Fucus vesiculosus

Family: Fucaceae (Seaweed family)

Deities: Oya, Yemaya

Element: Water

Bladderwrack is a perennial seaweed that grows between the low and high watermarks along both coasts of the U.S.

Medicinal Uses: Like other seaweeds, bladderwrack is high in Iodine and therefore has been used in the treatment of goiter. Externally, this ocean plant has been used as a poultice to reduce the pain and inflammation of arthritis.

Spiritual Uses: Bladderwrack can be used for protective and cleansing spells. It has also been used in psychic and money drawing magick. Generally speaking, the ocean and most things associated with it have a protective, cleansing energy. Bladderwrack’s essence is strongly associated with the sea and just by smelling it can connect you with the water. Use it in your bath when you are trying to clean off the psychic gunk. This seaweed can help you get in touch with your psychic side, helping you connect with your inner cycle and the rhythms of the universe. The sea has long been associated with abundance so it is no surprise that bladderwrack has been used to attract wealth.

Bladderwrack ranges in color from light yellow to pale green. It is a ribbon-like plant that can grow to 3 feet long. Its airbladders, which occur along the midrib, allow the plant to stay afloat. Bladderwrack has rootlike suction cup disks that anchor it to the rocks.