Sea Moss was most famously used by the Irish in the 19th century during the Irish Potato Famine of 1846-1848, hence the term ‘Irish Moss’. Because of the many health benefits of this incredible seaweed, an entire population of starving families were able to survive on Sea Moss and water until food became available. It was enough to nourish and protect them against starvation and death.
According to ancient Irish folklore, Irish Moss was carried on trips for protection and safety and placed beneath rugs to increase luck and to ensure a steady flow of money into the house or pockets of the person. Irish Moss was also used widely in the treatment of tuberculosis and pneumonia.
Sea moss grows in abundance in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The common misconception is that sea moss from certain parts of the world are better than others (i.e. Ireland or the Caribbean). The only significant factor for quality Irish Sea Moss is the cleanliness of the water that it grows in and the process of harvest, regardless of what part of the world it is grown:
Quality sea moss is naturally harvested vs. pool-grown in the cleanest seas that have no pollution or ports for industrial or commercial use, whatsoever. It should not be bleached or tampered with, but simply dried after harvesting from the sea, tested for metals, packaged and shipped straight to your door. In order to grow under optimal temperatures, sea moss should preferably be grown in tropical climates in coastal areas for maximum nutritional value. Undisturbed waters ensure a clean sea vegetable intact with all the essential nutrients and minerals that make Irish Sea Moss an incredible superfood.
1. Take a handful of MegaPlants Irish Sea Moss from the bag and place it into a large bowl of water. The sea moss will expand 3-4x its size so make sure to fill with water generously, Rinse and repeat a few times to remove sand and sediment.
2. Place bowl in the fridge for 18-24 hours to let it soak and expand.
3. Take out bowl and squeeze a slice of lime/lemon or lemon juice into the water and sea moss and rinse thoroughly to remove any excess sediment.
4. Place the sea moss into the blender and pour in just enough water to cover fully. Blend until the texture is thick and pasty.
5. Pour it into an airtight jar/bowl and store in the refrigerator for an hour
6. Your sea moss gel is now ready to be used. Add to your smoothies, salads, make teas, soups, use as thickener for desserts, etc. Visit our website for more information and recipes.
7. Gel can be stored in fridge for 21 days. Gel can be stored in freezer for up to 365 days. Dry sea moss can be stored at room temperature or fridge for up to 365 days.