Irish moss is a type of seaweed. It grows in cold water and is used in raw food recipes for nutrition and thickening properties. Irish Moss has been used for centuries in Ireland, it carries no color and relatively no taste while providing a lot of fiber, protein, trace minerals and other nutrients.
- Has a soothing effect on the mucous membranes throughout the body. It has a softening effect on the tissues and helps many respiratory problems including bronchitis and pneumonia.
- Soothes the mucous membranes of the digestive tract and also has a mild laxative effect.
- Contains antioxidants to help fight free radicals
- 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.
Before you work with Irish Moss, you usually need to make it into a paste.
- To make a paste, soak ¼ cup Irish Moss in cold water for at least 3 hours.
- Then rinse your moss in cold water really, really well to get rid of all sand and rocks
- Put your moss in the blender with 1 cup water
- Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Moss paste is completely smooth.
- Store the paste in fridge in a glass jar for up to 10 days.
Note: Soak your moss for 3 – 10 hours before making a paste. You can let the moss soak longer, but it will lose some of its gelling properties and you would have to use more paste in your specific recipe. If you don’t have time to make the paste after you soak the moss, leave it in the fridge in a jar without water for up to 3-days.