Irish Moss: a Plant-Based Secret Weapon

Chances are, you have encountered Irish Moss before. You may even consume it daily! But what is Irish Moss? Sea moss, also known as Irish moss, red algae, Chondrus crispus is a type of seaweed that grows in the oceans all over the world.  It is used as a thickening and binding agent in food products such as Pudding, Cream Pie, Meringue, and smoothies, as well as skin creams, gels, shampoos, and as a skin softener. Irish Moss is also revered for its numerous health benefits and it’s excellent source of nutrients.

Health Benefits

Irish Moss provides benefit to a wide range of your body’s needs, from thyroid support to digestive health.

Thyroid Support

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DI-Iodothyronine (DIT), what T3 breaks down into, is found in abundance in brown sea moss and for this reason, it has been used as a treatment for thyroid disorders. Thyroxin (T4) and Tri-iodothyronine (T3) have been found as the main organically bound iodine compounds in several seaweeds.

Irish Moss has a high concentration of iodine and selenium: both crucial factors in thyroid hormone production.

Immune Support

Irish Moss is a source of potassium chloride, a nutrient which helps to dissolve catarrhs (inflammation and phlegm in the mucous membranes), which cause congestion. It contains compounds which act as a natural antimicrobial and antiviral agents, helping to boost immunity and get rid of infections.

Irish Moss also has an abundance of antioxidants, Vitamin C, and amino acids, which boosts your immune health and prevents cellular damage.

Mental Health

Irish Moss packs a ton of potassium, which is a vital nutrient for mental and emotional health. High-potassium foods are proven to be helpful for fibromyalgia, moodiness, agitation, depression and anxiety disorders, and can improve behaviour and mental functioning.

Vitamin B vitamins are also found in Irish Moss, which are known for reducing stress and aiding the nervous system.

Digestive and Skin Health

Irish Moss  has a mucilaginous consistency, meaning it can help act as a soothing and healing agent to all mucous membranes (great for external skin health and for boosting collagen and internal digestive tract health).

How to Use Irish Moss

Irish Moss can be used in many different recipes, especially as a Vegan stand-in for recipes requiring eggs or gelatin. It has a strong sea-flavour, so use it in small amounts while you get the hang of using it! Here are some standard uses:

  • Ice Cream
  • Pudding
  • Cream pie
  • Meringue
  • Whipped cream
  • Salad dressing
  • Smoothies
  • Sauces
  • Blended soups
  • Nut cheeses

Where to Purchase Irish Moss

You can purchase our wild harvested Irish Moss directly from Upaya Naturals in 8oz or 5lb!


Ayurveda & Balance: Morning Routine

A few years ago we shared information about the Ayurvedic morning routine. With so many of us leading such busy lives–and feeling that time is being compressed–we thought it would be good to  revisit the age-old wisdom of living a balanced lifestyle. To this end, practicing consistency is a key to success. As Ayurvedic physician Vasant Lad suggests, “Routine helps to establish balance in one’s constitution. It also regularizes a person’s biological clock, aids digestion, absorption and assimilation, and generates self-esteem, discipline, peace, happiness, and longevity.” For this reason, routine is important for overall health.

Starting off your day with a consistent morning routine helps set the tone for the remainder of the day. We conferred with Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar, best-selling author, Ayurvedic practitioner and motivational speaker. Here are a few Ayurvedic ‘rituals’ that we suggest:

1. Wake with the sun. Rising first thing in the morning with the sun sets our internal clock and initiates a calm mindset as we begin our day.

2. Drink a glass of water. Drink a glass of warm water. This helps cleanse the GI tract and flush kidneys.

3. Scrape your tongue. The oral cavity is the major gateway to the human body, and the mouth harbors a whole range of bacterial species. While we sleep, undigested food and toxic bacteria accumulate on our tongues. Tongue scraping first thing in the morning is key to removing this bio-burden and toxic buildup, and stimulates our internal organs. It ignites our digestion for the day.

4. Brush & floss. Use your Ionic Toothbrush to remove plaque quickly and efficiently to reveal a cleaner, whiter smile. Floss comfortably between your teeth with best-selling Smart Floss® or our new Activated Charcoal Floss with it’s refreshing burst of lemongrass.

5. Oil pull. Oil pulling is the Ayurvedic practice of swishing or ‘pulling’ oil in your mouth for a period of time in order to pull toxins from the body. For full instructions and a visual on how to oil pull, check out this link.

6. Meditate. Find a comfortable seat on the floor or sit in a chair that you can routinely visit each morning around the same time. This routine will help encourage consistency in your meditation practice. 10 minutes or more of meditation each morning will help you de-stress, focus, and energize for whatever the day may bring.

What do you do during your morning routine? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!