Irish Moss (Chondrus crispus) medicinal herb is used as an herbal remedy for various ailments. It is native to the North America Atlantic coast of Ireland, Europe and North America. The medicinal properties are demulcent, emollient, as well as nutritive. The common names are Carragheen, Pearl moss, Sea moss as well as Chondrus crispus and it is from the Algae family. It is the dried plant that is used at all times.
It is an household name in Jamaica because it is widely consumed, especially by men who think that it has something to do with sexual enhancement and low blood count. It varies in color since it can be purple as well as a yellowish brown. The medicinal properties are tonic, digestive, expectorant, nutritive, demulcent, anti-inflammatory, emollient and laxative.
It has many natural and herbal medicinal benefits and is utilized in Ireland as a nutritious food and therefore it becomes the main dish of their diet. It is strengthening, and will keep the body warm and strong in the winter season.
Irish moss must not be confused with sea moss which is prominently used in the Caribbean as well as in Latin America. They are two different plants, although the medicinal and nutritional benefits are almost the same.
The tea is herbal remedy for coughs, colds, peptic ulcers, asthma, chest and lung problems, bronchitis, and also tuberculosis. For persons recovering from sicknesses, it is very nutritious to the body and so make recovery easy and strengthening possible. This medicinal herb is also good to treat prostate conditions, ulcers, wounds, kidney conditions, dry skin, diarrhea, burns, boost libido, goiter, aging, dysentery, indigestion, colic and thyroid conditions.
When making the tea be sure to add a carminative herb, which can either be cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, pimento seeds, as well as cayenne pepper, in order to normalize the radical cleansing effect that this medicinal herb has on the mucous membrane. This tea is best sweetened with honey which makes it even more natural and beneficial to the body.
It is commonly used in gravies and soups as a thickening agent as well as a substitute for eggs when baking pastries. Some people take delight in using it to make natural jello which is highly nutritious.
It is rich in iodine, sulfur, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sodium, magnesium, chlorine, bromine, protein, vitamins, such as Vitamin A, D, E, F as well as K. It also possesses all the minerals that are needed by the body making it an excellent mineral supplement. This sea plant is really packed with nutritional values that can be an alternative remedy and health benefits that can prevent and treat all kinds of diseases of the body.
Rinse the moss of Irish in fresh water to remove all traces of salt. Chop fronds into small 1 to 2 inch pieces and placed into a saucepan with 2 quarts of boiling water. Cook until the water begins to thicken. Remove from heat, then strain and measure the juice. To each cup of juice add sugar and then mix together in saucepan and add lemon juice. Bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Boil for one minute, then pour into hot, sterile jars and seal.
Prepare infusion by steeping one and a half teaspoonfuls of the dried moss in a cup of boiling water for ten minutes. The infusion can be taken three times daily as herbal remedy for various illnesses.
a decoction by steeping half ounce of the moss in cold water for
fifteen minutes and then boil it in three pints of milk or water for ten
to fifteen minutes, after which it is strained and seasoned with licorice, lemon or cinnamon and sweetened Irish moss decoction to taste.
Updated January 28, 2016
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