Herb of the Day- Irish Moss

This plant is high in many trace vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, B, C, and D. It is also high in calcium, iron and iodine.

This beautiful, highly mucilaginous plant is actually not a moss at all, but rather a type of algae.  Found along the coasts of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea you’ll find Irish Moss growing on rocks.  As the name implies, Irish Moss is abundant near Ireland. This plant is processed into the additive carrageenan which is frequently found in dairy and other products as a thickening agent.   Carrageenan has been getting a lot of attention in the natural living world lately because of its likelihood to damage the gut.  Irish Moss, when left in its natural state (and not refined into carrageenan), is extremely healthful and can be good for the gut!  This plant is high in many trace vitamins and minerals including Vitamins A, B, C, and D.  It is also high in calcium, iron and iodine.  Irish Moss is used topically, and internally and is often added to cough syrups.

Traditional Uses

  • Antacid
  • Ulcers
  • Anemia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Demulcent
  • Thyroid Support
  • Emollient
  • Nutritive
  • Kidney Problems
  • Bladder Problems
  • Inflammation
  • Weight Loss

The Plant

Irish Moss varies in color from a green-yellow to red, even a deep, dark purple.  This plant grows quite small typically only growing to about 3 inches tall.  You’ll find this plant growing on rocks in tide pools and along coasts. Irish Moss grows with a strong stem with many smaller branches growing off of it, almost resembling a small leafless tree.  In the U.S. the moss is harvested in the Spring during low tide.

TriLight Health and Irish Moss

Irish Moss is found in our Irish Moss single extract

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Have you ever seen “carrageenan” on a label and wondered where it came from?

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