Simple Herbal Extracts | Irish Moss


Irish Moss

Botanical Name

Chondrus crispus

Part Used




Traditional Information*

A commonly used economic sea plant. It is the source of the emulsifier and thickener carageenan. Herbally, Irish Moss is used as a demulcent, emollient and a nutritive tonic. The mucilage cools dry, hot mucus membranes and is useful for dry coughs, gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcers, illeitis and irritable bowel syndrome. As with most seaweeds this herb is rich in minerals such as calcium, iron, iodine, magnesium, and potassium.

Herbal Therapeutics Research Library, David Winston (RH) AHG

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