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Monday, March 11, 2013

Ideal for it's Inherent Medicinal Qualities?

Letter I

I have borrowed the photos. You can find the links attached to their captions. Thanks for the loan! :-)
A-D Chondrus crispus ; E-FMastocarpus stellatus
Scientific classification
Species:C. crispus
Binomial name
Chondrus crispus

Irish Moss

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!!

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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. . .
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Scriptor Senex March 12, 2013 at 8:11 AM  

I'm confused. The carragheen and Irish moss I know are a red seaweed (especially Chondrus crispus). So no white flowers because seaweeda are algae not flowering plants. Is pearl moss something different? That's the problem with common names they can cover so many different plants. You don't happen to know the scientific name do you?

Judy SheldonWalker March 12, 2013 at 10:34 PM  

The Latin name is Sagina subulata and while looking online to answer your question as I have had very similar questions myself when looking up herbs. I have fallen in love with the pretty little blue flower that grows wild called chicory, but know that it is not quite the same thing as the chicory we grind and add to our coffee. I have rose of sharon shrubs and use the petals to brew into tea and know the name it is frequently referred to is hibiscus. Rose of Sharon is part of the family. Can we ever know all about plants, and if we did wouldn't a new plant be added just as we learned them all? My knowledge will never encompass all their is to know about herbs but I have a passion for learning and love that you asked. I did find someone else that asked a similar question and have the link and will add it to my post as your question is truly worth looking into.

Thanks so much Scriptor Senex!!

Roger Owen Green March 13, 2013 at 6:06 AM  

Very INFORMATIVE. Plant types are NOT my strong suit.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

acreativeharbor.com March 13, 2013 at 8:19 AM  

Informative and creative post for ABC ^_^

Gattina March 13, 2013 at 1:15 PM  

I only know that we are going back to grandma's old herb recipes !

Chubskulit Rose March 14, 2013 at 11:10 PM  

Iris moss, timing for St. Patrick!

Catching up with letter i entries.
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

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