What is Irish Moss?
Chondrus crispus—commonly called Irish moss or carrageen moss (Irish carraigín, “little rock”)—is a species of red algae which grows abundantly along the rocky parts of the Atlantic coast of Europe and North America. In it’s natural state it’s body holds 20 to 100 times it’s weight in water. The organism also consists of nearly 10% dry weight protein and about 15% dry weight mineral matter, and is rich in iodine and sulfur. When softened in water it has a sea-like odour and because of the abundant cell wall polysaccharides it will form a gel when boiled, containing from 20 to 100 times its weight of water.
In the 19th century, Ireland survived a potato famine by turning to a consistent diet of Irish Moss. In past, it was used as cattle feed, as a mattress stuffing and thickener for colored inks that is used in printing. According to the ancient Irish folklore, people used to carry it on the trips for protection as well as safety. It was also used to treat pneumonia and tuberculosis.
Fast forward to 1847, former fishermen Daniel Ward spotted Irish Moss off the coast of Massachusetts. Ward immediately siezed the oppurtunity to tap into this unharvested source and settled in Scituate, Massachusetts, midway between Boston and Plymouth. Prior to Ward’s arrival, Scituate was a relatively deserted place but soon would attract Irish immigrants as word spread about this new oppurtunity. Massachusetts locals had no interest in Irish Moss and embraced Ward’s ambition allowing him to build, hinderance free. Irish Mossing almost single handedly populated Scituate and established a new industry in Massachusetts.
Irish Moss Benefits
"One spoonful a day keeps the ambulance away...”
Many of the diseases that plague our world today are prevalent due to our poor dieting. Processed foods with added chemicals create a toxic environment in the body inhibiting proper cell functions, allowing illness and disease to thrive in the body. The human body is made up of proteins, minerals, and vitamins that have specific roles in carrying out our bodily processes. If we aren’t getting essential nutrients in our diets, our body simply doesn’t have the tools it needs to sustain optimum health.
Many of the foods that are available to us, lack the nutrition our body requires to carry out important functions There are 11 elements that make up almost 99% of the human body. These elements are oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, and magnesium. Irish Moss contains all 11 of these elements and more. (see chart on the next page) This explains how the people in Ireland were able to survive their potato famine. Not only does Irish Moss contain the essential elements that make up the human body, it also contains Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Omega fatty acids, fiber, carbohydrates, and protein. Coupling Irish Moss with a healthy diet with minimal processed foods will reverse disease and give the body the necessary fuel it needs to boost the immune system.