moss, also known colloquially as "Carrageen", is a type
of seaweed that grows among
submerged rocks off the coast of Ireland and other North Atlantic
shores. According to
ancient Irish folklore, it was carried on trips for protection and
safety, and was placed
beneath rugs to bring prosperity and good luck. It is a mucilaginous
herb that is useful as
a laxative, expectorant and cough suppressent, and also relieves
sore throats, gastritis,
dyspepsia, and kidney and bladder infections. Irish moss may be
used as an alternative to
gelatine, acting as a natural gelling agent in soups, stews, gravies
and salad dressings.
Externally, it is commonly used in lotions and creams to moisten
dry or chapped skin.