IRISH MOSS PLANT (chondrus crispus)
IRISH MOSS grows on submerged rock in the Atlantic Ocean, Irish coast and New England.
Constituents: mucilage 55-90% carrageen (pectin), and abundance of sulfur in the form of sulphates of sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Also phosphates, chlorides, iodides and bromides.
what’s some benefits of Irish moss besides having some of the most vital minerals the body needs daily.. Isish moss has been used in traditional medicine to address a variety of ailments.
The active compound in irish moss is carrageenin and this mucilage compound helps restore the health of the mucous membrane throughout the body.
Sea moss has been used to address respiratory ailments like bronchitis because of its ability to absorb excess liquid in the lungs and expel excess mucus.
The tasteless seaweed is loaded with life-enhancing nutrients such as sulphur compounds, protein, iodine, bromine, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, pectin.
Used to ease ailments such as gastritis, nausea, indigestion, constipation, as well as ulcers. Irish Moss also has antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and anticoagulant activities. Also used to soothe skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and burns.
On the beauty side, Irish moss can deliver a serious beauty boost because of its high sulfur content. You can make it into a gel and apply directly to your skin for a mini face lift, or blend it in your smoothies for nutritional and energy boost. Irish moss can help to rehydrate dry skin, and leave it feeling smooth and supple.
It also clears out the lungs of any phlegm that builds up with a common cold, alleviate inflammation of the nasal passages, ease sore throat or dry coughing, and also can treat other respiratory problems such as bronchitis and even pneumonia. It is especially effective for any pulmonary problems.
Irish moss has been used to remove radiation poisoning from the body, and to sooth inflamed tissue in the digestive tract. Sea moss is also an excellent natural source of iodine.
Dry Moss should always be stored in a dark cool place, it does not need to be sealed in the pouch bag. The salt is a natural preservative and the moss will not get bad. Never store dry Moss in the fridge, it is too moist and the salt crystals will not be able to protect the moss. You may keep your moss for good over a year.
Soaked hydrated Moss should be stored in the fridge. Use a clean glass jar or bowl and change the water every day and it will keep fresh up to 2 weeks, but will loose with time a little of its gelling property.
Irish Moss paste will keep fresh in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Make sure that you use a clean glass jar with a lid and use always a clean spoon.
Irish Moss paste can also be frozen. It is convenient to use an ice cube tray and fill it with Irish Moss paste. When it is completely frozen, wrap it in a pouch bag, don’t keep it open. It is very convenient to have the portion size moss ready on hand when needed.
How to make Irish moss gel..
1) make sure kitchen is clean when preparing, has great absorbing powers
2) make sure you wash moss off with cold water, cleaning off any debris that may have tangled in it from the ocean (sea shells, lint, hair, salt, foreign substances.
3) soak in cold water and cover for 25-30 minutes, strain and throw away liquid. Then boil the moss 2:1 water/plant ratio (almost double water compared to amount of plant) in distilled water or spring. Boil for 20-25 minutes medium to high heat.
5) while hot, add to blender and blend well, then strain to remove the saline and foreign substances.. add to mason jars and let cool, it will start to turn into a gel once chilled
6) add to smoothies, desserts, tea, beverages, soups, etc... take 1tsp- tbsp a day. Safe for children, give in smaller dosages.