Recently 2 of my Shiatsu Massage clients here in Hobart, Tasmania, required additional minerals and I detected through hara diagnosis, palpation and kinesiology that carageen or sea moss is ideal for providing all of the nutritional mineral supplementation requirements. I am a former chef and cooking teacher so I advocate self healing through "cooking your cure"- Our bodies know how to best absorb and process these nutrients via digestion and carageen is easy to prepare.
WHAT IS SEA MOSS?
Irish Sea moss, also known as Chondrus Crispus, or carageen is a type of red algae (sea vegetable) native to the Atlantic shorelines of the Caribbean Islands, North America, Europe.
Sea Moss is rich in amino acids, vitamin c, vitamin A, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and minerals.
It contains 92 of the 102 minerals that our bodies need like zinc, iodine, iron, and more!
Because it is mucilaginous (sticky and thick), it helps soothe the mucus membranes in the body and helps your body get rid of any excess mucus. It is especially helpful in reducing congestion and clearing out phlegm buildup in the lungs, which is particularly helpful when you are dealing with a cold. Sea Moss is also a prebiotic and helps to get rid of bad bacteria in the gut, which further increases digestive health.
Sea Moss is also great for your mind!
Here are list of a few vitamins and minerals found in Sea Moss
Vitamins A, K, and E
HOW TO PREPARE SEA MOSS
It is important to first, clean the sea moss and remove any sea debris, dirt, or particles. When handling sea moss always make sure your hands are clean so that you do not contaminate the sea moss and be sure to use filtered, spring, or alkaline water. Never use tap water to clean your sea moss.
I recommend cleaning your sea moss twice to make sure it is cleaned thoroughly. Simply place your dried sea moss in a large bowl, cover it with water, and massage the sea moss. Be sure to remove any visible dirt and debris.
After cleaning the sea moss, place the sea moss in a large bowl and cover it with filtered, alkaline, or spring water. Make sure all the parts of the sea moss are covered. Then, cover the sea moss and allow it to soak for at least 12-24 hours. You can leave it on the counter covered at room temperature. You do not need to soak the sea moss in the refrigerator. Once it is done soaking it will have expanded as it has absorbed the water. It is now ready to use. You can leave the sea moss in this state and use as needed, or prepare a sea moss gel (highly recommended). Just add it toward the end of soups, stews, stocks, casseroles.
Does boiling sea moss kill the nutrients? The answer is YES, it does! Do not boil your sea moss. I prefer to soak it raw to maintain the highest integrity and nutrient content..
It is important to note: Boiling sea moss when making sea moss gel, and adding sea moss gel to hot foods/while cooking are two different things and not to be confused with one another.
Sea moss gel is a great addition to hot drinks and you can also add it to foods when cooking and still provides incredible nutrient benefits when cooked toward the end, say last 2 minutes of your dish.