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What is Irish Moss Seaweed?

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Natural Irish Moss Dry Seaweed

Irish moss is not actually a “moss” but a type of red seaweed that has been used for centuries in Ireland and the Atlantic Coast of Europe & North America for its healing properties.

Irish Moss is consumed in a different way to the other commonly available seaweeds, because it becomes jelly-like when soaked in water.  It is often used as a vegan substitute for gelatin as it provides a similar consistency without the animal protein.

Although it was traditionally simmered and consumed as a liquid broth, modern-day recipes use Irish Moss make a raw blended gel which is then added to various foods and drinks as a nutritious thickening agent.  The strong aroma of ocean that emerges from the packet will neutralise after soaking & rinsing, and the colour lighten if the little red stems are removed.

Irish moss contains many beneficial vitamins and trace minerals such as sulfur, iodine, iron, calcium, selenium, magnesium, potassium and folate. Traditionally it was used as a respiratory tonic to relieve congestion, coughs & sore throats, to treat skin conditions & generally nourish the skin; to strengthen connective tissues & cartilage & reduce inflammation of the joints.  It is also soothing to the digestive tract, lubricating the mucus membranes and is mildly laxative.

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 should be verified by a qualified health practitioner for specific & individual needs & requirements.

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