Algaran Teoranta Seaweed Products
Rosaria, with the support of several experts in medicine, homeopathy, agronomy and cosmetology had carried out researches for years with various extracts of Irish seaweeds, without reasonable expectation of gain but out of a simple passion for furthering knowledge.
"I needed to get out my bad-marriage-cage and the small industrial town where I lived, and run away across Europe to a small island in the Atlantic Ocean ... where all my seaweed passion began! 14th January 2001" Rosaria
The result of all this study is:
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AlgAran Seaweed Products
RosariaIt was January 2001. Her passion for seaweeds finally took priority over everything else and Rosaria Piseri, an algologist of Italian origin, decided to follow her instincts, abandon her comfortable apartment in Milan, Italy, and move to an island that owes its whole history, millions of years old, to seaweed: Inis Mòr, in the Aran Islands, County Galway. She wanted to learn more.
She had obtained a Diploma in Natural Science from Milan University years before, but the texts certainly could not compare with what she would learn starting from that cold winter on a little island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
The ocean seemed like a splendid "Secret Treasure Chest" to her, revealing its secrets more and more every day.
Rosaria returned to Italy to look for economic aid to allow her to make extraction experiments on site so that there would not be too much time between collecting the various seaweeds and processing them.
Extracting by boiling was not an acceptable system as too many of the beneficial properties would be lost and so she asked for the help of an old Chemical Engineer she had worked for years before. He directed her to one company after another but without success.
After knocking on every door and when she had lost hope of getting help, a young businessman from Genoa contacted her and, after careful reflection, decided to donate a special machine that could perhaps be used for extraction using a cold system and without employing solvents.
Rosaria returned to the island with her precious machine and began to carry out test after test, getting the results analyzed and trying out the compounds on volunteers with skin problems. One of the most successful was the extract from a known anti herpes seaweed which is still used today by hundreds of people in contact with Rosaria.
The local population was familiar with the practical uses of this precious seaweed gift from the ocean as it is part of their ancient popular tradition. Yet apparently, as is the case everywhere else in the world, things that remind people of a period of poverty are partly forgotten about to make room for the culture from the other side of the ocean that has insinuated itself into our homes through the mass media: ready-to-eat fast foods instead of the old popular tradition of simple but genuine and healthy ones! What have we lost?
But O'Flaherty's old film, "Man of Aran" remains in the heart of every islander, recalling their origins, the great traditions and, today, it projects its message of wisdom towards the world!
Rosaria knew that the presence on the island of over 400 floral species typical of three different eras millions of years apart - belonging to alpine, arctic and Mediterranean flora - told a story linked to seaweed. Before the monks made this island an oasis of prayer and meditation in the sixth century the possibility of living here was practically zero: rock and limestone, little soil between one limestone slab and the next and insufficient possibilities for cultivating a field and raising livestock.
But their love of this place of unquestioned charm was greater than the fatigue of using their own hands to build up the fertile soil that was lacking. The small quantities of soil were extracted from the fissures between the stones and mixed with sand and seaweed.
Dry walls were erected to protect future crops from the wind and survival began to be possible. The result that tourists can admire today is a green isle where the grass is strong just like the positive stubbornness of the native population.
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