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Chondrus crispus (Gigartinaceae)

CARRAGEEN, IRISH MOSS

 

This algae from the cool North Atlantic is dried and used by herbalists to soothe internal body surfaces, and as an emulsifier in medicines and foods.

 

A red algae that flourishes in the cool waters of the North Atlantic. It comes in many forms, having anything from fan-shaped to ribbon-like fronds. Dried, the fronds are yellow-brown and translucent.

 

PARTS USED

Dried plant.

 

ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Gel-forming polysaccharides known as carrageens.

 

ACTIONS

Soothes internal body surfaces; cough suppressant; nutritive.

 

MEDICINAL USE

Given for indigestion associated with nausea and heartburn, gastritis (stomach inflammation), bronchitis, and irritable cough. It is also used as an emulsifier (enabling water and oil to mix) in medicines such as cod liver oil.

 

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Infusion.

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