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Sea Moss Benefits + How to Make Sea Moss Gel (the right way!!)

by Capri Lilly

Sea moss, also known as Irish Sea Moss, is an incredible superfood with a wide range of health benefits! If done right, making Sea Moss Gel is easy and can be used in many ways, from in your smoothies to as a face mask! I’ll show you how to make it step-by-step so that you can begin to enjoy its amazing benefits!

If you enjoy Sea Moss, you’ll definitely want to check out my 5 Different Ways To Use Sea Moss Gel next!

How to Make Sea Moss Gel

What is Sea Moss?

Irish Sea moss, also known as Chondrus Crispus, is a type of red algae native to the Atlantic shorelines of the Caribbean Islands, North America, Europe. Sea moss has become increasingly popular due to Dr. Sebi’s teachings on the healing properties of sea moss. 

Dried Raw Irish Sea Moss
Raw Dried Sea Moss (before soaking)

Sea Moss Benefits

Sea Moss is rich in amino acids, vitamin c, vitamin A, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and minerals.

It actually contains 92 of the 102 minerals that our bodies need like zinc, iodine, iron, and more!

Because it is a mucilaginous food (sticky and thick), it helps soothe the mucus membranes in the body and rid your body of any excess mucus. It is especially helpful in reducing congestion and clearing out phlegm buildup in the lungs, which is great for respiratory health–especially when you are dealing with a cold.  Sea Moss is also a prebiotic and helps to get rid of bad bacteria in the gut, which further increases digestive health. 

Not only is it great for your body to ingest, but It is also great for your skin. I am sure you have heard of the recent sea moss facial trends. Because of its high vitamin and mineral content, sea moss is great when applied directly to the skin. It helps improve eczema, psoriasis, and acne outbreaks.

Here’s a list of a few vitamins and minerals found in Sea Moss

  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Selenium
  • Vitamins A, K, and E
  • Zinc
  • Folate

How to Prepare Sea Moss

It is important to first, clean the sea moss and remove any sea debris, dirt, or particles. When handling sea moss always make sure your hands are clean so that you do not contaminate the sea moss and be sure to use purified water.

Cleaned Sea Moss (before soaking)
Cleaned Sea Moss (before soaking)

I recommend cleaning your sea moss twice to make sure it is cleaned thoroughly. Simply place your dried sea moss in a large bowl, cover it with water, and massage the sea moss. Be sure to remove any visible dirt and debris.

Soaked Irish Sea Moss
Soaked Sea Moss

After cleaning the sea moss, place the sea moss in a large bowl and cover it with purified water. Make sure all the parts of the sea moss are covered. Then, cover the sea moss and allow it to soak for at least 12-24 hours. You can leave it on the counter covered at room temperature. You do not need to soak the sea moss in the refrigerator.

Does boiling sea moss kill the nutrients? The answer is YES, it does! Do not boil your sea moss. 

Once it is done soaking it will have expanded as it has absorbed the water. It is now ready to use. You can leave the sea moss in this state and use as needed, or prepare a sea moss gel (highly recommended). 

Soaked Sea Moss
Soaked Sea Moss (ready for use)

How to Make Sea Moss Gel

Making sea moss gel is super easy! Once you have your soaked sea moss, remove the sea moss from the liquid, and transfer it to a clean, dry 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.

  • Measure out how much sea moss you want to use. The quantity of sea moss you used will result in at least double the amount once it is in gel form. 
  • Add the sea moss to a high-powered blender along with the water. You will need to add double the amount of water for the amount of sea moss. (So, 2 cups sea moss = 4 cups water) 
  • Blend until it is smooth, about 1-3 minutes. Transfer the Sea Moss into an airtight container/mason jar, and refrigerate. The sea moss gel will thicken in the fridge after 2 hours.
Close up of Sea Moss Gel

How to store Sea Moss And How long does sea moss gel last

Sea Moss Gel: Store in an airtight container. It can last in the fridge for up to 1 month. You can store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. You can also pour it into an ice-cube tray and freeze the sea moss for later use. This is perfect for taking the cubes and throwing them into your smoothies.

Dry Sea Moss (unsoaked and raw) can be stored for up to one year in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.

