Iceland Moss Herbal Remedies
Iceland moss is a demulcent herb with nutritive, antibiotic, and expectorant properties. A traditional cough remedy and expectorant, it is often used for respiratory tract ailments such as bronchitis, asthma, colds, and laryngitis. A highly effective herb for respiratory infections with thick yellow mucus because of its cooling and mucus-cutting nature. It has a bitter principle which causes the secretion of gastric juices and is used for loss of appetite. Iceland moss is said to promote the flow of milk. It has been proven to have strong antibacterial activity because of the lichen acids it contains. Iceland Moss has a taste of ACRID, SWEET and a temperature of COOL.
Iceland Moss Proper Dose
|Iceland Moss Decoction||1 cup 2-3 x daily|
|Iceland Moss Tincture||2 droppersful 2-3 x daily|
Iceland Moss Reference Information
|Latin Name||Cetraria islandica|
|Other Names||Lichen islandicus|
|Herb Forms||Tincture, bulk herb, powder.|
|Affects||Immune system, Respiratory system, Urinary system|
|Cautions||The dried powder can causes throat irritation if inhaled. Both the tincture and powder are contraindicated in gastro-duodenal ulcers.|
|Botanical Info||An gray-green lichen with a forked, chestnut- brown thallus (often reddish at the base); epiphytic on trees.|
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