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Irish Moss

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  • Botanical: Chondrus crispus
  • Family: Algae
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Irish Moss

Botanical

Chondrus crispus

Family

Algae

Known as

Carrageen moss, Knorpeltang, Knorpelmoos, Irisch Moos, Irländisches Moos, Perlmoos, Carrageen Alge

Medicinal

bronchitis, bladder disease, bladder weakness, bronchitis, coughs, kidney stones, kidney weakness, respiratory

Stomach & Intestinal

bladder disease, bladder weakness, kidney weakness

Properties

expectorant

Description

Cartilaginous, dark purplish-red, red, yellowish or greenish fronds to 150 mm high, gametophyte plants are often iridescent under water when in good condition. Stipe compressed, narrow, expanding gradually to a flat, repeatedly dichotomously branched frond, in tufts from a discoid holdfast. Axils rounded, apices blunt or subacute, frond thicker in centre than margins. Very variable in breadth of segments. Very variable in branching, colour and thickness.

Properties & Uses

Demulcent, emollient, nutritive. A popular remedy made into a jelly for pulmonary complaints and kidney and bladder affections. Can be combined with cocoa. The decoction is made by steeping 1/2 OZ. of the Moss in cold water for 15 minutes and then boiling it in 3 pints of milk or water for 10 or 15 minutes, after which it is strained and seasoned with liquorice, lemon or cinnamon and sweetened to taste. It can be taken freely.

Cautions

None Known

Distribution

On rocks, lower intertidal and shallow subtidal, in pools in the mid-intertidal in some locations; widely distributed in the north western and north eastern Atlantic, often abundant and zone-forming at low water.

Constituents

it contains a large amount of mucilage with the presence of a big percentage of sulphur compounds.

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