Written By Lori Blevins • January 8, 2021 Photos by World Botanical Therapy You know the seaweed that litters the coastal beaches and grazes your legs, startling you as you take a dip in the ocean? It may just become a new favorite addition to your health food arsenal. Sea Moss History Sea moss, also referred to as Irish sea moss, has been part of diets for thousands of years, both for sustenance as well as medicinally. It was used to treat conditions such as tuberculosis and pneumonia and as inexpensive, nutrient-rich food, most notably used during the Irish Potato Famine of the 1800s. A self-educated herbalist by the name of Alfredo Darrington Bowman, who went by the name Dr. Sebi—although not a medical doctor—brought sea moss to the forefront of people’s attention with his plant-based diet that offers individuals an option to naturally fight diseases without relying on Western medicine. Thanks to increased popularity from celebrity fans, it has become a trendy addition to the health food world and its vernacular. Found off the shores of the North Atlantic in areas such as the British Isles, Europe, the Caribbean, and other parts of North America, it comes in different colors such as gold, purple, and green based on small species variations and where it is grown. Health Benefits Sea moss is exalted for its numerous health benefits. It contains 92 of the 102 minerals and nutrients that the human body consists of, including folate, vitamins A and K, iodine, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc. Studies suggest it provides the benefits of prebiotics, helping healthy bacteria grow in your stomach and improving your digestive system. Its nutrients and minerals also support your immune system, helping fight off cold germs and viruses. High in protein and containing an amino acid called taurine, it helps the body burn fat and build muscle. This ocean-dwelling powerhouse is often included in beauty and face creams. Rich in sulfur, it can lower levels of microorganisms on the skin and soothe inflammation. Its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties help combat issues such as acne and aging skin. Vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, vitamins A and K, and omega-3 fatty acids help hydrate and promote healthy skin cell function. Forms and Uses Sea moss has become a sought after addition in all types of diets but is especially popular with vegans. It is bland in taste and can be used in a variety of ways to increase a person’s vitamin and mineral intake. It is often used as a gel (made by boiling it in water—see recipe and directions below) and added to many foods including smoothies, desserts, and as a thickener in soups. It is important to note that iodine, a mineral in sea moss, while necessary for a healthy life, can be dangerous if excessive amounts are part of your diet. Moderation is key along with considering a discussion with your doctor to learn how to safely incorporate it into your diet. Sea moss can be found in several forms including dried, ground, and pills, making it easy to include it as part of your healthy lifestyle. As mentioned above, turning sea moss into a gel is easy and makes it very versatile for adding to many of your daily foods. This is a simple recipe for turning one of nature’s superfoods into an easy-to-use gel that you’ll hopefully come to appreciate as much as I do. How To Make Irish Sea Moss Gel in Less Than 7 Minutes Sea moss gel is a great, healthy dietary supplement and is simple to make and use. This video is a quick step-by-step guide on how to make it without compromising any of the ingredients.
Materials Needed Ingredients Large soaking bowl Dry Sea Moss Strainer Purified or Alkaline Water Blender 2 Limes or 1 Large lemon Glass mason Step 1: Rinse your dried sea moss to get off all of the sand and ocean debris repeatedly in your strainer until clean. Step 2: Put your rinsed sea moss in your large soaking bowl and completely submerge the sea moss by filling your bowl with the purified or alkaline water and the squeezed lemon or lime juice to soak and let absorb overnight for a minimum of 8 hours. Step 3: Put your hydrated sea moss in your strainer and rinse again to make sure it is completely clean. Step 4: Put hydrated, clean sea moss in your blender along with your liquid of choice (i.e. alkaline or purified water, coconut water, etc.) and other additives (i.e. herbs, fruit, etc.) as you please and blend completely until there are no lumps and it is a smooth gel-like consistency. Step 5: Transfer your sea moss gel to your glass mason jar. You can use your sea moss gel right away by scooping your gel by the tablespoon out of the mason jar and adding it to tea, coffee, smoothies, soups, or other food as you see fit.* To store your sea moss gel, keep it in the glass mason jar covered with the lid, in the refrigerator, for up to 3 weeks to use as needed. For more information and to see all of our herbs, roots, seeds, and nut, please visit my website “World Botanical Therapy” https://www.worldbotanicaltherapy.com/ along with my Etsy shop, https://www.etsy.com/shop/WorldBotanical?ref=seller-platform-mcnav§ion_id=29851488. I’d be thrilled to answer any of your questions and help you choose the best products for your needs. *Disclaimer: We are not medical professionals and do not provide medical advice. If you have pre-existing medical conditions or are taking medications or other prescribed supplements, consult with your primary care physician before adding this to your diet.