Irish moss is a seaweed from the Atlantic Ocean that is harvested for its nutrients, its emulsifying abilities, and its mucilage. These characteristics play a vital role in regaining the youthful properties of hair, skin and nails.
Irish moss is full of nutrients and minerals that can restore and maintain the beauty and health of the human body:
- Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, F, and K
- Amino acids
As an emulsifier, Irish moss can combine two items that would not blend smoothly on their own, such as oil and water. This acts a stabilizer in shampoos, conditioners, lotions and cosmetics without losing any nutritional value.
One of the most interesting characteristics of Irish moss is its ability to produce mucilage when immersed in water (especially hot water). This slimy, slippery byproduct can make skin remarkably soft while giving hair a high level of “slippage,” reducing the detangling time of even the tiniest curl.
Irish moss is currently sold whole, in flakes and in powder form. To obtain the highest levels of mucilage and nutrients, it should be purchased in its rawest state.
To create a homemade Irish moss gel, rinse Irish moss (the dried, raw form or flakes) and soak in enough water to cover for up to 12 hours (it’s ready when the moss is translucent and nearly tripled in size). Strain and then blend the moss with enough fresh water to create a smooth paste and set aside in the refrigerator until the gel has set.
Irish moss gel can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks and frozen indefinitely. If freezing, chill the gel in an ice cube tray and then keep the cubes in a plastic bag for easy use at a later date.
Some fast and easy Irish moss beauty treatments:
- Mix a tablespoon of Irish moss gel with conditioner or apply it alone to increase the manageability, moisture and shine of your hair.
- Combine the Irish moss gel with organic aloe vera juice to make a paste that may be applied to the hands or face for up to 15 minutes before rinsing.
- Add Irish moss gel to any natural butter (shea, mango, cocoa or cupuacu) and whip up for a light, smooth hand or body cream.
To purchase raw Irish moss, visit The Raw Food World.