Irish Moss can hold 30 times its weight in water. This property makes Irish Moss an excellent remedy for respiratory and digestive complaints. Irish moss is an expectorant, which makes it useful in the treatment of lung conditions such as irritating coughs, bronchitis and other breathing problems. Always soak in water before use!
The plant contains a high nutrient content and is rich in minerals including iodine and sulphur. Irish Moss is also used to protect the digestive system. It helps prevent vomiting and acts quickly to sooth peptic ulcers and inflammation of the urinary system. It is used to treat constipation due to its high fiber content. It also helps treat and prevent diarrhea.
The dried herb is best made into a decoction. Steep half an ounce of the herb in cold water for 15 minutes and then boil it for 10-15 minutes in 3 pints of water (or milk). Strain and add licorice, lemon, ginger, cinnamon, cocoa, or honey. Take freely as needed.
In recent history, the primary use of Irish Moss as a healing herb, was in helping speed recovery from debilitating illness, especially T. B. and pneumonia. The herb was often recommended by herbalists to help lubricate dry, irritated mucus membranes.
Research has shown that Irish Moss has anti-viral properties and may be useful in treating influenza and the mumps. Studies support the herb’s value in treating ulcers and reports say that Irish Moss can be considered an anti-coagulant (blood thinner).
Irish Moss’s high mucilage content makes the plant useful for thickening soups, making jellies, and adding to face creams and lotions. It is used as a stabilizer in ice cream, luncheon meat, and toothpaste. Irish Moss also acts as an emulsifying agent for cod liver oil.
IRISH MOSS (also known as Carrageen) is not a true moss, but rather the dried leaf-like structure of a northern seaweed, Chondrus crispus. IRISH MOSS is widely believed to have the power to bring about Good Fortune in all sorts of Money Matters, both through Business Success and through Good Luck in Gambling. Some folks tell us that they always carry a pinch of IRISH MOSS in a green flannel bagor in their pocket when they go to place a bet or buy a lottery ticket because they believe that it will Bring in the Winnings. Others say that they like to sprinkle IRISH MOSS under the carpets in their place of business to attract and hold a stream of Steady Paying Customers.
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