Scientific Name: Chondrus crispus
Parts Used:Whole herb
Active Compounds: polysaccharides, iodine, mino acids, bromine
Background:While Irish moss has healing properties, it's also used commercially to help bind chemicals together. The most popular product it's used in is toothpaste.
In addition to its practical uses, Irish moss can be used to treat bronchitis and coughing. It can also be used to treat indigestion and and urinary tract infections. Irish moss can also be used as a blood thinner and can be used externally to treat skin problems.
The texture of Irish moss also makes it a good herb to use for people who are in nursing care or are recovering from serious illnesses.
Applications: Anticoagulant/Expectorant/Digestive Aid
Irish moss is primarily used for respiratory infections.
Respiratory System: Irish moss is most often used to treat coughs associated with bronchits. It is an expectorant and helps to thin mucus so that it can be expelled more easily from the lungs.
Digestive Aid: Irish moss can help to relief heartburn and gastritis.
Urinary Tract: Irish moss cna be used to treat urinary tract infections
Irish moss is a seawood that grows up to 10 inches high. It is native to the coasts of Europe and North America on the Atlantic coastline. It can be found on rocks below the water. Irish moss is usually harvested in the summer and then dried for herbal use.
As a tincture, take 1-4 ml 3 times daily.
As an 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.
There is no negative safety information available for this herb. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb
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