Sea Moss Gel – How to Make It and What to Use It For
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.
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 as a powder or a capsule.
Sea Moss Gel Preparation
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.
Another 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.
Different ingredients can be added to the sea moss gel, eg the water you boiled it in, 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.
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.
Conditions that can be treated with sea moss gel:
- 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
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.