Wellness Benefits of Sea Moss

by Chloe' Flowers

sea moss benefits

 

As an individual, I’ve learned how my health can affect those around me. At this point, we all have an opportunity to rise and discuss how we can elevate our health consciousness. The stronger we are, and the more protection we offer to our bodies, the healthier everyone will be, which leaves more space in health facilities for those in dire emergencies. The more proactive we are, the fewer people will spread and contract deadly viruses. In an attempt to decrease the chances of catching COVID-19, it is important to strengthen our immune systems. Gaining more knowledge on the topic of health is the new self-care, so let’s learn more about sea moss.

 

Considering Sea Moss 

Learning new ways to incorporate wellness into our routines and nutrition is also a form of giving back. I am a firm believer that what you ingest is what you become. Sea moss captured my attention because of the connection it has to Caribbean ancestry, and the many uses we could all benefit from. Sea moss is worth looking into if you are someone who wants to tap into holistic and spiritual health practices. Researching body defenses and taking more vitamins was my first shot at building a stronger immune system. After learning more about this unique holistic medicine, I decided to jump right into it. 

 

Getting Started

At a local Panafrican store I made my first purchase of sea moss in gel form. It was stored in a small refrigerator in small unmarked mason jars for twenty dollars each. I learned from an elder at the store that sea moss is an algae found along the Caribbean coastline, as well as North America and Europe. Sea moss has become a trendy superfood as sacred health practices reveal themselves more and more. A few of us listened on as the elder spoke about the spiritual healing connected to the sea plant. She passionately spoke about how it improves emotional health, immunity, and even cures low libidos. That day I took the jar home happily and did a little more research for myself. 

Wellness Benefits

This super plant contains many vitamins and minerals that our bodies need. It is from the earth and contains many antioxidants – it serves as a one-stop-shop. If you are of Irish or Jamaican descent, you may already be familiar with this amazing plant. Historically, it’s been used to treat coughs, infections, and digestion. There has not been much scientific support concerning the negatives related to sea moss. It’s similar to many other spiritual and health practices in that way. Research has been able to prove that sea moss is beneficial for thyroid function, which is key for metabolism and development. 

 

sea moss gel

Sea moss can come in raw or gel form. If you do get it in raw form, you can blend it down into gel type substance. One of my favorite wellness gurus Nikisha Riley breaks down this whole process and more about sea moss here. Since using this sea treat, I stopped drinking coffee to see how my energy levels responded. The plant gave me tons of energy and heightened my overall mood. I also struggled less with procrastination and after a month, noticed a big transformation in my skin as well. I put half a spoon of sea moss in my smoothies every other day. I also put a bit in my face and hair masks every week. I am really excited to see the results after six months and will continue to incorporate this plant into my diet. 

 

Now, more than ever, we should take care of our mind, body, and spirit. I encourage you to be open, Pretty Birds to trying new things. I encourage you to take total control of your health and use your intuition to guide you. If you are looking for something new and simple to add to your regimen sea moss could be perfect for you. 

 

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DIY Irish Sea Moss Gel🌱 What is Sea Moss? It’s a type of algae (seaweed) native to the Atlantic shorelines of the Caribbean Islands, North America, & Europe. Sea Moss aka Irish Sea Moss by my Caribbean folks, is an incredible superfood with a wide range of health benefits & uses; it can be added to smoothies, desserts & even used as a healthy vegan thickening agent. Sea Moss is rich in sulfur, amino acids, vitamin A, vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, & minerals. It actually contains 92 of the 102 minerals that our bodies need like zinc, iodine, iron, & more! It’s also important source of plant-based collagen. It helps soothe mucus membranes & rids your body of any excess mucus. It’s helpful in reducing congestion & clearing out phlegm buildup in the lungs. It’s also a prebiotic & helps to get rid of bad bacteria in the gut for digestive health. It’s high nutrient concentration is great for boosting your immune system, energy, & libido. Used as a mask helps improve eczema, psoriasis, & acne outbreaks. It can also be used as a hair mask to nourish hair. 🌱Gel Instructions: 🔸Remove moss from package, it will have a slight ocean smell. Place your sea moss in a large bowl, cover it with filtered or spring water. (Do not use tap water) & massage the sea moss removing any sand & debris. I recommend cleaning it twice. 🔸After cleaning make sure all the parts of the sea moss are covered with water & soak for 8-12hrs. 🔸After soaking remove the sea moss from the liquid, & transfer it to a plate. Do not discard the water because this water, which now contains tons of nutrients from the sea moss, will be used to make the gel. 🔸Add 1 cup of sea moss & 2 cups of your sea moss water to a high-powered blender. Add less water if you want a thicker gel. 🔸Blend until it’s smooth, about 2 min. Transfer Sea Moss to an airtight container & refrigerate. The gel will thicken in the fridge after 2 hrs. It can last in the fridge for 2-3 weeks. Stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. You can pour it into an ice-cube tray & freeze for later use. It’s perfect for throwing them into your smoothies. Use 1-2 tbsp of gel for smoothies. Use as face & hair masks.

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What do you think, will you give it a go, Pretty Birds?

 

Image credit: Bellies to Babies Holistic Care and Earth’s Miracle

 

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