Wellness Wednesday: Everything you ever wanted to know about Sea Moss
Magic in a jar, with 90% of the nutrients our bodies need!
Many of you have probably heard or used sea moss, but admittedly, I never heard about it until last year when my cousin in the States told me about it. When I mentioned it to a friend of mine, she had already been consuming it herself. She told me that they usually add it to their smoothies, since it has 90% nutrients our bodies need. 90%! Not only that, you can use the gel as a topical "ointment" for various (if not all) skin ailments.
For about a decade or so, I've been suffering from psoriasis. It was a pretty mild case but it was bad enough that I was prescribed steroid cream. But due to the steroids, it also wasn't completely safe to use often since that will just go into your bloodstream. I watched many videos on YouTube with people using the gel on their skin and how it helped them. So I thought why not give it a try on my hands where the psoriasis was very inflamed and noticeable. I applied the gel 4 to 5 days straight and my psoriasis completely disappeared and never came back!! This was back in July 2020 and I look at my hands now and it makes me so happy to see my hands looking normal again. If you're curious to see pictures, I'd be happy to post some but for now I wanted to show you how easy it is to make the gel.
This is what it looks like at first. Completely dry and crunchy. Don't be fooled by how little this looks because it expands quite a lot when soaked.
1) Give it a quick rinse under the faucet to get rid of any sand. 2) In a large bowl, soak in some water for about 20 to 30 mins before rinsing it out again. By this time, it would have turned a bit translucent and will have a bit of a slimy texture. 3) After rinsing, soak in clean water (tap is fine) with some lime. This will get rid of any of that salt water smell.
I personally like to soak it overnight however you can speed up the process by boiling the moss for about 15-20 minutes. I've never tried this so I'd recommend finding videos online. I like to do one last rinse before placing the rehydrated moss into my blender.
I forgot to take a picture before blending but you get the idea. Toss in the rehydrated moss into your blender with about a half cup of spring water. I used alkaline water instead this time. You also don't want to put too much water at once so gradually add water until you reach the consistency that you want. My personal preference is a consistency like jam.
What does it taste like? Nothing really. Does it smell? Nope. How else would you take it? I will add some to my smoothies, my tea or even take it straight up. But like many things, it's good to take a break so after about 3 weeks, do just that.