Both sea moss and bladderwrack are types of seaweeds. The Latin name for sea moss is Chondrus crispus. This edible sea plant has a gelatinous consistency when soaked in water and boasts numerous vitamins and minerals that lend to its superfood status.
Bladderwrack is known for its “bladders” that are actually air-filled pockets on the plant. These help it to float upward as it grows in the ocean.
Combining sea moss, bladderwrack and burdock can enhance the amount of vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients you need to thrive, but how does combining these plants work and how do you use them?
This article will walk you through on how to create your own effective formulation using sea moss, bladderwrack, and burdock root and fill you in on how these work to nourish your body.
Benefits of Sea Moss + Bladderwrack + Burdock Root Combo
When combined, bladderwrack and sea moss provide antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemical compounds the body needs to stay healthy. The addition of burdock root to this combination can further reduce inflammation, and increase the amount of antioxidants you receive. Burdock root can also cleanse the blood and promote a healthy liver and kidneys.
Together, this combination can keep the digestive system healthy, flush out toxins, replenish the body with nutrients, and promote clear skin. This unique trio can also work to keep lymphatic fluid flowing properly.
The addition of burdock to sea moss and bladderwrack may also enhance the aphrodisiac properties of the formulation. Sea moss is already famous in the Caribbean for its aphrodisiac effects, but burdock root is also reported to have these qualities.
Many people around the world are deficient in iodine. For those who need extra iodine supplementation, this combination is very effective. Taking it regularly may help raise levels to keep the thyroid working correctly.
How to Mix Sea Moss, Bladderwrack and Burdock root
One of the easiest and most effective ways to harness the power of these three plants is to create a tincture with them. Unlike many other preparations, tinctures have a long shelf life and can last for years. Follow the steps below to create a potent type of extract called a tincture:
- Have a sterile glass jar ready. Make sure the jar has a well-fitting lid to be placed on later.
- You will need equal parts of finely chopped and dried sea moss, bladderwrack, and burdock root. Avoid using powder versions of these plants for this recipe. The amount you use will depend on the size of the glass jar you use for this recipe. However, a good amount to start with is one half cup for each plant.
- Place equal parts of sea moss, bladderwrack, and burdock root into the glass jar. Make sure the plant material doesn’t come spilling out of the top and try to leave some room.
- Carefully cover all of the plant material in at least 80 proof alcohol. Let this soak into the plant material. You may need to top it off more after a few hours as well.
- Place the lid on the jar firmly and shake it well. Place this jar in a cool, dark place for four to six weeks.
- After the four to six weeks are up, strain out the liquid and bottle it in a tinted glass dropper bottle. Store this at room temperature or in the refrigerator. It will last for up to ten years. Make sure and label your tincture with what it is and when it was created.
Another way to use a combination of these three plants is to create a decoction. These are a gentle way to soothe and nourish the body and do not require alcohol like tinctures. However, they do not have as long of a shelf life and must be stored in the refrigerator between uses.
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Sea Moss, Bladderwrack, and Burdock Recipe:
- In a pot on the stove, bring eight cups of water to boil.
- Add one half cup each of dried sea moss, bladderwrack, and burdock root.
- Let this simmer until the liquid is reduced by half. You should have around four cups of liquid left.
- Let this cool completely and then strain out the liquid. Bottle it in a sterile glass jar with a lid and store this in the refrigerator.
How to Use the Combo
To use the tincture recipe, take one to two droppers-full under the tongue up to three times daily. To use the decoction recipe, drink one cup daily. You can split up the cup into two half-cup doses daily if you like.
With tinctures, always start with the smallest recommended dosage and work your way up if you need to.
Make sure you monitor your iodine levels so you know you are not getting too much iodine in your diet when taking these plants daily. When taking the tincture or decoction, make sure you take them with food to avoid stomach upset.
If the tincture is too strong to take on its own, you may add the droppers to a glass of water or juice and drink it this way.
This combination may also have diuretic properties, so try to drink as much water as you can each day to help your body flush out toxins while preventing dehydration.
Sea moss, bladderwrack, and burdock are all great herbs to add to your diet if you’re looking for an increase in energy, detoxification, and better digestion. In this article, we’ve outlined how each of these herbs work in combination with one another. We’ve also included recipes so that you can start reaping the benefits.