Who knew that the ocean contained one of the most valuable yet affordable beauty items used from centuries ago—Sea Moss, nature’s collagen.

The phrase ‘black don’t crack’ has been floating around for as long as I can remember.  It stems from an old legend that suggests African-American based skin produces less wrinkles than others because of its oily content.  Overhearing this growing up made me assume that my melanin-heavy skin would stay lush and blemish-free as I grew older. While I’m not sure if that urban myth is exactly true, I can admit to seeing the slight change in my skin that comes with age. Recently on my quest to eat better and learn as much as I can about the body, I stumbled across Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes and alkaline nutritionist Dr. Sebi teaching about the gem that has been around since day one—sea moss. Also know as Irish Sea Moss sometimes found along the Irish Coast and the Caribbean, the moss has 92 minerals out of the 102 minerals your body contains.

Left Eye often spoke of the positive affects of her fasting and drinking sea moss. She said she felt better, looked younger and reversed several ailments she suffered from in the past.  Dr. Sebi mentioned in an interview how the rapper of the pop group TLC became a friend who noticed he needed healing and prepared him a sea moss drink during a bonding moment.

The tasteless seaweed is loaded with life-enhancing nutrients such as sulphur compounds, protein, iodine, bromine, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, pectin, B-vitamins and vitamin C.

Used to ease ailments such as gastritis, nausea, indigestion, constipation, as well as ulcers. Sea Moss also has antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and anticoagulant activities. Also used to soothe skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and burns.

On the beauty side, sea moss can deliver a serious beauty boost because of its high sulfur content. You can make it into a gel and apply directly to your skin for a mini face lift, or blend it in your smoothies for nutritional and energy boost. Irish moss can help to rehydrate dry skin, and leave it feeling smooth and supple.

It also clears out the lungs of any phlegm that builds up with a common cold, alleviate inflammation of the nasal passages, ease sore throat or dry coughing, and also can treat other respiratory problems such as bronchitis and even pneumonia. It is especially effective for any pulmonary problems.

Recently comedian/actress Mo’Nique posted a video to YouTube of her applying a sea moss mask to her face. She raved of the affects while applying the mask in the video and you could visually see the difference in her skin.

I decided to start blending sea moss in my families smoothies and using it as a face mask and the difference is incredible.  I felt so energetic and strong and my skin looked like I just had a $200 facial.

Research and find out more about the natural way of replenishing your body inside and out with sea moss.

Visit your nearest Health store or Korean Market and see for yourself!