How to make Irish Sea Moss Gel

How to use Sea Moss in a Smoothie

  • You can put the soaked sea moss directly into a smoothie, about 1-2 tbsp
  • Or you can add some sea moss gel 2 tablespoons up to 1/4 cup.

How much sea moss gel to take daily

The recommended amount to take daily is 1-2 tablespoons per day. You can take up to 1/4 cup. 

Can you eat sea moss by itself?

Eating sea moss gel on its own is not recommended. On its own sea moss does have a slight seaweed taste. However, you cannot taste it at all when it is  mixed into juices and smoothies, or used as a thickener in soups or dessert.

How much Bladderwrack to add to Sea Moss

Bladderwrack enhances the sea moss and also has a ton of incredible benefits of its own, including increasing your thyroid health, aiding in digestion, and cleansing the body. If you want to add bladderwrack to your sea moss, add 1 tbsp bladderwrack powder per 8 ounces of Sea Moss. 

Uses of sea moss gel:

Sea moss does not have a taste (at all), which is why I love it so much and why it can be added to a variety of foods! 

Try using sea moss  gel in your:

  • Smoothies
  • Juices
  • To replace a thickening agent in cooking
  • As a salad dressing
  • Dip for fruit 
  • Face Mask
  • Hair Mask

I'll show you how to make sea moss gel from start to finish!

Irish Sea Moss Gel and Soaked
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How to Prepare Sea Moss

Sea moss, also known as Irish Sea Moss, is an incredible superfood with a wide range of health benefits! It’s been lauded for its immense health benefits for years! Making Sea Moss Gel is incredibly easy and has so many uses!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 5 mins
Course: Sauce or Marinade
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Healthy Options, Vegan
Keyword: how to make sea moss gel, How to prepare sea moss, irish sea moss, sea moss
Servings: 16 ounces
Calories: 10.1kcal

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Dried Raw Irish Sea Moss
  • 2 cups Purified Water

Instructions

  • Place the dried sea moss in a large bowl, cover it with water, and massage the sea moss. Be sure to remove any visible dirt and debris. Drain and repeat this step once more.
  • Place the sea moss in a large bowl and cover it with purified water. Make sure all the parts of the sea moss are covered. Allow the sea moss to soak for 12-24 hours. (at room temperature)
  • Add the sea moss to a high-powered blender along with the water. ou will need to add double the amount of water for the amount of sea moss. (So, 1 cup of sea moss = 2 cups water) 
  • Blend until it is smooth, about 1-3 minutes. Transfer the Sea Moss into an airtight container/mason jar, and refrigerate. The sea moss gel will thicken in the fridge after 2 hours.

Video

Notes

  • It is normal for the sea moss to thicken in the fridge.
  • Sea Moss can last in the fridge for up to 1 month
  • You can store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • You can also pour it into an ice-cube tray and freeze the sea moss for later use. This is perfect for taking the cubes and throwing them into your smoothies.
  • Add 2 tablespoons up to 1/4 cup of Sea Moss to your favorite Smoothie

Where did I get my Sea Moss

I got my sea moss from Donatasco. (not an affiliate link). Always make sure you get your sea moss from a reputable source.

If you would like a delicious Irish Sea Moss Smoothie Recipe, try this one!

Chocolate Raspberry Sea Moss Smoothies. Loaded with tons of antioxidants, amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, and more! 

Cacao Sea Moss Smoothie

You can also join me on my Smoothie Series, starting with this delicious Wellness Smoothie!

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60 comments

Beth Pierce May 22, 2020 - 5:07 pm

5 stars
This is interesting! I’d have to try this!

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Emily Liao May 22, 2020 - 5:10 pm

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I’ve always wanted to learn how to make this! Thanks for the easy breakdown of the steps. Can’t wait to try!

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Capri Lilly May 22, 2020 - 6:54 pm

Hi Emily! I am glad you found this post helpful!

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Roxana May 22, 2020 - 5:42 pm

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This was an interesting post. Was good to learn about sea moss. And to know about the benefits.

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Tara May 22, 2020 - 5:48 pm

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Oh wow! I haven’t worked with sea moss before. I love all those health benefits! Will have to try using it in a smoothie.

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Capri Lilly May 22, 2020 - 6:54 pm

It is great in smoothies! Especially because you can’t taste it!

