Irish moss

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Irish moss
This species of moss is found in rocks by the sea west of Ireland, and also of England and Scotland. Listed in the trade as curruscante; twisted, horny - looking mass, which swell slowly in cold water, and almost dissolved in boiling water. Contains a large amount of mucilage rubber - like, with small amounts of starch and other substances. The mucilage is a beautiful jelly, and is quite nutritious.

The decoction is made macerated half an ounce of moss for ten minutes in warm water, then boiling fifteen minutes in three pints of water, hard, sweeten to taste, and seasoned with lemon and some spices. This can drink freely. When used mainly for food, milk is due to replace the water.

The jelly is made using two ounces of moss to three pints of water, adding half a pound of sugar, milk and when it is used instead of water, a nice white and light delicacy is produced.

Used Part.

The algae complete.

Active Principles.

Abundant mucilages (80%) carrageenan. Mineral salts.

Drug Action.

Demulcent (anti - inflammatory, protector of the mucous membranes) Saciantes, reduces the intestinal absorption of fat and carbohydrates, laxative, immunostimulant, antitussive.


Flu, colds, pharyngitis, laryngitis, bronchitis, emphysema, asthma. Gastritis, gastric ulcers, constipation. Adjunct in the treatment of overweight, hyperlipidemia and diabetes.


Do not prescribe dosage forms with alcoholic content for oral administration in children under two years or consultants in the process of alcohol addiction.

Side Effects.

A bowel can interfere with absorption of minerals, vitamins and other medications, if administered at the same time.

Caution / Poisoning.

In diabetic patients, controlling blood glucose, the possibility of being required to adjust the dose of insulin or oral agents.

Take into account the alcohol content of the extract fluid from the dye and syrup.

Galenica forms / Dosage.

Decoction: one tablespoon per cup of dessert. Boil 5 minutes, two or three cups a day.

Fluid extract (1: 1) 30 - 50 drops, one to three times a day.

Tincture (1: 5) 50 - 100 drops, one to three times a day.

Syrup (3 to 10% extract fluid) often associated with other plants chest: one to five tablespoons a day.


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Bruneton, J. Elements of Phytochemistry and Pharmacognosy. Zaragoza: Acribia, 1991, p. 27.

Paris, RR; Moyse, M. Summary of Matter Médicale. Take I. Paris: Masson, 1986, pp. 355 - 7.

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Van Hellemont, J. Compendio de Phytothérapie. Bruxelles: Asociación Pharmaceutique Belge, 1986, pp. 167 - 8.

La descripción: la Orden Natural, Algaceae. CHONDRUS Género: Trunda cartilaginosa, Serena, aplastada, casi cilíndrico en la base, dichotomously dividió. C. crispus: Trundas gruesas, tres a diez pulgadas de largo, en Segmentos en forma de cuna, estrecha, profundamente Hendido; el Malvado de márgenes, casi córneo cuando seca, de un color marrón - violáceo profundo, llegando a ser un sucio amarillento - blanco cuando secado.

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