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Irish Moss Plants – Growing Irish Moss In the Garden

By Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden

Irish moss plants are versatile little plants that can add a touch of elegance to your landscape. Growing Irish moss fills a range of garden needs. It is simple to learn how to grow Irish moss. This article can help.


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A perfectly mulched bed is surplus to requirements for ambitious plants that will set seed anywhere. In this friendly, moist environment, colonization of walls and steps by weeds and wind-blown crops is proof of the futility of too much nannying. Though foxgloves and poppies tend to put themselves into walls, it is possible to help things along by pushing in plugs. Alpine plants such as saxifrage and sempervivum will enjoy the crumbly drainage of a wall.


How to Make Moss Graffiti

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Creating living, breathing moss graffiti is an eco-friendly and exciting way to make art! Also called eco-graffiti or green graffiti, moss graffiti replaces spray paint, paint-markers or other such toxic chemicals. You can create outdoor moss graffiti on concrete, stone, or brick walls. Just don’t graffiti walls that you don’t own because doing so is illegal, even if it’s just moss. You’ll need to know how to mix the moss paint, apply it, and take care of it so your moss art can grow and thrive.


Conclusion

To answer the question “Is Irish moss safe for dogs”, yes Irish moss is safe for dogs, and your dog can eat Irish moss! It is a natural source of dietary fiber, minerals, Vitamin K, calcium, copper, fiber and much more.

Irish moss makes a good add into nutritious broths and other popular dog food recipe which makes it a very healthy addition to his diet in moderation.

Moderation is key as too much of anything is not good, including Irish moss, which is why this article also shows you the right way to use them.


The controversy

It should be noted that there is some controversy surrounding carrageenan, a food additive derived from Irish moss. Carrageenan is the industry term for polysaccharides extracted from the moss and used as a thickening/gelling agent or an emulsifier in processed foods such as ice cream, cheese, deli meats, protein drinks, non-dairy milk, and kinds of toothpaste. Some studies on the long-term effects of carrageenan consumption on humans have found potential links with inflammation and digestive issues, while others have found there to be no risks associated with its consumption.

The extraction methods for carrageenan involve extensive heating and processing, and the resulting additive contains little of the same nutritional benefits as pure carrageen. So, while you may wish to avoid carrageenan as an ingredient in processed foods, pure, unprocessed Irish moss is not believed to pose any of the same potential harm.

Regardless, you can still get the external benefits of Irish moss by whipping up a batch of this lotion fit for a mermaid.

Irish moss seaweed lotion, by Janice Cox, author of "Natural Beauty at Home"

  • 1 tablespoon powdered Irish moss
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • ¼ cup aloe vera gel
  • 2 tablespoons almond oil

1. Soak Irish moss in distilled water for 20 minutes. Pour mixture into a small saucepan and boil for 20 minutes. Strain off solids you will have a clear jelly.

2. Measure ¼ cup of the seaweed jelly, then mix it with the aloe vera gel. Let the mixture cool completely.

3. Pour seaweed mixture into a blender and blend on low speed slowly add the almond oil in a thin stream until blended. You will have a light, white lotion.

4. Pour lotion into a clean container. To use, massage a small amount into your skin.

Have you ever used or eaten Irish moss? Let us know in the comments!

* Originally published in May 2014.