Irish Sea Moss

Learn about all the benefits of Irish Sea Moss and a DIY Recipe for Sea Moss Hair Gel

Irish Sea Moss

Chondrus crispus, or Irish sea moss, is a common edible red seaweed that was originally found in the Atlantic Ocean. The cell wall of Irish moss contains carrageenan and C. Crispus is the source of this commercially used thickener.


The benefits of carrageenan were well known in Ireland, where Irish Sea Moss received its name. The use of Irish moss in treating respiratory problems was first described in Ireland in 1810. The name “carrageen,” stemmed from the Irish language and was first introduced around 1830. It was especially important during the Great Hunger (1846-51) as one of the few sources of nutrition still available.

Irish sea moss also contains 92 of the 102 minerals found in the body and is rich in iodine, calcium, potassium, Sulphur, and iron. It also contains the following vitamins:

  • Vitamin A in sea moss helps in improving eyesight. It also helps in developing immunity against cold and flu.

  • Vitamin B in sea moss helps in regulating the metabolism of the body, maintains the nervous system and skin health.

  • Vitamin C helps in maintaining the immune system of the body. It also aids in absorbing iron in the body.

  • Vitamin D maintains your bone health and improves the deficiency of calcium in the body.

  • Vitamin E acts as antioxidants which protect against cell walls.

  • Vitamin K in sea moss recovers from clotting of blood.

Some of the main uses of Irish sea moss in medicine:

  • Sea Moss has antiviral agents that cure and prevent respiratory ailments such as pneumonia colds bronchitis flu and even tuberculosis. It is rich in potassium chloride, which is said to dissolve mucus, the discharge caused by the swelling of the mucous membrane skin muscle and joint the pain.

  • This wonder seaweed is known to cure various skin diseases such as dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis. Sea Moss can be applied topically or added to baths to moisturize and hydrate the skin it is also said to prevent varicose veins rashes and inflammation as well as provide relief for muscle and joint pain thyroid related diseases.

  • Sea Moss is a rich source of iodine which helps in the production of thyroid hormone to strengthen the immune system in order to fight diseases.

  • It also serves as a microbial agent in which it filters out germs and other bacteria’s during blood circulation.

  • It can be very helpful for coughs sore throats relieving congestion and expelling excess mucus from the lungs soothing to digestive tract rich soup broths made from Irish moss seaweed have been used for centuries to relieve gastritis and ulcers of the digestive tract.

Hair Benefits

  • Natural thickening agent that helps to emulsify products

  • Softens skin

  • Strengthens hair / fortify hair fibers

  • Enhances shine in hair

  • Soothes scalp

  • Adds moisture and “smoothness” to the hair

Sea Moss Recipe for hair

My DIY Sea Moss recipe is

1/2 cups Irish Sea Moss Gel

1/2 cup of Spring Water

1/4 cup Ayurvedic Hair Loss Oil

1/4 cup Glycerin

1 tsp Raw Honey

10 drops peppermint essential oil

Irish Sea Moss Drink Recipe

1 cup of Almond Milk

1 cup of condensed Coconut milk

1/2 cup of Irish Sea Moss Gel

1 Cinnamon Stick

2 teaspoons of raw honey

1 teaspoon vanilla