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Andrea Metlika May 22, 2020 - 6:03 pm

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I had no idea of the health benefits of sea moss. I really need to try this.

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Alexandra September 4, 2020 - 6:59 am

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I was reading about this recently, so I was amazed to come across your post. I am so curious to try this! Love the idea of freezing in the ice cube tray for when you need it!

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Capri Lilly September 4, 2020 - 4:37 pm

Hi Alexandra! I always make a bit extra and freeze whatever is left in ice cube trays. It’s been helpful to just grab a cube when I am making a smoothie. Also, freezing it preserves it at its optimal level of freshness and potency.

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Rhonda Benton September 24, 2020 - 12:58 am

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Great simple process. Ready to make my own.

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Capri Lilly September 24, 2020 - 6:11 pm

That’s great!!

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Debra September 4, 2020 - 12:19 pm

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Sign me up for all those health benefits!

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Capri Lilly September 4, 2020 - 4:38 pm

lol Signed up! Thanks for reading through the article Debra! Sea Moss definitely offers amazing health benefits!

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Laura September 4, 2020 - 2:39 pm

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Thanks, it worked great!

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Capri Lilly September 4, 2020 - 4:38 pm

Hi Laura! I am glad to hear it!

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Tamara September 4, 2020 - 4:21 pm

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I’m so thankful for these instructions because I was a bit lost!

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Capri Lilly September 4, 2020 - 4:39 pm

Hi Tamara! I am happy you found the instructions helpful!

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Emily Flint September 4, 2020 - 5:54 pm

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Such a unique way to get some vitamins! Thanks for all of the info!

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Maren September 7, 2020 - 1:26 am

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Ive always wanted to know how to cook with sea moss! Thanks so much for this informative post

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Swathi September 7, 2020 - 8:37 pm

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This sea moss sounds not only delicious but also with lot of nutrients, Thanks for sharing this.

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Antonio Braxton September 11, 2020 - 11:16 pm

If I wanted to add bladderwrack and burdock in my seamoss how much can I measure in the sea moss

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Capri Lilly October 17, 2020 - 12:28 am

Hi Antonio! A tablespoon per 8 ounces of Sea Moss works great!

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MakeupbarSC September 17, 2020 - 7:19 pm

5 stars
I absolutely love sea moss and thank you soooo much for this detailed recipe!!!

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Capri Lilly September 18, 2020 - 12:26 am

You’re so welcome!!

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Eden H September 18, 2020 - 12:50 am

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This was easy to make! Thanks so much!

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Capri Lilly September 18, 2020 - 1:06 am

Hi Eden! You are welcome! I hope you enjoy your sea moss!

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Leslie September 18, 2020 - 12:53 am

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This is such a great and easy to follow recipe!!! Thanks! Will definitely be making!

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Capri Lilly September 18, 2020 - 1:06 am

Yes! I am so happy to hear that! 🙂

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Maya September 18, 2020 - 1:00 am

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I’ve always been too intimidated to make my own but you broke this down perfectly. I can’t wait to try!

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Capri Lilly September 18, 2020 - 1:03 am

Hi Maya! I am so glad you found the information useful!

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Ariana Parrish September 18, 2020 - 2:04 am

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Looks great, and looking for something new to use for salads dressings. Also, how often do you suggest I use this as a face mask?

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Capri Lilly September 20, 2020 - 3:56 pm

Using it as a salad dressing sounds great! I’ve done that a few times and added fresh herbs and lemon to make it even tastier! As for the mask, I would say as often as you like. There are some that do it every day. I personally like to use it as a mask 2-3 times a week. I mix a tablespoon with about a teaspoon of turmeric and where it for 20 minutes.

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Katie September 18, 2020 - 2:18 am

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This is so unique and cool! Can’t wait to try it.

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Capri Lilly September 20, 2020 - 3:56 pm

Hi Katie! I hope you enjoy!

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Julia September 18, 2020 - 2:57 am

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I am so happy I have learned something new today! I had no idea what sea moss is:) Thank you for the detailed post, very well explained and love the video too !

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Capri Lilly September 20, 2020 - 3:56 pm

Thank you Julia!

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Cookilicious September 18, 2020 - 4:25 am

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Wow ..I had never heard of sea moss! You learn something new every day! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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veenaazmanov September 18, 2020 - 4:49 am

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Loved reading your post and the detailing that you gave on Sea Moss. Very informative and I just loved the uses it has and the healthy benefits too. Thanks.

