Sea moss, also known as Irish Sea Moss, is an incredible superfood with a wide range of health benefits! Making Sea Moss Gel is super 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!

Once you see how easy it is to make sea moss gel, explore the many uses with these guides: 5 Ways To Use Sea Moss Gel, Elderberry Infused Sea Moss, and Sea Moss Smoothie. For more natural immune boosting remedies, check out our Fire Cider Tonic, Homemade Elderberry Syrup, or Elderberry Sea Moss Gummies next!

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What is Sea Moss?

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

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Sea Moss In Various Forms: Top left- raw sea moss that has been soaked, Top right- Sea Moss Gel, Bottom Left- Raw, unsoaked sea moss, Bottom Right- Sea Moss Powder

Types of Sea Moss:

There are several species of seaweed/algae that are commonly referred to as sea moss. Today’s most popular and commonly used are Chondrus Crispus, Genus Gracilaria, and Eucheuma Cottonii.

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

How long should sea moss be soaked?

12-14 hours

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.

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 it as needed, or prepare a sea moss gel (highly recommended).

Soaked Sea Moss
Soaked Sea Moss (ready for use)

Does boiling sea moss kill the nutrients?

Boiling the sea moss is a method some people use when making sea moss gel. I prefer to soak it raw to maintain the highest integrity and nutrient content. To learn how to properly boil sea moss to make gel, check out this step-by-step guide on How To Boil Sea Moss To Make Sea Moss Gel.

Sea moss gel is a great addition to hot drinks and you can also add it to foods when cooking and it still provides incredible nutrient benefits. My Blueberry Chia Sea Moss Jam is a great example.

How to Make Sea Moss Gel (Sea Moss Gel Recipe)

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 of 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
Freshly Blended Sea Moss To Make 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

Common Questions

How to use Sea Moss in a Smoothie

  • You can put the soaked sea moss directly into a smoothie, about 4 to 8 grams
  • Or you can add 1-2 tablespoons of sea moss gel

How much sea moss gel to take daily

The recommended amount of sea moss gel to take daily  is 1-2 tablespoons or 4 to 8 grams.

Can you eat too much sea moss?

Sea moss is a rich source of  iodine, an essential mineral that helps stimulate proper thyroid function. However, having too much iodine in your diet can cause health issues. Always be mindful of how much sea moss you are consuming daily and stick to the recommended amount of 1 to 2 tablespoons or 4 to 8 grams.

According to a study published in the Environmental Science and Pollution Research Journal, taking 4 to 8 grams of sea moss a day does not pose a health risk.

Can you eat sea moss by itself?

You technically can eat sea moss gel on its own. Some people do not mind the taste and enjoy taking it with nothing else. On its own sea moss may 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 desserts.

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.

Here is a good Bladderwrack option: Amazon | XPRS Nutra Organic Bladderwrack Powder

Does Sea Moss Need To Be Refrigerated?

Sea moss gel is perishable and needs to be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Sea Moss gel typically lasts up to a month in the fridge. Do not store sea moss gel in pantries or room-temperature areas; it will go bad. Only raw dried sea moss can be stored at room temperature in a sealed bag. It typically lasts up to one year.

Jamaican Irish Moss Drink
Jamaican Irish Moss Drink

Uses of sea moss gel:

Sea moss does not have a taste (at all) when mixed with foods and liquids, 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
chocolate raspberry sea moss smoothie
Chocolate Raspberry Sea Moss Smoothie

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.

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Sea Moss Gel Recipe (How To Make Sea Moss Gel)

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!
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Course: Sauce or Marinade
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Healthy Options, Vegan
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 20 tablespoons
Calories: 10.1kcal

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Dried Raw Irish Sea Moss (about 29 grams when weighed)
  • 1-2 cups Alkaline or Spring Water, plus more for cleaning and soaking the sea moss

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.
  • Transfer the Sea Moss into an airtight mason jar. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Enjoy 1-2 tablespoons a day in smoothies, tea, coffee, soups, jams, etc.

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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. 

  • The recipe will yield at least 1.25 cups or more, depending on how thick your sea moss is. 
  • Use alkaline or spring water to clean, soak, and 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 may appear runny. The Sea Moss will thicken in the fridge. 
  • Sea Moss can last in the fridge for 3-4 weeks.
  • 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 1-2 tablespoons of Sea Moss to your favorite Smoothie
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STORE: Store Sea Moss Gel 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 to use it for later use. This is perfect for taking the cubes and throwing them into your smoothies.
What does spoiled sea moss smell like? Always be mindful of checking your sea moss gel before consuming it. Storing conditions vary and can impact how long the sea moss gel will last and be safe for consumption. If you open your sea moss gel and it has a pungent fishy smell, smells sour, or has any signs of molding or discoloration, this indicates that the sea moss has spoiled. Do not consume it and make sure to immediately throw it in the trash.
HOW MUCH TO TAKE: The recommended amount of Sea Moss Gel to take daily is 1-2 tablespoons per day. 
 
 
 
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Nutrition

Calories: 10.1kcal

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  1. Hello
    I just purchase a big batch of Seamoss that I want to maximize, the trouble I have is that I don’t know ow how much seamoss versus how much water to put in my blender so that it’s not too thin and not too thick .

    Can you a me get the right measurements.
    My blender ninja can take 2.1 liter if that helps …
    For every once of seamoss how much water should I be using 🤔…

    Thanks for the help

    1. Hi! For one ounce of dried sea moss, soaked and expanded, start with 1 cup of water and blend until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add up to 1 cup more, usually 1.5 cups of water is enough to make a thick gel. Do keep in mind that the gel will also thicken in the fridge.

  2. Hi Capri Lily,
    I think I worded my previous question incorrectly. I give 1/2 Tbsp. of the sea moss water, what’s left after I make the gel, twice a day to my cat for his health and allergy issue and it helps him a lot so I thought to share it with a couple of friends/family, one 60 and one 80 + so they can experience it before they spend their money. What amount of the water would equal 2 Tbsps. of the gel?

    Thank you so much!

  3. Thank you, I give 1/2 Tbsp. twice a day to my cat for his health and allergy issue and it helps him a lot so I thought it would help a human too. I want to give it to a couple of friends, one 60 and one 80 + so they can feel the difference before they spend money on it. I am sensitive to things and feel right away even the water so want to get the amount that would equal 2 Tbsps. of the gel. I feel it is better than throwing it all out even though the plants love it too. 🙂

    1. I totally get that :). If you are sensitive, it is always a good idea to start out with 1-2 teaspoons and see how you feel, then work your way up to 1-2 tablespoons if desired.

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