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Irish Moss

  • Chondrus crispus
  • Origin: Canada
Irish Moss

SKU
i_m4

Common Name

Standardized: Irish moss
Other: carrageen moss

Botanical Name

Chondrus crispus Stackh.
Plant Family: Gigartinaceae

Overview

Introduction

Ireland 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.

Typical Preparations

Traditionally used as a tea or tincture, sometimes encapsulated. May be taken as a capsule for convenience.

Precautions

Specific: Seaweeds contain naturally high levels of iodine. Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before using. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding consult a qualified healthcare practitioner before using.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.