ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Health»
  • Alternative & Natural Medicine

Rejuvenate with Irish Moss

Updated on April 6, 2015

What is Irish Moss

Irish Moss also known as Pearl Moss or Caraigeen (gaelic) is not a true moss but more so a seaweed. It is sometimes referred to as Red Algae. It was originally discovered on submerged rocks off the coast of Ireland. According to Irish Natives, this healing weed was carried on long trips and used as a treatment for tuberculosis and pneumonia. Today it is used as mattress filler and color ink thickener. If you read the ingredients list on jelly-based food you can sometimes find caraigeen as one of the ingredients.

Irish Moss Capsules

Internal Health

Irish Moss plays an important role in the health of the digestive tract. It has shown to be very effective in fighting dysentery, diarrhea, peptic ulcer, duodenal ulcer and even gastritis. Its compounds have a very detoxifying effect on the kidney and bladder. Since it is so effective in cleansing out toxins it has been used on cancer patients who have undergone chemotherapy limiting toxin accumulation and additional damage as a secondary condition. Sometimes you can even find Irish Moss as an ingredient in body detox preparations as it complements other effective herbs in removing acidic build-up within the walls of the intestines.

Irish Moss can also be combined with another wonderful healing plant, the aloe vera plant. Drinking aloe vera juice daily combined with Irish Moss with double the effect on our digestive system. This can be especially beneficial if we have a lot of build-up and therefore a very slow-acting digestive system.

Irish Moss also plays an important role in the health of our cardiovascular system. It inhibits or slow down the formation of arteriosclerosis. Irish Moss contains natural blood thinning compounds and continuously flushes out toxins to limit build-up within arteries. Irish Moss does contain vitamin K which is important for the heart. Vitamin K has an important duty and that is to make sure that calcium is absorbed into the bones instead of attaching itself to arteries of the cardiovascular system. This might be beneficial for older people who are often diagnosed of having thick blood aiding in the healthy functioning of the cardiovascular system.

In addition Irish Moss does contain antioxidants helping the body fight free radicals that cause oxidative stress. Free radicals are produced as part of the metabolic process that takes place within the body. Oxidative stress can be caused by stress, anger, worries, a diet rich in acid-causing build-up, medication, environmental toxins, smoke, alcohol. That is why it is so important to protect your body from oxidative stress by eating healthy and taking nutritional supplements that provide us with additional antioxidants.

Last but not least, Irish Moss also contains organic sulphur, a mineral we usually don't hear much about. Our body's concentration of sulphur is higher than that of magnesium. Nevertheless, we are always told to increase magnesium intake. Magnesium deficiencies do pose certain health risks. Unfortunately, the sulfphur content in our blood doesn't seem to get checked despite the fact that it is needed for so many functions.

Skin Health

What is good for our internal health is usually also good for our skin as well as our internal health reflects itself on the look and feel of our skin. If we don't feel well, then our skin will most likely show it. But if we feel tremendously well, then our skin will have a healthy and rejuvenation glow. But we can double the beautiful-skin effect by carefully choosing what we put on our skin.

Irish Moss is used as an active ingredient in many lotions. It protects the skin from foreign invaders while providing moisture. Repeated use of this seaweed increases moisture retention. The skin’s surface appears smoother and silkier. Because it is also loaded with vitamin A, B, C and D it gives our skin most needed nourishment and can help us fight all sorts of skin conditions.

Because Irish Moss does contain compounds which initiate a detoxifying action within the body, applying it onto the skin will further promote cleansing. Using a quality product will make sure that the pores won't get plugged allowing the skin to breathe. This action once again can be doubled by adding some pure aloe vera gel to your cream.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Emayordomo profile image

      Emayordomo 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Definitely learned something new here! Good job!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is used to quickly and efficiently deliver files such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisements has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)