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Capri Lilly September 20, 2020 - 3:54 pm

You’re welcome Vee!

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Jessie September 18, 2020 - 5:35 am

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Sea Moss….. I never knew! I love the health benefits though I am gonna have to give this a try.

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Capri Lilly September 20, 2020 - 3:54 pm

Yes, definitely do! It can be used for so many things!

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Angela September 19, 2020 - 6:57 pm

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Can’t wait to try recipe this recipe! I didn’t know sea moss had so many health benefits, thank you!

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Capri Lilly September 20, 2020 - 3:58 pm

You’re welcome, Angela!

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Levy Lee October 5, 2020 - 3:54 pm

You need to tell people about the using the water which can result in salty sea moss. I kinda ruined a batch because I didn’t know.

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Capri Lilly October 5, 2020 - 8:51 pm

Hi Levy. I haven’t come across the problem of my sea moss being too salty. It’s best to use the water that the sea moss was soaked in as it holds a ton of nutrients, but you can always use fresh purified water to make the gel.

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Erica October 7, 2020 - 9:20 pm

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This is way easier than I thought it would be. Thank you!

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Capri Lilly October 7, 2020 - 9:34 pm

You’re welcome Erica! It’s super easy! 🙂

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Shelley October 7, 2020 - 9:29 pm

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Ok – wow – this is such an interesting post! I’ve literally never heard of sea moss, and certainly had no idea about its nutrition benefits … or what on earth to do with it! Super informative!

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Chocolate Raspberry Sea Moss Smoothie - Good Food Baddie October 7, 2020 - 9:36 pm

[…] Sea Moss is rich in amino acids, vitamin c, vitamin A, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and minerals. It actually contains 92 of the 102 minerals that our bodies need like zinc, iodine, iron, and more! Because it is a mucilaginous food (sticky and thick), it helps soothe the mucus membranes in the body and rid your body of any excess mucus. It is especially helpful in reducing congestion and clearing out phlegm buildup in the lungs, which is great for respiratory health–especially when you are dealing with a cold. I share everything about Sea Moss benefits and how to prepare it in my latest post! […]

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Kelli October 7, 2020 - 9:41 pm

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I’ve never heard of this but it sounds so interesting! I’m 6 months pregnant and my skin has been SO red and bumpy my entire pregnancy. Definitely need to try it ASAP!

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Capri Lilly October 7, 2020 - 10:09 pm

Oh yes! Please let me know how it goes!

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Vicky October 8, 2020 - 12:29 am

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This is so interesting! Thanks for sharing this helpful recipe!

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Capri Lilly October 8, 2020 - 3:30 am

You’re welcome, Vicky! Glad you found it helpful

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5 Different Ways to Sea Moss Gel - Good Food Baddie October 9, 2020 - 3:18 am

[…] Sea moss has become increasingly popular due to Dr. Sebi’s teachings on the healing properties of sea moss. If you would like to know more about sea moss, including how to make sea moss gel, take a look at my post: Sea Moss Benefits + How to Make Sea Moss Gel (the right way!!).  […]

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Stacey October 9, 2020 - 7:07 pm

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I am glad that I found this recipe. Can you post one on how to make fruit infused sea moss gel? I really love when its infused with peaches and ginger/lemon.

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Capri Lilly October 9, 2020 - 10:01 pm

Hi Stacey! That is a great idea! I will do some recipe testing and see what I can come up with 🙂

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Monica October 13, 2020 - 4:38 pm

I tried adding burdock root and bladderwrack to my purple seamoss and it’s gritty. I blended it with my Ninja blender. It also didn’t turn to gel. Not sure what I did wrong.

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Capri Lilly October 17, 2020 - 12:21 am

Hi Monica! How much burdock root and bladderwrack did you add?

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Linda Custis October 14, 2020 - 4:28 pm

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What’s the difference in using alkaline water instead of purified water? Which is better?

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Capri Lilly October 17, 2020 - 12:18 am

Hi Linda! Alkaline water generally has a ph of 8-9 and purified is relatively neutral with a ph of 7. If you have alkaline water that would be even better to use! But if not, purified water works great!

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