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Traditional uses for Irish Moss

Nessas pudphoto by Nessa Robins
look up her recipe for Irish Moss Pudding on nessasfamilykitchen.blogspot.co.nz

Irish Moss is traditionally given as a nourishing food for invalids and is still used to boost the body when recovering from a serious illness.  Its high content in important nutrients (it is said to contain 15 of the 18 elements composing the human body) in particular, iodine, iron, fibre & anti-oxydants make it a fortifying ingredient which has been found in puddings, drinks & soups. Look up irish moss nutritionals for more details.

Irish Moss pudding has been served for generations as a nutritious & fortifying dessert, while Moss Milk has been a traditional treatment for the common chest cold. In Ireland and parts of Scotland, Irish Moss is boiled in milk and strained, before sugar and other flavourings such as vanilla, cinnamon, brandy or whiskey are added. The end-product is a kind of pudding similar to panna cotta.

Irish Moss has a long history of medicinal use for respiratory and digestive ailments. It has a softening effect on the tissues and helps many respiratory problems such as bronchitis and pneumonia, soothes the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and also has a mild laxative effect. Irish Cough Remedy was used to relieve chronic cough and sore throat (see recipe below).

It has also been used to treat goiter, thyroid problems, and to tone and strengthen the body's glands. Irish Moss has a large array of ionic minerals; Iodine being one mineral that supports your thyroid and many problems associated with poor thyroid function including fatigue, inability to tolerate cold, slow heart rate, low metabolism, poor skin and hair, etc.

Used externally, it softens and soothes the skin. Put it on your wrinkles and any dark circles under your eyes! It also eases sunburn, chapped skin, eczema, psoriasis, and other rashes. Irish Moss Burn Solution is a cooling remedy that aids in healing and soothes damaged tissue.

Irish Moss Cough Remedy

2 cups water
1 tbsp boneset
1 tbsp licorice root
2 tbsp Irish Moss
6 drops hyssop essential oil
1/2 cup honey
1 tbsp lemon juice

Method:
Bring the water to boil and add the boneset & licorice. Cover & simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid and return it to the pot. Add the irish Moss, cover and simmer for another 15 minutes, Strain the liquid into a jar and discard the herbs. In a small dish, mix the essential oil into the honey and add to the tea along with the lemon juice. Take 1 tbsp as needed.

Irish Moss Restorative Jelly (to eat)

1/2 cup Irish Moss
3 cups water

Method:
Cover the irish Moss with water and soak for 10 minutes. Wash and clean thoroughly, Strain and rinse multiple time as this helps reduce sea flavour. Bring the water to boil and add the soaked seaweed. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes and medium heat. Strain, reserving the liquid.
The liquid jelly has traditionally been used as a base for soup or added in small amount to juices for a healthy restorative beverage.

Both recipes from  'Seaweed' by Valerie Gennari Cooksley

Disclaimer: This material is provided for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This information is generic and may not include the latest research. We encourage you to do your own research and discuss your findings with a qualified health practitioner who can help you validate the outcomes in the context of your specific & individual health situation.

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