Sea Moss was most famously used by the Irish in the 19th century during the Irish Potato Famine of 1846-1848, hence the term ‘Irish Moss’. Because of the many health benefits of this incredible seaweed, an entire population of starving families was able to survive on Sea Moss and water until food became available. It was enough to nourish and protect them against starvation and death.
According to ancient Irish folklore, Irish Moss was carried on trips for protection and safety and placed beneath rugs to increase luck and to ensure a steady flow of money into the house or pockets of the person. Irish Moss was also used widely in the treatment of tuberculosis and pneumonia.
Sea moss grows in abundance in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. The common misconception is that sea moss from certain parts of the world is better than others (i.e. Ireland or the Caribbean). The only significant factor for quality Irish Sea Moss is the cleanliness of the water that it grows in and the process of harvest, regardless of what part of the world it is grown:
Quality sea moss is naturally harvested vs. pool-grown in the cleanest seas that have no pollution or ports for industrial or commercial use, whatsoever. It should not be bleached or tampered with, but simply dried after harvesting from the sea, tested for metals, packaged, and shipped straight to your door. In order to grow under optimal temperatures, sea moss should preferably be grown in tropical climates in coastal areas for maximum nutritional value. Undisturbed waters ensure a clean sea vegetable intact with all the essential nutrients and minerals that make Irish Sea Moss an incredible superfood.
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