Sea Moss Powder: Uses, Benefits, and Recipes!
Sea moss (Chondrus crispus) is primarily consumed in gel or capsules. But this superfood is also available in powder, an often overlooked yet very convenient way to take sea moss.
What is sea moss powder? Is it as efficient as the gel? How to use it?
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What is Sea Moss Powder?
Sea moss, scientifically known as Chondrus crispus, is an edible seaweed that naturally grows along the Atlantic Coasts. It's mostly harvested in Ireland and the Caribbean, where people have used it for centuries in traditional medicines.
Depending on its quality, sea moss can contain up to 92 minerals and vitamins. Therefore, it’s one of the richest foods in nutrients and can help prevent and treat numerous health conditions.
There are several ways to take sea moss, including raw (fresh or dehydrated), in gel, capsules, powder, or even gummies.
While sea moss gel and capsules are the most popular forms of sea moss, the powder is often overlooked. Yet, sea moss powder is an incredibly versatile product that’s convenient to use, just as potent as sea moss gel, and provides the same health benefits!
Sea moss powder is obtained by drying sea moss (preferably in the sun) until it's completely moisture-free. Then, it's ground into a fine powder.
At Organics Nature, we’ve formulated a unique product that combines pure sea moss powder with collagen peptides (hydrolyzed collagen), so you can reap optimized health benefits from these two ingredients.
Sea Moss Powder BenefitsSea moss powder offers the same health benefits as other forms of sea moss. It can help with the following:
- Vitamin and mineral supplementation
- Immunity boosting
- Weight loss
- Thyroid support
- Heart health
- Blood pressure
- Gut health
- Energy boost
- Skin health and appearance
- Hair growth
- Respiratory conditions
- Sexual life
- Menstruation disorders
- Women’s health
- Anxiety and depression
- Sleep disorders
- Muscle building
- Cancer prevention
Depending on how you prefer taking or using sea moss (orally, pure, mixed with foods, or topically), you may choose the powder, gel, capsules, or gummies.
Powder vs. gel
While sea moss powder is a dry product, sea moss gel is obtained by blending sea moss with water. Both have similar uses and are tasteless and easy to incorporate into foods or drinks.
One advantage of sea moss powder over the gel is its higher bioavailability (the ability to be absorbed and effectively used by the body). In other words, you need a smaller amount of powder to get the same potency as the gel.
Another advantage of sea moss powder is its longer shelf life. Sea moss gel is a fresh product that lasts up to 4 weeks in the refrigerator, whereas the powder is dried and less prone to contamination and degradation. You can keep it for several months in a cool, dry place.
On the other hand, the gel is more convenient for topical applications as it can be applied pure onto the skin, whereas you would have to mix sea moss powder with water first, which amounts to reconstituting the gel.
Powder vs. capsulesSea moss capsules and powder are the same product packaged differently: sea moss capsules are encapsulated sea moss powder. Therefore, the health benefits and the bioavailability are the same.
The only differences are convenience and storage. Capsules have a longer shelf life, as the powder is protected from humidity or dust. They’re easier to transport and take with you on a weekend trip or holiday. They also have the advantage of being pre-dosed to the milligram so that you know the exact amount of sea moss you have daily. It might be more manageable when beginning with sea moss.
On the other hand, sea moss powder offers a wider variety of uses. While you can only swallow the capsules, you can cook, make smoothies, make a face mask, or even water the plants with sea moss powder.
How to Use Sea Moss Powder?As mentioned above, you can use sea moss powder in many ways. Traditionally, people used to drink sea moss water. Sea moss powder is water-soluble, so it easily dissolves in a glass of water you can drink just like that! However, most prefer adding it to foods or drinks.
Here are five ideas for using sea moss powder:
1. Cooking with sea moss powderWhile raw sea moss has an ocean-like taste that can be unpleasant for some, the powder is almost tasteless and won’t alter the flavors of your recipes.
Add one serving of sea moss powder per person (see below) when cooking. It's best to add it in the last step of your recipe to ensure the sea moss does not boil, which could kill its nutrients and reduce its health benefits. It dissolves well into sauces, dips, soups, salad dressings, etc.
You can also sprinkle some sea moss powder on top of your plate as a condiment or a spice. It’s especially good as a salad topping but can liven up really any dish!
Baking with sea moss powder is an excellent option too! Add a few teaspoons of sea moss powder to your cookie dough, pastries, or cakes.
Lastly, add sea moss powder to your drinks, smoothies, juices, lemonades, or even coffee and hot chocolate!
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2. Preparing a traditional Jamaican moss drink
Various recipes use different ingredients and spices, such as vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, peanut butter, isinglass, honey, flax seeds, condensed milk, etc. You can make Jamaican moss drink with sea moss gel or powder.
Here’s an easy recipe using sea moss powder:
Ingredients (2 servings):
- 6 grams (2 teaspoons) sea moss powder or alternatively Organics Nature’s Collagen & Sea Moss Powder – Vanilla & Caramel flavor
- 2 cups almond milk
- 3 tablespoons coconut cream
- 2 tablespoons agave syrup or another natural sweetener to taste
- ½ teaspoon grounded cinnamon powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- A pinch of nutmeg
- Add the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Enjoy cold or warm up in a saucepan over low-medium heat for a few minutes!
3. Making sea moss gel from sea moss powder
Many also use sea moss powder to make their sea moss gel at home. It allows you to make smaller batches of gel and prevent it from going bad if you’re not a big consumer.
To make sea moss gel from sea moss powder, mix two tablespoons of powder in 30 ml of warm water (not boiling!). Stir well, cover, and keep in the fridge for 6 to 8 hours until the gel sets. Ready!
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4. Making a face mask with sea moss powder
Sea moss has numerous skin benefits. It’s a gentle, non-comedogenic ingredient that deeply nourishes the skin with essential minerals and vitamins, keeps it moisturized, prevents signs of aging like wrinkles, and keeps pimples and acne at bay thanks to its natural antibacterial properties.
The most convenient way to make a sea moss face mask is to use sea moss gel, as it can be applied pure onto the skin or mixed with other natural skincare ingredients. But you can also make a face mask with sea moss powder.
You first need to reconstitute the gel substance from the powder. Mix two tablespoons of powder in 30 ml warm water (not boiling!). Stir well, cover, and keep in the fridge for 6 to 8 hours until the gel sets. Then, apply the gel to your face and leave the mask for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and gently pat your skin dry.
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5. Watering the plants with sea moss powder
Did you know that sea moss is also excellent for your plants? It enriches the soil with essential nutrients your indoor and outdoor plants will greatly appreciate! Add about two tablespoons of Irish moss powder to half a gallon of water.
How much sea moss powder to take daily?
While sea moss can provide a handful of benefits, it can also damage your health if consumed excessively.
Like any superfood and supplement, it works with consistency and regularity rather than quantity. Sea moss benefits are not immediate, and it may take several days to notice any change.
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For most people, anything from 500 mg to 3000 mg of sea moss powder daily is a safe yet efficient dosage. Start with the lowest dosage to give your body time to adjust to this new ingredient, and gradually increase if needed.
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How to Make Sea Moss Powder?
Making sea moss powder at home is very easy. All you need is some dry sea moss and a food grinder!
Once you've ground your sea moss into a fine powder, please keep it in an air-tight jar in a cool, dry place.
What about you? Have you ever tried sea moss powder? How do you like to use it? Do you prefer over sea moss gel?