Sea moss is best consumed raw. My sea moss gel is prepared raw. I do not boil my sea moss. I only use wildcrafted sea moss and spring water in my sea moss gel. It will have a consistency similar to applesauce. My sea moss gel is also freshly made the same day it ships. I do not refrigerate or freeze my sea moss before it ships and I do not ship it with ice packs. When sea moss gel is raw, it is good unrefrigerated about a week. This is why you will need to (shake it well) and refrigerate it promptly upon receipt. Allow about a day for it to gel before using. **this is not necessary during cool weather. Sea moss is naturally rich in minerals, protein, and iodine. Adding 1 - 2 tablespoons of sea moss gel to your daily smoothies, drinks, or other foods, over time, will help reduce mucus and inflammation throughout your body. Sea Moss Gel can also be used for cooking. It is a natural emulsifier and will help to bind fats and liquid together. It can be used to make puddings and yogurt... stir it into your rice and pasta dishes or it can be used in cakes and pastries and even as a thickener in soups, sauces, gravies and stews. There are so many ways it can be incorporated in the foods you cook everyday. I even used it as one of the main ingredients in my daughter’s baby formula. Sea Moss gel can also help with weight loss. When consumed, sea moss can help decrease the appetite by making you feel full as it controls your cravings. Because it is rich in iodine, it also helps to balance thyroid hormones, which can help increase the rate of your metabolism. Both men and women... if you decide to use sea moss gel, please be sure to set aside a small portion of it to apply as a face mask a couple times a week. It is FULL of all the minerals your skin craves. It is a natural collagen and will help plump the skin and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It is rich in sodium and will help tighten the skin as well. My Sea Moss Gel is crafted in Jamaica by a family who owns their own sea moss farm. I order and receive my sea moss directly from them. There is no middle man so I can guarantee the quality of my sea moss. All of my sea moss jars are handmade to order in Houston Texas where I live. They will come packaged in a 16 oz glass jar and contains 32 tablespoon servings. It can only be shipped priority mail or faster and will need to be refrigerated promptly upon arrival. Please be sure to choose and pay for the shipping speed necessary for the area you live in. Also, please be sure to enter your correct email so you can receive your tracking information. It is very important that you track your package and not allow it to sit in your mailbox, especially during a high temperature day. Please plan to use your sea moss gel within 2-3 weeks. It can also be frozen up to 6 months.