Irish Moss (Chondrus Crispus), also called pearl moss, is considered by many as "wonder seaweed", and it has been used for a number of health problems. It has been used for thousands of years by the Chinese (TCM) to treat common cold and flu symptoms. It also contains antimicrobial and antiviral agents to that have been used for infections of the mucous membranes, for alleviating respiratory ailments, such as bronchitis, sore throat, dry cough, pneumonia and other lung problems. It has been used to treat stomach conditions like diarrhea and duodenal and peptic ulcers. It can also be used to treat a hangover, as it replaces iron content that is leached from the body as a consequence of dehydration. Irish Moss is a wonderful tonic for maintaining youthful and clear skin and promoting a healthy glow. Since it contains vitamins A, B, C and D which nourish the skin, it has been used to treat eczema, psoriasis, dry and chapped skin, rashes, dermatitis, and sunburn.
Irish Moss herbal supplement can be used for weight loss and helpful against fat and cholesterol buildup. Irish Moss herbal extract has been known to thin out the blood, removing blood clots, and in regulating blood sugar in individuals with diabetes. The herbal remedy is also used to help speed up recovery time for individuals suffering from debilitating illness, including tuberculosis.
As an expectorant, it aids in the formation of stools pulling toxins from the bowel, including radiation poison. Irish Moss is found to relieve digestive problems as well, including indigestion, ulcers and stomach issues. Irish Moss helps to reduce the symptoms related to gastritis, peptic ulcer, dyspepsia, nausea and is also used to prevent vomiting. It also helps stop diarrhea.
Irish Moss is reported to be effective against cancer and radiation poisoning due to its iodine content. Iodine is hard to come by and many people don't get enough in their diets, so Irish Moss is beneficial for that purpose alone. Iodine also has other functions in the body, e.g. it aids in the release of tension, especially nervous tension, which enhances overall well being. Along with iodine, Irish Moss contains calcium, sulfur, potassium and vitamin E.
Irish Moss is a demulcent that has a soothing effect on virtually all the mucous membranes throughout the body. This sweet, salty, mucilaginous herb has a softening effect on tissues and helps many respiratory problems including bronchitis and pneumonia. It is especially effective for pulmonary (lung) complaints with its ability to absorb liquid and eliminate it from the body. As an expectorant, it relieves dry, unproductive coughs, and the high mucilage content alleviates catarrh (inflammation) of the nasal passages and eases a sore throat. Its mucilaginous nature soothes a dry cough and also acts as an expectorant.
Irish Moss has shown antibacterial activity and may be useful for kidney and bladder infection, and it has also demonstrated antibacterial activity against Streptococcus. There is promising research that claims Irish Moss possesses antiviral properties that may be effective for mumps, among other viruses. Irish Moss or carrageenan, is also an ingredient being tested for its effectiveness in a microbicide. A microbicide is a substance that can reduce the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STD) when applied either to the vagina or rectum. Studies have shown Irish Moss to be a potent invitro inhibitor of herpes simplex virus, human cytomegalovirus, vesicular stomatitis, and Sinbis virus and clinical trials are being conducted on Irish Moss as a preventative in the sexual transmission of HIV as well.
Irish Moss is a wonderful emollient that softens and soothes the skin and other exposed tissue. It has cosmetic applications by helping rid the body of varicose veins to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It eases sunburn, chapped skin, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, and rashes. It is used to prevent premature aging when used topically for smoothing wrinkles on the skin, bags or dark circles under the eyes and it promotes a bright, healthy glow.