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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

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

Because it is mucilaginous (sticky and thick), it helps soothe the mucus membranes in the body and helps your body get rid of any excess mucus. It is especially helpful in reducing congestion and clearing out phlegm buildup in the lungs, which is particularly helpful 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. 

Sea Moss 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
  • Manganese
  • Selenium

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 filtered, spring, or alkaline water. Never use tap water to clean your sea moss. 

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 filtered, alkaline, or spring 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. (If your water has lots of debris in it or is cloudy, discard your water and use fresh spring or alkaline water to make your sea moss gel.)

  • Add the sea moss to a high-powered blender along with the water. Use 1 cup or water to start and add more depending on the consistency you would like your gel. 
  • 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 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 Gel. 

Jamaican Irish Moss Drink
Jamaican Irish Moss Drink

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 hope you enjoyed learning about Sea Moss Benefits + How to Make Sea Moss Gel!

If you use this recipe, don’t forget to rate it and let me know what you think in the comments below! Take pictures, tag #goodfoodbaddie, and share it with me on Instagram! I love hearing from you! 

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, packed
  • 1-2 cups Filtered or Spring 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 filtered or spring water. (do not use tap 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. Start with 1 cup of water and add more if necessary (no more than 2 cups total)
  • 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

  • Start with 1 cup of water when blending and add up to 2 cups, to reach your desired consistency. Remember, the sea moss gel will thicken when you put it in the fridge. 
  • Use purified or spring water to blend the sea moss. 
  • The amount of water you use will depend on how thick you want your sea moss gel.
  • When you initially blend the sea moss it will appear runny. The Sea Moss will 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

Please refer to my Nutrition Disclaimer Here.

Where did I get my Sea Moss

I got my sea moss from Donata Skinfood. Always make sure you get your sea moss from a reputable source.

Recipes using Sea Moss gel

Jamaican Irish Moss Drink
Jamaican Irish Moss Drink
Blueberry Chia Sea Moss Jam
Blueberry Chia Sea Moss Jam

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

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98 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

5 stars
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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Sandy January 11, 2021 - 10:21 am

5 stars
Thank you great presentation 👍 👏 👌 🙌

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Capri Lilly January 11, 2021 - 5:39 pm

Thank you!

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Roxana May 22, 2020 - 5:42 pm

5 stars
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

5 stars
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

5 stars
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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Caroline December 16, 2020 - 6:49 am

How much does this make?
Is purple sea moss better?

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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

5 stars
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

5 stars
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

5 stars
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

5 stars
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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Renee December 2, 2020 - 5:35 am

I haven’t tried it, but I’ve heard that some soak it with a bit of lime juice to help cut the salt taste.

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Capri Lilly December 8, 2020 - 1:28 am

I’ve tried it both ways. If you rinse your sea moss well, it should not taste salty. I have not run into my sea moss tasting salty. I have tried soaking my sea moss with lime and it does not make a noticeable difference.

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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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