Health Benefits Of Usnea Moss
Usnea has been used for over 3,000 years in Egypt, China, and Greece, and is also known as Usnea Barbata. Other names include Beard lichen, woman’s long hair, old man’s beard, Mousse D Arbre, Beard Moss, oakmoss, Usnea Barbata, Songluo (in Chinese), Usnea Hirta, Usnea Florida, Usnea Lichen, tree’s dandruff, and tree moss.
This powerful healing agent grows on live pine trees and even dead trunks in damp areas. It may look similar to oak tree moss, but it’s different. It commonly grows in North America, Asia, and Europe.
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Usnea contains Unic acid which kills gram-positive bacteria and stops oxidative phosphorylation in bacteria. It doesn’t harm most of the body’s natural probiotics, making it nourish our microbial digestive bacteria even more. It also kills Staphylococcus simulans and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria which are very difficult to get rid of.
Besides being antibacterial, Usnea is also an amazing antiviral and antifungal agent. It can be taken internally and used topically for infections. Usnea is popular for treating oral and respiratory infections such as strep throat, sinusitis, and bronchitis. Additionally, it works well for vaginal yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis and chlamydia, and kidney, bladder and urethra infections.
You can use Usnea to speed up healing of wounds, boils, and acne. It also works well for pain, swelling, and redness which are all parts of inflammation.
Usnea has a bitter taste. Bitter herbs soothe the GI tract and improve digestion, so it is great for those who overeat and suffer from indigestion. If you come down with a cold or the flu it’s very important to take Usnea to shorten the duration. And it helps to get rid of excess mucous. Usnea also helps with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Herpes, other immune-depressed health challenges, ringworm, Athlete’s Foot, and Mastitis.
Different forms of Usnea Moss
Usnea can be used as powders, capsules, teas, tinctures, creams, and ointments. It can also be found in commercial cosmetics, feminine napkins, baby diapers, skin creams, and deodorants to kill bacteria.
If you want to create your own tincture:
- Take 1 ounce of Usnea and chop it up very fine. Place in a small stainless pot and 4 oz of filtered water.
- Bring to a boil and immediately place on simmer until the half the liquid has evaporated.
- Then let cool completely and add 2.5 oz of vodka.
- Place it in an 8 oz jar and shake daily for 30 days.
- Then remove the Usnea and place in dropper bottles.
For creams, you can take 1 part of the tincture and add it to 5 parts of any over-the-counter natural face cream.
Take one dropper full of the tincture 2 to 3 times a day for no more than 7 to 10 days. For topical use take the tincture and dilute in half with water and dab on the infected area.
Usnea is a great addition to your herbal medicine cabinet. Try it and see the health benefits yourself!
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