>> Monday, July 26, 2010
Anyway…I’ve been spotting it at my local raw vegan store but just never got brave enough to buy it. Well, Sam was placing an order through Mountain Rose Herbs (they’re awesome btw) so I asked him to order some Irish moss while he was at it.
Hmm…this looks different than what I was seeing at the vegan store. Does this look right to you Irish moss users? I’m used it being lighter in color and in more whole pieces (kind of like this). Can I still soak this? I purposely haven’t opened the package in case I need to return it.
Anyway, there’s also a powder which I thought was interesting. According the profile, it’s mainly used for medicinal purposes.
For those not familiar with Irish moss it’s seaweed that’s been dried and when soaked (after it’s been rinsed very well) it provides an odorless and tasteless jelly that can be used in ice creams, desserts, or other dishes where a firm texture or binder is needed.
It’s also sometimes found in skin and hair products. Kelli mentioned to me that she sometimes uses it for homemade facials. I will have to try that.
The moss itself contains almost 10% in protein but is also rich in iodine, sulphur, calcium, selenium, zinc and vitamins A, B, C, and D, just to name a few bennies. Other bonuses include: strengthens connective tissue, helps prevent cholesterol buildup, moisturizes, and helps with eczema, psoriasis, sunburns, and rashes, even effective against varicose veins.
Pretty amazing stuff.
Now, from what I understand on how to use it (thanks Kelli for enlightening me) is you rinse it very very well. Be sure it’s rid of any sand particles and impurities. Then soak it overnight (1/4 c packed Irish moss with 1 c water). After that it’s ready to use.
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