Icelandic Moss -- Cetraria islandica -- is a lichen.
Lichens consist of algae and fungus growing together in a mutually helpful relationship.
Icelandic moss is rich in calcium, iodine, potassium, phosphorous, and vitamins.
Lichens draw their nutrients from the environment and are easily contaminated. They grow well in Iceland because it is one of the least polluted countries in the world. Most of the lichens in Europe were contaminated by the fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident, but Iceland received much less radioactivity, and the lichens were relatively safe.
Icelandic Moss is used for treating irritation of the mouth and throat, loss of appetite, common cold, dry cough, bronchitis, indigestion, fevers, lung disease, kidney and bladder complaints, and the tendency toward infection.
Some people apply Icelandic Moss directly to poorly healing wounds.
In foods, Icelandic Moss is used as an emergency food source in Iceland.
In manufacturing, Icelandic Moss is used as a flavoring in alcoholic beverages.
Icelandic Moss seems to have a soothing action. It might also reduce the growth of bacteria.
Loss of appetite
Kidney and bladder problems
Irritation or swelling (inflammation) of the mouth or throat
Wound healing, when applied to the skin
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Icelandic Moss for these uses.
Icelandic Moss has both a demulcent and a bitter tonic effect, a combination that is most unique in medicinal herbs. Therefore, it is of value for all types of chronic digestive problems, including irritable bowel syndrome, as well as for all types of coughs and inflammations of the mouth and pharynx. It soothes the mucous membranes of the chest, counters congestion, and calms dry and paroxysmal coughs, which is particularly helpful in the elderly.
It is used externally on poorly healing wounds.
In homeopathic medicine, it is used to treat bronchitis.
It also has shown to expel worms and could prove useful for certain digestive infections caused by parasites.
Please Google to find everything that Icelandic Moss is good for. You'll be amazed.
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