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Sea Moss! Where have you been all my life?

 

I first discovered sea moss, often referred to as Irish Moss, while I was leading retreats in the Caribbean back in 2009. It was being used to thicken smoothies and milks, and even in custardy desserts. As I am a super nutrition nerd, I had to look a little more into this amazing sea vegetable.

Health Benefits of Sea Moss / Irish Moss

Sea Moss (also known as Irish Moss), as it turns out, is nature's only plant based source of thyroid hormones. You listening ladies?

Thyroid Support

DI-Iodothyronine (DIT), what T3 breaks down into, is found in abundance in brown sea moss and for this reason it has been used as a treatment for thyroid disorders. Thyroxin (T4) and Tri-iodothyronine (T3) have been found as the main organically bound iodine compounds in several brown seaweeds (sea moss).

Then of course there is the iodine, more concentrated in sea moss than any other food and this is serious fuel for the thyroid. Selenium is also present in abundance and is a necessary factor in thyroid hormone production.

Mental/Emotional Health

Sea Moss is also jam packed full of potassium. The cells of the body cannot function without potassium though strangely, our bodies do not have a mechanism to conserve potassium. Adding high-potassium foods like Sea Moss to the diet can significantly improve behaviour and mental functioning (especially for ADD children!). High potassium foods are also very helpful for fibromyalgia, moodiness, agitation, depression and anxiety disorders. This food is like a warm cup of tea and good book by the fire for the nervous system.

If all that wasn't enough, Sea Moss contains Algin. This phytonutrient has therapeutic value as a heavy metal detoxifying agent - meaning it helps pull heavy metals out of the tissues of our bodies.  Additionally, Sea Moss is a healing agent to all mucous membranes (great for external skin health and internal digestive tract health). I could go on forever on this goody, but for now I will leave you with the simple ways to prepare it.

Immune Support

Sea Moss helps relieve and prevent symptoms of colds and flus - how perfect for the winter months ahead. Irish moss is a source of potassium chloride, a nutrient which helps to dissolve catarrhs (inflammation and phlegm in the mucous membranes), which cause congestion. It also contains compounds which act as natural antimicrobial and antiviral agents, helping to get rid of any infections. Hello natural cough syrup!

Cold, flu-like, and other coughy-mucousy conditions the moss helps with include:

  • Sore throat
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Chest coughs

How To Prepare Sea Moss / Irish Moss

How To Prepare Sea Moss

  • If dried: soak it for a few hours in water. Rinse away any sand that may be present.
  • If fresh: clean the fresh moss of all other bits of seaweed, and wash thoroughly to remove sand and grit.

Once soaked/cleaned, you'll want to simmer the moss in clean water until tender.

Where To Purchase Sea Moss/ Irish Moss

For a long time I carried this product and sold it directly. Unfortunately, after a hurricane wiped out my Caribbean supplier in 2010, and Fukushima made sea vegetables from the Pacific a questionable choice, I have chosen not to sell directly.

I recommend checking out your local West Indian grocer or looking online. Here are a few online options:

Recipes That Use Irish Moss

66 Responses to “Sea Moss! Where have you been all my life?”

  1. Heather said… June 28, 2018
    I have powdered Irish moss. What is the equivilent of powdered to whole Irish moss? Thanks
    • I don't typically use the powder, so I'm not entirely sure - I'd imagine you could use half of the powder compared to the whole. However, Irish moss is flexible and you can alter the consistency based on your preference.
  2. Manal said… July 31, 2018
    Thank you so much, I found your way of preparing sea moss is the best because using the same water that you boiled the sea moss in instead of throwing it away ! Thank you again :))
  3. Nicole said… August 2, 2018
    I just started using Sea Moss even though it is found in my home country St. Vincent and the Grenadines. A friend introduced me to it because i had a stomach problem. I prepared mine using caribbean spices, milk and boiling the moss until it became a gel like paste. I am surprised to see so many persons enjoying this product of nature.
  4. Jayda said… September 26, 2018
    Hi! I can not handle fishy tasting things. I assume the moss tastes similar to seaweed? Can i grind it up and capsule it and reap the benefits?
  5. Sam Boyd said… October 1, 2018
    Thanks this was very informative! Question can this be used for toddlers as well and how? Particular for skin
  6. Lisa said… October 11, 2018
    Do you have a recipe for a”salad” using Irish moss? And I’d like information on your body butter where to get it. Thanks.
    • Irish moss probably would have a strong taste in a salad...but it would likely work well if blended into a thick salad dressing! I don't sell my body butter anymore, however there is a great recipe for moisturizer/body butter in this post: https://www.meghantelpner.com/blog/20-best-natural-beauty-care-recipes/
  7. Celine said… October 13, 2018
    Hi Meghan! I would like to know if you can take the gel that you made and eat it from the spoon or dilute in warn/hot water to create a broth/soup? What amount do you suggest? Thanks!
    • You can eat the gel on its own but it really has a strong taste! I prefer adding it to smoothies, nut/seed milks, elixirs and soups/stews for the nutritional value.
  8. Rana amro said… November 18, 2018
    Is irish moss conten collagen?
    • Irish moss has nutrients that support collagen production, which is why you might sometimes see it referred to as 'plant collagen'. But it doesn't actually have collagen - that's found in animal based foods.

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