The Irish moss is an useful demulcent and emollient remedy. The remedy made from the Irish moss is primarily used in treating chronic coughs and cases of bronchitis. The Irish moss possesses a potent expectorant effect; this induces the coughing up of accumulated phlegm in the respiratory passages. The remedies made from the Irish moss help soothe the dry and irritated mucous membranes and ease the symptoms of a chronic cough. The Irish moss remedy is also effective in dealing with acidic indigestion and in the treatment of gastritis. The remedy is also useful in the treatment of all kinds of urinary infections including cystitis. The remedy prepared from the Irish moss is usually used in combination with other helpful herbs when dealing with the conditions mentioned above. The Irish moss is mucilaginous in texture, with a mild salty flavor. When prepared into a dish, the Irish moss is a valuable source of nutrition for patients in long term convalescence and rest. The remedy made from the Irish moss can also be used as a topical remedy and applied externally on the body. This emollient herb brings soothing relief to inflamed skin and eases the symptoms of inflammation disorders. One other major effect of the Irish moss is that it thins out the blood and can be used to remove blood clots. The remedy made from the Irish moss is effective as a demulcent in treating specific types of digestive disorders, including problems like the ulceration of the stomach or ulcers on the duodenum lining. Irish moss with its soothing effect is very helpful in dealing with severe inflammations affecting the urinary system of a person. The Irish moss has also been prepared as a dish and used as a food in the maintenance diets prescribed to patients afflicted by diabetes. Irish moss has principally been used in speeding the recuperation time of patients affected by prolonged debilitating illness, specifically tuberculosis and pneumonia affected patients. The recovery of complete health is facilitated and boosted by the consumption of useful herbs like the Irish moss and other tonic nutritive remedies. The Irish moss was found in recently concluded animal research to have specific anti-viral effects against the influenza B and the mumps viruses in tested animals under laboratory conditions. The results from the clinical research conducted on the test animal's gives substance to the traditional uses of the Irish moss in treating these types of disorders. The value of the Irish moss herbal remedy in the treatment of ulcers have also been confirmed in these studies, the results from the tests also confirm the anti-coagulant action of the Irish moss herbal remedy.
The habitat, in which the Irish moss can be found, is the rocky coastline along the North Atlantic Ocean that touches both Europe and the North American continent. The Irish moss can be found growing on rocks and stones that lie just below the waterline in coastal regions. The harvest of Irish moss is carried out in North America in the summer months, while it is harvested in Ireland during the fall. During the harvest, the Irish moss is pulled up by hand or using a rake during the low tide, gathered plants are then dried in the sun and stored for later use.
Irish moss contains large amounts of polysaccharides, proteins (up to 100/0), amino acids, iodine, and bromine. The polysaccharides become jellylike and demulcent when the plant is immersed in water.
Herbal infusion: the infusion of the Irish moss can be prepared steeping one to one and a half teaspoonfuls of the dried Irish moss in a cup of boiling water, the Irish moss must be left standing for ten minutes to allow the herbal essence to infuse into the water. The infusion can be taken thrice daily as a remedy for various illnesses. Tincture: the dosage of the Irish moss tincture can be one to two ml of the tincture taken thrice daily to treat different kinds of disorders.