I have borrowed the photos. You can find the links attached to their captions. Thanks for the loan! :-)
Rodale's Encyclopedia of Natural Home Remedies by Mark Bricklin the Executive Editor of Prevention Medicine lists Irish Moss as an ingredient in a herbal mixture given for the relief of bursitis. It was a mixture of alfalfa and Irish Moss. Anyone who has ever suffered from bursitis (I have) would truly find that worth mentioning.
It is such a pretty little flower and will grow virtually any where with little or no attention paid to it. It has been found covering bare spots in yards where nothing else would and even in brick walls in the cracks and crevices. It is extremely rich in nutrients such as A, B, C, and D.
It has been shown to be an excellent skin softener and conditioner to create soft smooth skin as it nourishes and moisturizes. It is applied to rashes, sunburns, eczema and dry flaky skin and a common ingredient in make up and skin care products. It is also recommended to improve the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles.
Not only is it used to feed cattle, but is also nutritional and beneficial for human consumption and commonly referred to as North Atlantic seaweed, pearl moss or carragheen. It soothes the respiratory system, aids in digestion and is a mild laxative while improving thyroid function.
Some very helpful information on food preparation is found here and some warnings are listed here. I am still not completely put off, but will perhaps restrict myself to using it as skincare and hair care treatment until I learn more.
This post linked to ABC Wednesday honoring the letter I this week. Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!!
P.S. Scriptor Senex asked a very good question and I want to address it. As with identifying this plant and any others, they are known by many names and not just that; they come in many forms. Identification is very important. Some herbals have many names. The Latin name for Irish Moss is Sagina subulata. A reader posed the question of identification here and a writer answered.
Look up Irish Moss under images and you will see a wide array of photos. If you look at pictures of it at the many different sites that are offering recipes, cooking tips and so forth it takes on a much different appearance. Any time you want to add a herbal to your diet it is vital that you have properly identified it. I grow some herbals in my garden such as cat nip. I use them regularly, but would not dream of using something I am unsure of. I know the feel of cat nip, the look and the scent. Until you are familiar, you should be careful. The right product is a gift of God, the wrong a curse. . .