You’ve probably seen a glimpse of it somewhere online or on the news with its lusciously thick beige tint and creamy, jelly-like texture. Sea moss gel is the newest beauty secret that beauty gurus have all been raving about. The lauded gel rejuvenates the skin, boosts your immune system, and helps with your digestion. Instead of buying sea moss gel, you might want to try out making your own. This article will walk with you step-by-step on your sea moss gel-making journey.
Why Make Sea Moss Gel?
Before jumping into all the good stuff, first, we need to know what sea moss gel is and why you might want to make your supply of this milky beauty ingredient.
Sea moss gel is a substance made from Chrondus crisus, a variety of seaweed. This seaweed is also referred to as Irish moss and also happens to be a superfood. Irish moss is a kind of red algae from the Atlantic shores in the Caribbean Islands, Europe, and North America.
It was popularized by Dr. Sebi for its ability to improve your immune system and cleanse the body of toxins. It can be consumed in many forms such as through supplements or powders, but many use it in its gel form due to its delicious and palatable nature as well its restorative properties when applied to the skin.
Making your sea moss gel gives you more freedom when it comes to consistency, wateriness, and smoothness. You also know where you got the Irish sea moss so you can be sure that it is authentic and thus effective. You want to watch out for pool-grown sea moss which is not as nutritious as Irish sea moss straight from the sea.
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How Do You Turn Sea Moss Into Gel?
Bring out your bowl, alkaline, filtered or spring water, and at least 1 clump or pack of Irish sea moss. Let’s dive into making your sea moss gel.
- Clean it. The first thing you have to do is take out any dirt and unwanted particles on the sea moss. Wash your hands thoroughly to avoid accidentally making your sea moss dirty. Pour some alkaline filtered or spring water in a bowl along with your sea moss. DON’T use tap water to rinse or clean your Irish sea moss. Gently massage the sea moss in the water, essentially ridding it of any dirt while it is submerged in water.
- Soak it. Soak the sea moss that you already have in a bowl for 4-8 hours. You can put it in the fridge for this part to make its consistency cool before you go on to the next step. Additionally, if you don’t like the smell of the sea moss because of its sea-reminiscent fragrance, try squeezing in some lime juice while it is soaking.
- Blend it. Place your sea moss in a blender still with the alkaline filtered or spring water. The amount of water you place depends on your preference of how watery the gel’s consistency will be. It is recommended that you place water such that it reaches the top of the seaweed in your blender. You could also measure 500 milliliters for every 2 clumps of seaweed. Blend it until it is smooth. Add water if you think the gel is too thick. If it is too watery, keep this noted for the next time you try out the recipe.
- Refrigerate it. You can place it in the refrigerator, however, preferably in an airtight container. You can store it for 1 month at most. If you place it in a freezer it would last you at most 2-3 months; however, you would need to unfreeze it every time you make a recipe or use it. It is advisable that if you choose to freeze your sea moss that you can pack it into smaller portions for you to unfreeze for later use.
Can You Make Sea Moss Gel Incorrectly?
There is no such thing as a wrongly made sea moss gel. What most people are referring to when they talk about failing to make the gel is that they were not able to get the smoothness they want. This can be remedied by making sure to put enough alkaline filtered or spring water in the blender during step 3 of the process.
Check if you placed enough so that it reaches at least the top of the sea moss before blending. If it still is not to your liking try adding more water and blending it again. Repeat this process as needed.
Can You Boil Sea Moss?
When making sea moss gel or any other item made from sea moss you might be tempted to boil it to cleanse it. Yes, this step will cleanse it—cleanse it from having its famed 92 minerals and vitamins! You don’t want that!
Sea moss, on its own, is sought after specifically because it provides the 92 out of 102 nutrients that your body needs. This is the reason it is often used in supplements and vitamins. Refrain from boiling your sea moss. You want those precious healthy components of the Irish sea moss in your gel.
How Much Sea Moss Gel Can You Use Daily?
Most users and recipe makers report that they take around 1-2 tablespoons every day. If you experience any allergic reactions to sea moss gel intake please consult your physician.
[Also read Why Dried Sea Moss Is So Popular]
What Can You Make Out of Sea Moss Gel?
Pat yourself on the back. You’ve made your very own sea moss gel. What do you do now? You can make smoothies, raw dishes, and desserts. This section gets into some recipes you might want to try:
- Irish Sea Moss Drink – This deliciously lush drink is the Jamaican way of preparing a thirst-quenching drink out of the plant. During the soaking part of creating the gel, this recipe asks you to massage in some sea salt. Some put in thickeners – Isinglass – ingredients like Arabic gum and linseed (flaxseed). When in the blender you can add honey, condensed milk, and vanilla. If you have any spices you can try those out in this simple recipe. Some nutmeg or cinnamon could do the trick. You can experiment with the simple and clean base that this drink reveals.
- Banana Smoothie. Add some sun to your recipe with this fun and cool smoothie. You can get the nutrients and immunity-boosting effects of drinking sea moss gel while drinking something refreshing and mood-lifting. Blend these all up and add water as you see fit for the kind of consistency you like. Voila! A banana smoothie with sea moss gel. You will need the following:
- Two frozen bananas
- 2-3 pitted dates
- 1 quarter cup of organic hemp seeds
- 3 tablespoons of sea moss gel
- 3 quarters of a teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 quarter of a teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 2 pinches of cardamom
- 3-5 black peppercorns
- 6-8 ice cubes
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- Raw Caramelized Onion Bread with a Green Olive Tapenade – If you want to be daring, Irish sea moss gel is a component of this firm and savory raw bread recipe. Blend your Irish sea moss gel with all the solid ingredients in this recipe such as half a cup of flax seeds, half a cup hemp seeds, 1 teaspoon sea salt among many others. Blend it all and then dehydrate this concoction at 115 degrees Fahrenheit for around 8 hours.
Irish sea moss is already well known because of its ability to improve immune system health and skin quality. You don’t need to use it in any of the boring ways like simply eating the sea moss gel as is or drinking supplements. Making your own sea moss gel recipes could be your way to a brand new healthier and tastier lifestyle.