How To Make Sea Moss Tea

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From healthy beverages such as smoothies and teas to acai bowls and superfood rice dishes, sea moss is one of those star-stunned ingredients that the social media world is so eager to post about.

And while there are many ways to consume these healthy algae, the best way to start is by brewing it as tea. So, let your Insta feed rest, and let’s put sea moss to the test. 

Read on to see why you need sea moss in your cuppa and how to make the best-tasting seaweed brew.

What Is Sea Moss and Where Does It Come From?

Sea moss, otherwise known as Irish sea moss, is a type of algae that is mostly found in the rocky Atlantic parts near the British Isles and the Caribbean and grows in Europe and North America.

This red type of seaweed has been used as a dietary supplement for thousands of years. In some places, such as Ireland and Jamaica, it has a rich history of medicinal use. Traditionally, sea moss has been used as a folk medicine to cure pneumonia and tuberculosis. Today, sea moss has a variety of uses.

Sea moss is mainly harvested to extract its carrageenan – a compound that is a gel-like carb that is commonly used in cosmetics and baking. This type of algae can be consumed on its own and added as a thickener to sauces, smoothies, soups, stews, or even brewed as a tea.

For many years, sea moss stood forgotten by the health community. Used to nourish those who worked in potato fields, this cheap ingredient was considered food for the poor. It wasn’t until Dr. Sebi (a well-known herbalist) started exploring its benefits that the health enthusiasts began lifting up the cloak of negativity.

Now, sea moss is a health-market staple that is both harvested organic and cultivated in man-made pools.

Benefits of Sea Moss

Ever since the Kardashians started posting their healthy sea-moss breakfasts, it seems that the Internet has heaps of information about this superfood. Some will say it prevents Parkinson’s, while others will swear that drinking sea moss will shield you from salmonella.

But how much of the hype is true, and what are the real benefits you can expect if you commit to a regular sea-moss sipping spree?

There is no doubt that sea moss is a real powerhouse. And while there is still lack of scientific evidence to back everything that the health community claims about this beneficial algae, there are a few things we can be certain of:

  • Sea moss contains more than 90 percent of the nutrients that our body needs
  • Drinking sea moss tea support your weight loss plans
  • Sea moss is rich in protein and it can help you build lean muscles
  • It has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and anti-viral properties
  • It can boost your immune system
  • Sea Moss will pack you with iron and help your body create red blood cells
  • This seaweed will fill you up with good energy
  • Consuming sea moss will keep your thyroid hormones in check

3 Ways to Make Sea Moss Tea

You can make sea moss tea in many different ways, but these three methods are our absolute favorite ones.

Basic Sea Moss Tea

  1. Start by adding some water to a pot and bringing it to a boil.
  2. Add the sea moss gel to the pot, mixing well to combine and dissolve. The golden ratio is one part of Irish Sea Moss Gel for every four parts of water.
  3. Add your preferred spices and seasonings, and serve immediately.

The taste is relatively mild with a plain flavor, which makes this tea the perfect base for any kind of add-ins.

Jamaican Sea Moss Tea

Born on the Jamaican coast, this sea moss tea recipe will bring a warm and exotic nourishment.

You will need:

And here is how you can make it:

  1. Combine the water and coconut cream in a pot.
  2. Add the cinnamon quill inside, and place the pot over medium heat.
  3. Once the mixture starts to boil, add the nutmeg, ginger, and cloves, and let it boil for a couple of minutes until the taste is up to your preference. If you want the spice flavor to be more intense, then let it simmer for 20-30 minutes, adding some more water as it reduces.
  4. In a teapot (or plunger), add the sea moss gel.
  5. Pour the spiced water over the gel, and mix it well to dissolve and incorporate well.
  6. Strain the mixture before serving. Enjoy!

Spicy Irish Sea Moss Tea

If you are a die-hard fan of chai tea like us, then we’ve got a perfect recipe for you. To make these spicy sea moss tea, you will need:

To make this tea:

  1. Pour the water into a pot, and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Add the chai tea blend inside, give the mixture a stir, and turn off the heat.
  3. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes to fully infuse the chai flavor.
  4. In the meantime, stir together the milk and sea moss gel inside a serving pot or glass.
  5. Place a mesh strainer over your glass/pot, and strain the chai tea directly into the milky sea moss mixture.
  6. Sweeten with maple syrup, and serve as desired. Enjoy!

Conclusion

Now that you know what sea moss is and just how much your health may need these super algae, you will never get out of the ocean so carelessly again. Who knows, maybe the seaweed that has just tangled between your toes on the beach contains all the nutrients your body needs? 

And while we don’t necessarily encourage you to go wild-harvesting scraps you find washed on the shore, we deeply recommend brewing yourself a batch of quality, store-bought sea moss.

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