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Irish Moss - Uses and Benefits

Alternative Names:

carragheen, pearl moss, carrahan , Caragahen, Carragaheen .

Herb Description

An edible North Atlantic seaweed (Chondrus crispus) that yields a mucilaginous substance used medicinally and in preparing jellies.No other plant covers troublesome bar spots so well like irish Moss. Low-growing Irish moss is ideal for filling in crevices between bricks or stepping-stones. Tiny leaves form dainty, densely matted, moss-like clumps 2-4" high spread quickly, take foot traffic and seldom need clipping.It is found on the Atlantic coasts of Ireland, Europe and the United States. irish Moss is also called by the names Pearl Moss . Irish Moss is a seaweed that was used by the Irish during the famine of the 19th century. It was once used as a mattress stuffing, as cattle feed, and as a thickener for colored inks used in printing. The entire plant has been used medicinally .

it appraisers in yellowish or white, horny, translucent; many-times forked; when softened in water, cartilaginous; shape of the segments varying from wedge-shaped to linear; at the apex emarginate or 2-lobed.. One part of it boiled for 10 minutes with 30 parts of water yields a solution which gelatinizes on cooling, and is not colored blue by iodine T.S."-(U. S. P.).The principal constituent of Irish moss is a mucilaginous body, of which it contains about 55%; and with that it has nearly io % of albuminoids and about i 5% of mineral matter rich in iodine and sulphur . When softened in water it has a sea-like odour, and from the abundance of its mucilage it will form a jelly on boiling with from 20 to 30 times its weight of water. Irish moss (Chondrus crispus) is a small unimpressive plant, but it used in many of our favorite foods and useful products.


uses and benefits


Irish moss is used in bulk by the food industry to make jellies or aspic and as a smooth binder. It finds a use in cosmetics as a skin softener.  And it nourishes and protects your skin from environmental is an antitissuive, an alterative, effective against halitosis, the formation varicose veins, inflammation, against dysentery and Irish moss has been applied as an also protect from fat , hypertension & arteriosclerosis.

irish Moss , when mixed to body lotions, turns your dry, rough, patchy skin into smooth, silky, hydrated, glowing skin . It moisturizes and treats even the most unmanageable skin problems , including eczema, psoriasis, rashes and sunburns .it contains A,B,C,D vitamins that nourishes the skin

Supports skin's natural moisture barrier-keeps harmful, drying external elements out and beneficial moisture in .Enhances skin's ability to retain vital moisture and essential lipids. Helps support healthy skin appearance.
Smoothes rough skin areas all over the body. Irish Moss is a seaweed. helps in cholesterol buildup

it has been used to treat peptic and duodenal ulcers when used as a gelatinous substance and to inhibit arteriosclerosis.Oher ailments Irish moss is reported to be effective against, cancer and radiation poisoning (possibly because of the iodine content of Irish moss), it protects from obesity and cholesterol build up. Irish moss has a well documented anticoagulant effect on the blood, and clears up many bladder complaints. Irish Moss gives excellent sources of calcium, magnesium, sodium and iodine (essential to normal thyroid function).

It is used to increase the metabolic rate and give strengthen connective tissues, including the hair, skin and nails. The potential of irish Moss in reducing gastric secretions and treating peptic and duodenal ulcer as well as guarding against fat and cholesterol buildup is currently under scrutiny. irish Moss widely use as a Remedies For Expectorant, demulcent, anti-inflammatory


side effects

  • Problems may comes in pregnant women taking small or usual amounts have not been proved. But the chance of problems does exist. Don't use unless prescribed by your doctor.
  • Breast-fed infants of lactating mothers taking small or usual amounts have not been proved. But the chance of problems does exist.
  • Protects scraped tissues. Interferes with blood-clotting mechanism.
  • Irish Moss has some blood thinning properties, So people taking anti-coagulating medications should avoid using it.


A popular remedy made into a jelly for pulmonary complaints and kidney and bladder affections. Can be mixed with cocoa. The decoction is made by steeping 1/2 OZ. of the Moss in cold water for 15 minutes and then boiling it in 3 pints of milk or water for 10 or 15 minutes, after which it is strained and seasoned with liquorice, lemon or cinnamon and sweetened to taste.

As a tincture, take 1-4 ml 3 times daily.

For decoction, boil 1/2 ounce of herb in cold water. Then boil in 3 pints water for 10-15 minutes. Strain and then add seasoning to taste.

Irish Moss comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. To use as an infusion take 1 - 1 ½ teaspoons in 1 cup of boiling water. Drink 3 times a day. To use a tincture formulation, take 1 - 2 ml, 3 times a day.


drug interactions

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