And should I be doin' it too?
post #5 of 11
: that'd have been a great convo
post #6 of 11
I've heard of people soaking feet in seawater for arthritis relief... And there is a large bath culture in some places, thermal spa stuff etc. It's not quite the same as seawater but I imagine they might be trying to substitute? Those things are supposed to heal everything from cancer to colds, according to the older generations.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by mntnmom View Post
bathing in it is supposed to be very good for the skin. Especially eczema.
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My dermatitis went away after I spent two weeks at the beach this summer. Now it's coming back, though.

Here (Italy) they sell various sea water remedies in the pharmacies. I've seen them for eye and nose problems mostly.
post #8 of 11
I'm from eastern Europe, and I have NEVER seen this. Maybe I'm just out of the loop in terms of my own culture, though.
post #9 of 11
I wonder how much you would need to let it dry in the sun and get sea salt?

Just thinking of it because we took a sail to Salt Island here in the British Virgin Islands and 'picked salt'. There is a pond on the the island where the sea water evaporates leaving behine LOTS of salt. I collected a BIG tupperware thing full of it and use it for cooking, and also as a exfoliator for my face (ground in the blender first)
post #10 of 11
I was born and grew up in Ukraine, but I never lived by the sea, so I have no idea... I'll stick around to find out. :
post #11 of 11
My first thought is - clam bake. You take seaweed to wrap the food in (so I'd imagine you'd want it to be clean). I'm not entirely sure why they'd want so much sea water though. Boiling something?
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