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 favorite in Ireland.
Constituents: Mucliages, carrageenan, bromine, iodine.
Typical Preparations: Traditionally used as a tea or tincture, sometimes encapsulated. May be combined with cinnamon and/or licorice for cough, or with marshmallow root to help with indigestion. May be taken as a capsule for convenience.
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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