Irish Moss is a remarkably nutrient dense red seaweed with many different uses! It's also commonly referred to as 'Sea Moss'. Learn how to use Irish Moss seaweed in three completely different ways; as a healthy food ingredient, a home remedy or a DIY beauty treatment. This is a tremendous red seaweed that offers many health benefits and has many applications.
Irish Moss is a healthy food - boosts immunity and prevents illness
Although Irish Moss has many culinary uses, we don’t use it the same way we may sprinkle or chop other seaweeds into our foods. It is advisable to first make it into a gel that can be safely stored in the fridge for a few weeks. View our recipes to make the gel here. Once you have made your gel, it can be stored in the refrigerator for weeks or frozen into blocks for convenience.
This Irish sea moss gel is a fortifying functional food that can be used whenever you want something smooth, thick or creamy without heat. Irish Moss also has the added benefit of being prepared entirely raw, which is perfect if you are committed to eating natural and unprocessed foods.
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Explore our recipe section for many ideas on using Irish Moss as a beautiful everyday healthy ingredient in your kitchen:
Irish Moss and Desserts
Irish Moss pudding has been served for generations as a nutritious dessert. Irish Moss is boiled in milk and strained in Ireland, and parts of Scotland before sugar and other flavourings, such as vanilla, cinnamon, brandy or whiskey, are added. The end product is a pudding similar to panna cotta.
Use Irish Moss gel as a vegan gelatin substitute.
Like Agar, Irish moss gel is frequently used as a vegan substitute for gelatin in
baking because of its jelly-like texture.
Use Irish Moss gel to give a creamy texture to drinks
Whether you are working with smoothies, nut milk, or juices, you can adjust the quantity of gel to achieve the perfect consistency. Add ½ tsp of gel per cup of liquid and blend as a rule of thumb. One advantage is that it makes it easier to chew the drink and activates the digestive enzymes, which gives a feeling of fullness while adding so few calories!
Use Irish Moss gel to thicken sauces.
Add ½-1 tsp of gel per 1 cup of liquid, and blend.
Use Irish Moss gel to replace fat or oil in dressings.
Replace the fat (oil, coconut butter or dairy cream cheese) with the equivalent amount of gel.
Use Irish Moss gel to give a light, fluffy texture to frostings, dips, nut cheeses and desserts.
Cut back on the nuts, process all your ingredients and add the equivalent amount of gel to the amount you removed at the very end.
Use Irish Moss gel to firm up raw cheesecakes and fruit leathers.
Replace coconut oil, cacao butter or nut cream with Irish Moss gel. The result will be fewer calories, and it’ll retain its texture for longer outside the fridge.
Use Irish Moss gel to replace eggs in vegan baking
Irish moss gel can also be used in raw vegan baking to replace eggs and other ingredients to give a bread-like texture and appearance.
Tip: Add spoons of gel to your pet’s food or house plants for a mineral boost.
Irish Moss and healing home remedies
Irish Moss has a long history of medicinal use for respiratory and digestive ailments. It is said to have a softening effect on the tissues. It helps many respiratory problems such as bronchitis, the standard chest cold and pneumonia by soothing the mucous membranes of the digestive tract. Read more here about its substantial health benefits.
Irish Moss - DIY Beauty
Many skincare lotions and masks now contain seaweed extracts as seaweeds contain high concentrations of essential nutrients, such as vitamins A, B, C, and E. These support the skin’s capacity to retain crucial lipids and moisture. Irish Moss is rich in minerals and has excellent detoxifying properties – when applied topically, Irish moss soothes and softens the skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties can ease rashes, psoriasis, eczema, and sunburns.
Irish Moss has also become known in the cosmetic industry for its anti-aging effects. This is credited to the relatively high amounts of vitamin K found in Irish Moss, which recent studies link to skin elasticity.
Irish moss is thought to have many cosmetic properties, from helping rid the body of varicose veins to reducing the appearance of wrinkles. The moss gel can be turned into face masks or a lotion to treat sunburn.
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Learn more about Irish Moss here:
- Make Irish Moss Gel
- Is Irish Moss the same as Sea Moss?
- Remarkable Health Benefits of Irish Moss
- Is Irish Moss the same as carageenan?
Disclaimer: This material is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This information may not include the very latest research. We encourage you to do your own research and discuss your findings with a qualified health practitioner who can help you validate the outcomes in the context of your specific & individual health situation.