IRISH MOSS- is also called the carrageen - moss of the rocks, in Irish. This local name could also possibly be after a village found in southeastern Ireland where the seaweed grows in particular abundance. The Irish call it the moss of the rocks because this seaweed is found clinging to submerged rocks in Ireland as well as on rocks along the shorelines of Canada and the New England states in the US, it is also seen in the British Isles and most of coastal Europe, up to the Portuguese coastline in the far south. In U.S., the early Irish immigrants were the first to gather this seaweed.
The Irish moss is an useful demulcent and emollient remedy. The remedy made from the Irish moss is primarily used in treating chronic coughs and cases of bronchitis. The Irish moss possesses a potent expectorant effect; this induces the coughing up of accumulated phlegm in the respiratory passages. The remedies made from the Irish moss help soothe the dry and irritated mucous membranes and ease the symptoms of a chronic cough. The Irish moss remedy is also effective in dealing with acidic indigestion and in the treatment of gastritis. The remedy is also useful in the treatment of all kinds of urinary infections including cystitis. The remedy prepared from the Irish moss is usually used in combination with other helpful herbs when dealing with the conditions mentioned above.