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Irish Moss

Irish 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.

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