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Durvillaea antarctica

Main properties:
  • high concentration of fibers / to lose weight
  • to lower cholesterol
  • hypothyroidism and hypotension
Quality guarantee:
  • All herbs are grown in Chile
  • Botica del Alma has a SEREMI agreement to package the herbs
  • The company is also supported by CORFO

More details

Cochayuyo is a robust, large bull kelp species, which can be as long as 15 meters. It is the dominant seaweed in Chile, as well as in southern New Zealand. It has an intensely marine and salty aroma. Cochayuyo means "sea plant" in Quechua language.

Botanical name

Durvillaea antarctica

Plant part used

Whole plant

Benefits of durvillaea antarctica for your health

  • Because of its high concentration of fibers that has a satiating effect, cochayuyo is helpful for obese people willing to lose weight.
  • Cochayuyo is recommended to lower cholesterol and for people suffering from fatty liver syndrome. The fibers will naturally "catch" cholesterol, which will be eliminated in the feces.
  • Cochayuyo can also prevent hypothyroidism and hypotension (its high level of sodium helps raise your tension).
  • Finally, it has a high level of vitamins and minerals (selenium, zinc, manganese and calcium), which can help tone your body on a daily basis. It works on a long-term basis, it is not a quick boost like some plants or fruits containing high level of vitamin C. Therefore, consider this last benefit as an extra in case you need the plant for one the previous reasons (cholesterol, fatty liver, obesity), and don't use the plant just for that. You can, but some other plants might be more adapted for your needs.

Use and dosage

Which format is best for you? How often should you take it? Let's have a look.

Capsules: take 1 capsule 3 times a day.

Choose capsules if you need to carry the herb with you during the day (at work for example). That's the best format if you don't have time to do an infusion, or if you don't like the herbal taste of infusions.

Infusion bags: Drink 3 cups per day. Infuse one bag 3 minutes in hot water

If you like drinking infusions, infusion bags are the most convenient choice. The right amount of herb has been put in the bag to allow you to do one cup of infusion, without having to spend time measuring the quantity of herb to add in the cup.

Bulk format: Drink 3 cups per day. Infuse one tablespoon in one liter of hot water for 3 minutes. For smaller quantity (such as a mug), use one teaspoon.

Bulk format is a little less convenient to use because you need to put the correct amount of herb in the water, and have a filter to remove it after 3 minutes (otherwise the infusion will have a very strong herbal taste that some people do not like). This bulk format is yet still useful if you want to prepare a larger quantity of infusion, notably when you want to use the infusion topically, by applying it to the skin with a compress (for bruises and hematomas or example).


The high level of sodium of Cochayuyo (which is beneficial for HYPOthyroidism and HYPOtension) is a problem for people suffering from HYPERthyroidism and HYPERtension, who should avoid using it.

Pregnancy use

Good source of vitamins and minerals, and no evidence of contraindications found for pregnant women

Shipping in Chile

Shipping is available for all Chile. Products are sent by CorreosChile.

Most products are shipped on the next day. Some products that we do not sell frequently (such as essential oils in bottles of 10mL or 30mL) require an extra day. This is due to the fact that they are made to order by the manufacturer, so that you get the freshest product possible.

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Pick-up in Santiago

We are an online retailer. Therefore, the address mentioned at the bottom of the website is not a shop and no products are sold there.

However, free delivery is possible near station Tobalaba. We are usually available for our clients on Tuesday and Thursday between 6:00pm and 7:30pm, and on Wednesday and Friday between 1:30pm and 3pm.

You must first confirm and pay your order online. We will then send you an email when your order is ready (usually the next day), so that you can come to pick your order.

Shipping in Latin America

We plan to start shipping in Latin America from first half of 2016. If you are interested, feel free to contact us for more information. So that we can better assist you, we recommend you to create an account, then add to your cart the products you want us to ship to you. This will allow us to give you a more precise quote quickly.

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