If you have ever used sea moss, you have probably noticed some side effects.
Sea moss can have a range of side effects so they are worth learning about so that you can understand how your body reacts to it.
I’ve experienced quite a handful of these effects that made me go the extra mile to research more about it. In this article, we will look at:
- What are sea moss side effects
- Detox symptoms that is often normal
- Allergic symptoms to watch out for
What is Sea moss?
Sea moss is actually a seaweed, not a moss. There are many different types of this plant and if you plan to use it, you should be able to tell the difference between real and fake sea moss.
Dr. Sebi made the sea moss popular by including it in his healing treatments. The variety he recommended was Chrondus crisus, which is the original Irish moss.
Sea moss has been used as food and as medicine for hundreds, possibly thousands of years. You will get an idea of just how healthy this plant is when you realize that it contains 92 out of 102 minerals the body needs.
Although sea moss has been used for hundreds of years by cultures living off the sea, it is only recently became known as “superfood” and is being marketed as an immune-boosting, skin-healing, and digestion-improving food.
What You’ll Need
- You will need at least one pack wildcrafted sea moss from a trusted source or supplier. The quality of the sea moss you get varies and more often depends on how you source it. Sea moss have been shown to contain 92 of 102 minerals but what we do not know is fake or pool grown sea moss has no or little of these minerals. So, if you do not know how to tell if yours is real or fake, please check out this post on how to differentiate read from fake.
- You’ll need spring water for the blend and wash (maybe distilled water only for the wash if you can’t afford spring water). This is necessary because the wash and the soak will consume lots and lots of water. You’ll need to wash the sea moss several times to completely strain sand, debris and other particles before blending. I recommend up to 5 gallons of water for the wash. If you can’t afford to use spring or distilled water for the wash, you can make do with boiled tap water that has been cooled down. Note, do not use hot water to wash sea moss! Only use tap water that has been boiled and then cooled to room temperature as a last resort.
- And lastly, you’ll need a blender. Any good regular blender would do.
Health Benefits of Sea Moss Gel
Sea Moss gel contains all the essential minerals, e.g magnesium, potassium, iodine, sulfur, calcium, iron, selenium, sodium, and is also high in vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K. Besides, it is also rich in proteins, peptides, fatty acids, amino acids, lipids, and pigments.
One of its components, polysaccharide, boosts the immune system, has antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, inhibits tumor development, and prevents high blood pressure, high cholesterol blood sugar levels.
Being so nutrient-dense, it’s not surprising sea moss gel is successfully used to relieve many health conditions, provide nourishment to the skin and enrich a diet.
- Respiratory problems
- Skin diseases (thanks to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties).
- Thyroid problems
- Poor blood circulation
- Joint and muscle pains
- Fungal, microbial, and viral infections
- Compromised immune system
- Helps you lose weight by making you feel full for longer
- Aids digestion and improves gut health because it works as a prebiotic
- Helps you expel excess mucus
- Alleviates oxidative stress
- Prevents the development of tumors thanks to the high levels of algal polysaccharide
How to make Sea Moss Gel – 2 ways!
Depending on what you are going to use it for, sea moss can be bought raw, dried or as a gel. It is also available in powder or capsule.
Sea moss is usually used as a gel which you can buy in specialized shops but it is very easy to prepare at home.
You first need to wash the sea moss in plenty of water, after which you should soak it in fresh water for about 30 minutes. After you take it out of the water, rinse it, drain it, and simmer it for about 30 minutes. Strain and keep the water. When the water cools and thickens – you get the sea moss gel.
The other way of making a sea moss gel is to soak the sea moss in water for about 8 hours, rinse it, drain it, add fresh water to it, and blend it for a couple of minutes until it becomes smooth. Pour into a glass jar with the lid on. Store in the fridge to set into gel.
The method you choose will depend on how you are able to tolerate it. While the first method may be ideal for those with hypothyroid or hormonal problems, the second method however is more potent and is recommended.
Different ingredients can be added to the sea moss gel, eg key lime, certain herbs, spices or fruits to improve its taste or boost its healing powers. Whatever you plan to add, do so before the gel solidifies.
- Unpack sea moss and pour into a bowl. Add 1 gallon spring water and wash with a strainer. Wash and strain while shaking vigorously. Wash for 3 to 5 times, and observe for any sand particles that settle at bottom of bowl. If more particles after the 3rd wash, then wash further until no more sand settles. If there are any debris or to rocks attached to stems of sea moss, carefully pick them out while washing.
I try to wash sea moss thoroughly, so I keep changing the water until it’s completely clean and free from sand and debris.
- After washing, soak in 1/2 gallon or more spring/distilled water. Try to make the water completely cover the sea moss up to 3 inches above. This is necessary because sea moss absorbs water during the soak, so you’ll want to soak and cover it up.
If you are someone like me that detests the fishy smell of sea moss, you can try adding one or two tablespoon key lime juice to the soak.
- Place the soaked sea moss in the refrigerator for at least 12 to 18 hours. During the soak, sea moss will swell to twice it’s original size, so you may well want to use only small or needed amounts by cutting back on the original size you soak. So, at the end of the soak time, sea moss will be super soft and ready to blend.
