Sea moss seems to be on everyone’s radar lately. It is a type of seaweed that exhibits potent nutritional benefits when consumed. Studies suggest that it also benefits your hair and skin when applied topically in the form of an oil. That’s why making your own sea moss oil can be an incredibly rewarding experience, primarily because you have complete control over its quality.
What Is Sea Moss Oil?
This is a natural cosmetic made from Irish sea moss, or Irish moss, and nutrient-dense oils. According to researchers, Irish sea moss exhibits antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and hydrating properties. Plus, it is rich in many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making it great for the hair and skin.
Making your own sea moss oil at home is quite easy, but you need to acquire some ingredients first. The primary ingredient is Irish sea moss, which is rich in carrageenan, a gelatinous substance that is commonly in commercial hair and skin care products. You need different oils to achieve the “oil” component of sea moss oil, though. For the most part, this recipe consists of different carrier oils and one essential oil (peppermint). The reason we chose peppermint essential oil is because it helps soothe inflammation, irritation, and itchiness on the skin and scalp. It may also relieve pruritus, a common skin infection that leads to rashes.
Sea moss oil contains essential fatty acids, including omega-3 fatty acids, that play an integral role in the overall health and appearance of your skin. Fatty acids work to nourish and hydrate the skin, in addition to reducing inflammation associated with eczema and acne. The various antioxidants in sea moss and the different carrier oils may also offer some protection against ultraviolet (UV) rays and damaging free radicals. Carrier oils like jojoba, olive, and sweet almond help lock moisture into the skin, which keeps it from drying out.
Sea moss oil is rich in vitamins A and C, both of which nourish the skin and may promote hair growth. While vitamin A helps encourage sebum production to moisturize the scalp, vitamin C strengthens hair follicles, which helps prevent split ends and breakage. Sea moss oil may also benefit those who suffer from dandruff or scalp psoriasis. The anti-inflammatory nature of the ingredients works to reduce scalp irritation, while simultaneously promoting healing.
How To Use Sea Moss Oil
Sea moss oil makes a great addition to your skin and hair care routine. Working to reduce inflammation, sea moss oil may improve skin elasticity and hydrate the skin. To use properly on the skin, place directly on your face or skin. You can also incorporate other natural ingredients like raw honey or aloe vera to create a nourishing face mask.
The anti-inflammatory properties in sea moss oil help to soothe an irritated scalp. The moisturizing properties in the oils help to keep the hair healthy from the roots to the ends. For optimal use, massage the sea moss oil into your scalp before you shampoo. Alternatively, add a few drops into your conditioner before you massage it into your hair and scalp. You can also add some sea moss oil to your bathwater, as it can help relax tired muscles after a long day, while simultaneously softening the skin.
DIY Sea Moss Oil
- Irish sea moss
- 5 tablespoons apricot kernel seed oil
- 5 tablespoons sweet almond oil
- 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
- 2 tablespoons argan oil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon peppermint oil (optional for fragrance)
- Wash the Irish sea moss to remove any debris or salt. Dry the sea moss and cut it into very fine pieces to place in a small jar.
- Pour the carrier oils and optional peppermint oil into the jar. Screw on the lid and place the jar in a cool, dark place for at least two weeks. This will allow all of the oils to infuse with the sea moss properly.
- After two weeks, strain the remaining solids through a cheesecloth and transfer the finished product to a glass jar with a dropper top. It is ready for use!