You asked for it, we have it! Spanning over 250 million miles at an average of 2 miles deep, the wonders of the ocean come to life. Here lies a treasure of riches that we are just beginning to discover. While it may take centuries to uncover all the marvels of this magnificent realm, we’ve managed to access a piece of these ocean riches firsthand.
Welcome to the enchanting world of Irish Moss!
This ancient marine treasure, a type of Sea Moss, has been captivating health enthusiasts and culinary explorers alike with its myriad of benefits. From its impressive nutritional profile to its incredible versatility in the kitchen, Sea Moss has earned its place as a superfood sensation.
Join us on a journey as we share the magic of our Irish Moss and how to incorporate this ocean gem into your daily life.
What is Irish Sea Moss?
Irish Moss is a species of red algae that thrives in the cool Atlantic waters along the rocky coasts of Ireland and other parts of the North Atlantic. Widely known as Sea Moss, we call it Chondrus crispus. Growing in inlets, on the rocks, wild harvested by us, in the pristine cold waters of Maine.
Sea Moss is typically harvested for its concentration of carrageenan, a vegan thickening agent used in baking, cosmetics, and other products. Carrageenan from sea vegetables is a natural source and is perfectly safe to consume. This is not like a carrageenan extract that is commonly used as a thickener in processed foods and beverages.
With its gel-like texture and subtle taste, this fascinating marine plant has been cherished for centuries as a nutritional powerhouse. Irish Moss is rich in essential minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, providing a remarkable spectrum of health benefits.
Though more research is needed, there are some promising advantages to using the gel form of this underwater ingredient.
Benefits of Irish Sea Moss Gel
This thick gel-like texture has a faint 'ocean-like' smell, is purplish in color, and infused with ocean riches in the form of vitamins and minerals.
- Contains 92 of the 102 essential amino acids
- Rich in protein, vitamin A, iodine, iron, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, copper, sulfur, and antioxidants
- Anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory
- Natural mucilage properties that aids in digestions and promotes gut health
- Provides a plethora of antioxidants
- Strengthens the immune system
- Improves thyroid function
- Improves emotional health
- Nourishes skin, hair, and nails
- May raise libido
- Boosts energy
How To Make Irish Sea Moss Gel
Sea moss gel is simply water and soaked Irish Moss that has been blended up!
3 cups Distilled Water
1 oz. Irish Moss
Airtight storage container (a mason jar works well)
Step 1: Clean and soak. Place 1 oz. into a large glass bowl, then pour in 2 cups of distilled water over the top until the moss is completely submerged. Cover the bowl in plastic wrap, then refrigerate for 12-48 hours.
Step 2: Stir. After 12-48 hours, remove the moss from the bowl and drop it into a blender. Add in 1 cup of distilled water, then blend away! Depending on the texture you’re looking for, blend until you reach the desired consistency. (Less time = chunkier, more time = silky smooth).
Step 3: Store. Your Irish Moss gel should be thick and ready to scoop/pour into your airtight container for storage. You can store your gel for up to 3-4 weeks in the refrigerator. Consume within a week to maintain freshness and quality, using it daily, or as needed.
Your gel will be a purplish color and thick like sour cream. There may be a faint mineral or grassy smell. Most of this smell should diminish significantly after soaking the moss. It should have a very mild taste, slightly minerally but not too much like anything!
How To Use Irish Sea Moss Gel
Depending on which health benefit you’re seeking, Sea Moss gel can be added to foods for a nutritious twist to smoothies, desserts, and savory dishes, or used directly on the skin and hair to help replenish your cells.
Its mild flavor won't overpower the taste of your dishes, blending perfectly into most recipes! Start with small amounts and adjust to your preference.
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of the gel to smoothies for a creamy texture
- Incorporate into desserts like puddings, mousse, or ice cream
- Replace other thickeners like gelatin or cornstarch
- Mix into beverages like herbal teas, juices, or nut milks for added nutrition
- Add a spoonful to sauces, dressings, or dips to enhance the texture
- Stir into oatmeal, chia pudding, or yogurt to elevate their nutritional content
- Create a nutritious spread by blending with nut butter or avocado
- Thicken soups or stews
For the skin and hair, it is essential to patch test before using it for the first time, especially if you have sensitive skin or scalp, to ensure there are no allergic reactions.
Face mask: Scoop out 1 tbsp and apply a thin layer to your face. Leave the gel for 5 mins, rinse clean, and pat dry.
Hair treatment: Scoop out 1-2 tbsp and work through freshly cleaned hair. Leave for 5 mins, then rinse clean.
Our sustainably harvested Irish Moss is available in either whole leaf, flakes, granules or powder form. The possibilities are endless! Enjoy the wonders of the ocean and enhance your wellness with the magic of the Sea.