Also known as: Chondrus crispus, and Carrageen.
Introduction: Irish moss is a tough and stringy red, yellow, or purple seaweed growing up to 6 inches (250 mm) high on rocks in tidal pools along the northern Atlantic. It is harvested to make Carrageenan, a thickening agent for jellies, puddings, and soups, and is a traditional herbal remedy in Ireland.
Constituents: Mucliages, carrageenan, bromine, iodine.
Parts Used: The entire seaweed, dried. The powder is appropriate for making herbal combinations for coughs and colds, but the whole plant is best for treating indigestion.
Typical Preparations: Traditionally used as a tea or tincture, sometimes encapsulated. May be combined with cinnamon and/or licorice to treat cough, or with marshmallow root to treat indigestion. May be taken as a capsule for convenience.
Summary: Ireland moss provides soothing mucilages used to treat acid stomach, chronic cough from bronchitis, and peptic ulcers.
Precautions: Don't use on a daily basis for more than 2 weeks at a time, taking a 2 week break before using again. This will prevent you from overdosing iodine with potential imbalance in thyroid function. For periodic use only and not to be taken for extended periods of time. Not to be used while pregnant.
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