Carrageenan is a food additive that you will find on many processed and shelf-stable foods. The debate is intense on whether we should be consuming carrageenan or not. The discussion comes from several angles, including that carrageenan is an extractive of sea moss. Sea moss has many vitamin and mineral benefits, but do these come through when consuming carrageenan that some say will cause tumor growth and cancer?
We take a deep dive into Irish Sea Moss in this post, but if you want a printable 3-page report on Sea Moss, make sure you check out our Herbal Studio & Communi-tea. If you’re going to take an even deeper dive into blending your teas for medicinal purposes, make sure to check out our free medicinal teas workshop. After we dive deep into what dried sea moss is, we will blend up a tea at the end of this post to help you put the sea moss to work!
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Types of Sea Moss
Sea moss is an edible red seaweed/algae, similar to dulse and kelp. A couple of different types of sea moss are commonly used: Irish Sea Moss and Jamaican Sea Moss.
Irish Sea Moss, the most commonly used form of wildcrafted sea moss, grows along coastlines, especially on the Atlantic side of the British Isles, North America, and Europe. Its counterpart, Jamaican Sea Moss, prefers a much warmer climate in South America, Africa, and Asia.
Much of the organic sea moss you will find online for purchase has been wildcrafted vs. wild-harvested sea moss. The difference is that the wildcrafted are farmed out in the ocean, and the wild-harvested sea moss is foraged out of natural sea beds, tide pools, etc.
Benefits of Sea Moss
Let’s get into the thick of it… I mean the thick sea moss. While carrageenan is highly processed, degraded, and carcinogenic, that is not approved by the FDA. The more natural, unprocessed Irish Sea moss has been used for centuries. Various cultures have used it as food and even as medicine. Irish Sea Moss is known for its extremely high vitamin and mineral content, including 92 of the 110 minerals that the body is made from, with many more health benefits.
Irish Sea Moss may aide the body in the following*:
- Chest Infections
- Kidney Health
- Bladder Health
- Assists Upper Respiratory Illness
- Irritating coughs
- Aides in lung issues
- It May be used in place of cornsilk for urinary issues
- Support during Tuberculosis
To read more about contraindications with medications, harvesting your sea moss, along with flavor pairing tips and dehydrating tips download our Irish Sea Moss Materia Medica Sheets in the Herbal Studio.
Ways to Use Sea Moss
While it is imperative to understand the difference between the highly carcinogenic carrageenan and true unprocessed Irish Sea Moss, it’s also essential to understand its use. Otherwise, it’s hard to apply all of the goodness that comes with true Irish sea moss!
There are many great ways to put Irish sea moss to work, such as thickening soups and stews, making Irish Sea Moss Gummies (with Elderberry Syrup), jellies, panna cotta, and other culinary dishes. Many companies use Irish sea moss to thicken their nut and non-dairy milk.
Today we are going to talk about making Sea Moss Tea! Because what else would the “Tea Queen” make with sea moss? While sea moss doesn’t have the most fabulous flavor, and most recipes call for a sea moss gel that makes it super thick, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help you out.
Use the recipe below to make 1 cup or a big batch; that’s the benefit of measuring with parts. Parts make it easy to increase or decrease a recipe. This Sea Moss Tea recipe will lend to a slightly sweet and spicy blend similar to chai with so much fall/winter goodness! Steep it with some spring water and top it off with some coconut cream! You will have one fabulous, viscous sea moss latte!
Sea Moss Tea
- 1 part Dried Irish Sea Moss, Cut/Sifted
- 1 part Licorice Root, Cut/Sifted
- 1 part cinnamon chips
- ¼ part ginger cut sifted
- 1/16 part black pepper
- 1/16 part Star Anise Seed
- Add all of the dried ingredients to a medium-size bowl and blend well. Making sure to blend until everything is evenly incorporated.
- Steep 1 tsp of the Sea Moss Tea Blend in 6-8 oz of boiling water for 7-10 minutes.
- Remove tea leaves via strainer or infuser and enjoy!
What an excellent little plant that God made packed full of so many vitamins and minerals. It is amazing what little miracles are around when we take the time to look into them, such as this seemingly useless seaweed. Centuries have shown how useful it is. Dive even deeper into tea blending with our complimentary tea blending workshop and if you want to learn more about cooking with tea, make sure to grab our free cooking with tea e-book here.
I’m curious to know, have you used seaweed to cook with at all? Maybe you are a sushi fan, love California rolls, or have cooked with seaweed to thicken up a dish. Let me know in the comments section below! I can’t wait to see what ideas you have to inspire me with.
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