Queen of Green: Health and Beauty from Sea Moss

(Photo by Mouser Williams) Lauren Von Der Pool’s hunger for healthy living began in Washington, D.C. where she grew up in a food desert—an environment totally lacking fresh, healthy options. When Von Der Pool realized that what was going on in her life and community was happening globally, she began to educate herself, her community, and the world about healthy living. A passionate humanitarian and artist, Von Der Pool dedicates her life to raising awareness about living a conscious, creative, green life.

This is the fourth in a series of guest posts by Queen of Green Lauren Von Der Pool about healthy and natural lifestyle tips.

Also known as Irish moss or carragheen, sea moss is one of my favorite seaweeds. My supply comes fresh from Jamaica, but you can find this versatile and nutritious plant at herb shops and online. I use it in smoothies, soups, and tonics as well as on my skin and to keep my hair strong and shiny!

This powerful underwater plant is loaded with amino acids, sulphur compounds, protein, iodine, bromine, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, pectin, and vitamins A, B, and C. Sea moss is known to increase the metabolic rate helping to protect from cholesterol buildup, prevent against radiation, and strengthen connective tissues. Once soaked, it can be tossed into your green smoothie or made into a gorgeous warm tea with cinnamon, raw honey, and fresh lemon. Oh, and don't throw out the soaking liquid—it can be used to hydrate your skin and strengthen your hair. Enjoy!

Click here for my recipe for Mother's Milk, and find more amazing and easy recipes in my book Eat Yourself Sexy. Follow me on Twitter @QueenOfGreenLV and Instagram @QueenOfGreen