Try to refrigerate it while soaking because soaked sea moss may go bad and rot if left at room temperature for long hours. Remember, sea moss is live and electric and you would want to preserve its electricity as much as you can.
- After soaking it, add to a blender with spring water and blend on high until it is liquified.
- Pour in an airtight mason jar and place in the refrigerator to let it set into a gel. While in the refrigerator, it will gel after a few hours.
- Refrigerate for up to 2 to 3 weeks. After this time, sea moss gel will start to go bad.
- Consume one to two tablespoon a day by adding to smoothies, soups, teas, creams or porridge.
- Alternatively, if you don’t want to make the gel in a batch. You can store the soaked sea moss in the refrigerator and take out only quantities you’ll need immediately and blend to add to your recipes.
Notes: For best results, try not to boil your sea moss before the blend. Do not even add hot or boiling water. Instead use warm or cold water. I often see people make this mistake. I believe taking sea moss in its most natural form is the best. This way all minerals are preserved the most and your body gets to have all access to them.
How much sea moss to take daily?
It can be quite confusing trying to determine how much sea moss to take per day for optimal benefits. The quantity of sea moss to take per day will depend a lot on your state of health (or level of toxicity), the quality of sea moss and your body tolerance levels.
Ideally, you should take 1 to 2 tablespoon sea moss gel for the best benefits. But it is recommended to start small, usually with 1 teaspoon and gradually work your dose up to 1 to 2 tablespoons daily. For sea moss capsules, you should take about 1 capsule twice daily. For bladderwrack, one capsule per day is ideal.
What Did Dr. Sebi Recommend Sea Moss For?
This herb is particularly popular in Dr. Sebi diet. Sea moss was one of the Dr. Sebi-approved herbs which he recommended for a number of conditions. One of the reasons Dr. Sebi valued this herb so much is that it helps clear up mucus which, according to Dr. Sebi, is the root cause of all diseases. Preventing the accumulation of mucus is key to staying free of most, including neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia, etc.
Another reason Dr. Sebi recommended sea moss is that it was very beneficial for a woman’s reproductive system. It improves fertility although this is not backed by science. However, women who take sea moss regularly have a higher chance of getting pregnant. How is this possible?
First of all, sea moss is high in iodine and zinc which are known to affect fertility. Besides, it improves circulation to the reproductive organs and boosts libido which explains why Dr. Sebi recommended it for all fertility issues.
Besides, being high in magnesium and potassium sea moss can also improve your mood by making you feel more alert and “alive.” And when you feel better, you are more resilient to both disease and stress.
How to Use Sea Moss
Besides using it to relieve many health conditions, sea moss in a powdered form can be added to various beauty products (eg skin exfoliators, nourishing creams, moisturizers, hair products, etc). In a gel form, it can be added to smoothies, juice, and soups. It thickens the liquid it is added to, so can be used as a thickener in cooking. It can also be used instead of yeast for baking.
If you don’t like the taste but would like to benefit from all the nutrients it contains, you can take sea moss supplements– as a pill, powder or tincture. And if you have a sweet tooth, you can even take sea moss as gummies.
Please note that although sea moss is very healthy and can improve your overall health, excessive consumption can cause certain thyroid problems because of the high iodine content. If you struggle with Hashimotos, thyroiditis or any other issues related to hypothyroidism, you should stay away from this plant as it can cause more harm than good.
So, how to know how much is safe to take? If you are healthy and have no thyroid issues, you can take 1-2 tablespoons of sea moss gel per day (this is about 4-8 grams).
Taken as a tincture, it’s absorbed immediately while a capsule will take at least 20 minutes to act. Follow instructions on the pack.
For optimal results, try to consume 1 to 2 TBSP of sea moss gel daily. This amount is also equivalent to about 100g of raw sea moss or 2 capsules of sea moss daily. However as a beginner, you may want to start with 1 Tbsp and build it up as your body adjusts to it.
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Does sea Moss gel go bad?
It can be a white disappointing having to go through the pain of making or sourcing for sea moss gel and you find out it may be turning bad soon.
Sea moss gel tend to go bad after about one week. Sea moss is live and being a sea creature rich in nutrients, it can begin to break down and rot quite quickly. When not refrigerated, sea moss can go bad after a few days. But you can refrigerate it for longer storage for up to 2 to 3 weeks.
So, try to use immediately in recipes or refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.
How to preserve sea Moss gel?
How do you preserve sea moss gel from turning bad? I bet you’ve often wondered how to store sea moss for longer lasting use.
You can preserve sea moss gel by storing in the refrigerator. Sea moss gel typically last 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. Alternatively, you can freeze sea moss gel for longer use (up to 2 months).
If you don’t want to make the gel in a batch. You can store the soaked sea moss in the refrigerator and take out only quantities you’ll need immediately and blend to add to your recipes.
Loved your article Ms Williams. Where can I buy real Irish Sea moss in USA?
Kerri M. Williams
I wouldn’t really trust sea moss grown in the USA, although your supplier is the most important thing to factor in. Most suppliers in the USA get their sea moss from either the Caribbean or Vietnam. You can order from trusted suppliers who source from the carribean.