Irish Moss is a healthful natural thickening agent to use in cooking as an alternative to gelatin or cornstarch, and also a multipurpose beauty aid whether taken internally or used externally. Irish Moss once saved thousands of Irish from starvation during the potato famine of the mid-19th century. It is a curly red, purple, or yellow green plant which is found clinging to submerged rocks. This seaweed grows in tidal pools along the northern Atlantic. When Irish Moss is used externally, it softens and soothes the skin. Use it on your wrinkles and any dark circles under your eyes! Also it reduces the effects of sunburn, chapped skin, eczema, psoriasis, and other rashes.
How To Prepare Irish Moss:
1 cup raw organic Irish Moss
Glass Jar w/lid for storage
1. Add 1 cup Irish Moss to a large mixing bowl full of water. Allow to soak for 10 minutes, then lift out of the water so the sand stays at the bottom of the bowl. You may want to repeat this process a few times to make sure all of the sand is rinsed away.
2. Transfer the rinsed Irish Moss to a medium saucepan filled with filtered water. Bring to a low boil over medium heat, then cover and reduce to a simmer for 12-15 minutes or until soft. Remove pan from heat and strain out the water, reserving it for blending
3. Transfer the Irish Moss to a blender and add enough of the now-thickened water from the saucepan to reach the 2-3cup measurement in your blender. Add more or less liquid depending on how thick you would like your gel. Blend on high until smooth.
4. Pour the gel into the glass jar and let cool on the counter until room temperature, then seal and store in the fridge. It will continue to thicken as it cools
Now you can add this vegan and natural thickener to smoothies, soups, sauces and puddings, or apply it externally to skin and nails. For cosmetic use, consider blending in a drop of your favorite essential oil for additional beauty benefits. Lavender, Rose, and Peppermint are all great options.