Carrageenan or Irish Moss


Popular names: rocky moss, cartilaginous algae.

Pharmacy name: dry red algae – Carrageen (Irish moss).

Botanical description. The repeatedly forked-branched thallus of these gelatinous-fleshy red algae is 10-15 cm long. In the water, the algae lose their color. Numerous on the coast of the North Atlantic.

Active ingredients: mucus, protein, minerals (especially bromine and iodine).

Application. Due to the high content of mucus, the plant is used as an emollient and anti-inflammatory in respiratory and intestinal catarrhs. Nika. It is also used as a mild laxative.

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