Usnea / Old Man's Beard (usnea spp.)
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ALSO KNOWN AS: usnea lichen, old man’s beard, tree moss, beard moss
PLANT FAMILY: Usneaceae
PART(S) USED: The dried thallus or lichen strands of collected plants
OVERVIEW: Usnea is a type of lichen that grows on trees. Though lichens appear to be single plants, they are really a combination of fungus and algae that grow together for their mutual benefit. Usnea grows on old trees in cool, damp forests and is abundant throughout most parts of the Northwest.
The various species of usnea are hard to distinguish but have equivalent uses.
TRADITIONAL USES: Traditionally, usnea has been used for weight loss, pain, fever, and wound healing, and to loosen phlegm. It has also been used directly on the skin for sore throat and for athlete's foot. Usnea contains zinc sulfate and usnic acid.
STORAGE: Keep dry. Store in an airtight container in a dry cupboard away from light.
PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS:
- Use at your own risk.
Always consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have an existing medical condition, have allergies, or are on any medications.
WARNING: This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.