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Irish Moss Cut - Herbal Collection - Chondrus Crispus - 75 g

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Irish Moss Cut - Dried Carrageen - Chondros Crispus - 75 g

Please on the product page add : wild harvested in France. Rinse before use


Chondrus crispus


  • Common Names:
    • Irish moss
    • Carrageenan moss (it produces the substance called carrageenan)
    • Carraigín (Irish)
    • Mousse d'Irlande (French)
    • Irisch Moos (German)
  • Description: A small, bushy, red seaweed. It exhibits a wide range of colors including greenish-yellow, red, dark purple and purplish-brown.


Traditional Uses:


  • Food Thickener: The primary traditional use is due to its high carrageenan content. Carrageenan is a gelatinous substance extracted by boiling the seaweed. It's a common thickener and stabilizer in foods like ice cream, yogurt, jellies, and processed meats.
  • Medicinal Purposes: Historically used in Ireland and other areas as a folk remedy for respiratory issues like coughs, colds, and bronchitis.
  • Other Uses: Clarifying beer, ingredient in cosmetics, and potential source for biofuel research.


Here's a breakdown of how to use Chondrus crispus (Irish moss) for its various applications. Remember, it's important to source it from a reliable supplier to ensure its quality and safety.


1. Food Thickener


  • Making Carrageenan Gel:
    1. Soak: Thoroughly rinse dried Irish moss to remove salt and debris. Soak in water overnight.
    2. Blend: Drain the water and blend the soaked seaweed with fresh water until smooth.
    3. Cook: Simmer the blended mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens (about 20-30 minutes).
    4. Strain: To remove any remaining bits of seaweed, strain the mixture through a cheesecloth or fine-mesh sieve.
    5. Store: Refrigerate the carrageenan gel. It solidifies as it cools.


  • Using Carrageenan Gel:
    • Add small amounts to smoothies, soups, sauces, puddings, ice cream, and more to thicken.
    • Start with small quantities and increase as needed. The amount will vary depending on the desired consistency.


2. Respiratory Issues


  • Traditional Remedy:
    • Irish moss tea is a traditional preparation claimed to provide relief from coughs and congestion.
    • Steep a small amount of dried or fresh Irish moss in hot water for 10-15 minutes.
    • You can add honey or lemon for flavor.
  • Important Note: There's limited scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of Irish moss for respiratory issues. Consult your doctor before using it for medicinal purposes, especially if you have underlying health conditions.


3. Ingredient for Cosmetics


  • Extracted Carrageenan: Commercially, carrageenan is extracted from Irish moss and used in various cosmetic products as a thickener, emulsifier, and stabilizer.
  • DIY Applications:
    • Masks: You can incorporate the prepared carrageenan gel into homemade face masks for its potential skin-soothing and moisturizing properties.
    • Hair Products: Some people use Irish moss gel as a natural hair conditioner or styling product.


Important Considerations:


  • Allergic Reactions: Be cautious before using any Irish moss preparation topically, as some individuals might experience allergic reactions. Do a patch test first.
  • Dosage: There are no standard dosage guidelines for using Irish moss in food preparations or for respiratory issues. Moderation is key.


Important Notes:


  • If considering using it for medicinal purposes, please consult a healthcare professional first.


Store in a cool, dry place, away from light. Keep tightly closed, away from the reach of Children and pets.

Do not exceed the daily dose.


This product is not intended to prevent or cure any form of illness or disease.

If you are pregnant or nursing ; If you have a medical condition or are in the course of medical treatment ; If you are programmed for theater/operation in the near future, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product.


This product cannot replace a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.


This product has not been evaluated by the SAHPRA for its quality, safety or intended use.


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