Iceland Moss - 50g
Iceland Moss is comparable to seaweed in many ways. It has been used in Iceland for centuries and considered extremely healthy. The plant is common around the country, both in the highlands and lowlands. Its appearance can vary greatly. The body of the plant is curled, erect and highly branched, with spiny edges. Iceland Moss has many natural medicinal qualities.
For centuries, this lichen was known as a remedy for many types of respiratory conditions. This plant contains large amounts of a starch called lichenin. When it is boiled Iceland Moss forms a mucilage-like substance that soothes irritated mucous membranes of the respiratory tract. It also contains bitters, which is an appetite stimulant and has demulcent and decongestant properties. This plant is high in carbohydrates and is eaten as a food. Cetraria islandica was used in Scandinavia as a famine food and also as a bread additive. In Iceland it was part of dayly food.
Iceland Moss Uses
Iceland Moss works well to soothe mucous membranes in the chest and helps reduce congestion. It also soothes a dry cough. This plant works well in treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It gently expels worms and is useful in certain digestive infections. Iceland Moss is also helpful in the treatment of gastritis, vomiting and dyspepsia, respiratory catarrh and bronchitis. It is useful as a tonic for convalescents and cachexia, a state of malnourishment and debility, because it helps stimulate the appetite and provides high nutritional value.