Information on Irish Moss

Latin NameChondrus crispus
Other NamesCarageenan
Part UsedThallus
Herb FormsBulk herb for decoctions.
AffectsDigestive system, Respiratory system
CautionsUse caution with thyroid imbalances such as goiter because of high iodine content.
Botanical InfoA brown seaweed with a cylindrical base and a flat, forked frond in a fan shape.
DescriptionIrish moss is used to treat bronchitis and coughs, as it is both an expectorant and demulcent herb. Its soothing properties also make it useful for gastritis, ulcers, and kidney and bladder ailments. Irish moss is often included in skin lotions as a skin softening agent.

Irish Moss has a taste of SALTY and a temperature of COOL.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Irish Moss

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Gastritis, acutedemulcenttea


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