ABOUT ICELAND MOSS (CETRARIA ISLANDICA)
When collecting pine buds, you can stumble upon the Iceland moss (Cetraria islandica L.). Commonly found in the midst of lichens and other mosses, Iceland moss looks greener. It has rough "horns", so people often call it reindeer moss. Actually Iceland moss is a lichen, but it has the appearance of a moss, that’s why it’s called a moss. Another characteristic feature of Iceland moss is a red “leg”.
HOW TO USE ICELAND MOSS
Iceland moss is one of the strongest natural antibiotics. It contains oleic acid, which kills bacteria. If you dry and grind Iceland moss, its powder can be used for the treatment of purulent wounds. A decoction of the plant is bitter. But it’s worth enduring the bitterness, as it helps to treat purulent inflammation of the kidneys, bladder, flu, bronchitis, furunculosis, and other purulent inflammations.
TINCTURES, REMEDIES and RECIPES from ICELAND MOSS
ICELAND MOSS DECOCTION 1
Pour one teaspoon of chopped leaves with a glass of cold water and boil for 2-3 minutes. Drink 1 sip every 3 hours during the day.
It is said that this decoction was used to treat tuberculosis in ancient times.
ICELAND MOSS DECOCTION 2
Pour30 grams of chopped leaves with 750 milli grams of water,simmer for half an hour.Drink half a cup6 times a day.
Taking large amounts of decoction or its concentrated kind often leads to diarrhea. Just lower the dose and this side effect will decrease.
Alder cones (Alnus glutinoza L.) decoction will also help to decrease the diarrhea.
ALDER CONES DECOCTION
Pour 1 tablespoon of cones with a glass of water and boil for 10 minutes. Take the decoction internally when needed.
It should be noted that it’s not always necessary to strive to stop the diarrhea. Diarrhea may be a protective response of the body. This process is necessary for the body to clean it from harmful or redundant substances. Water and food, taken in large amounts, can also cause diarrhea. But it’s only a defensive response to overeating or over-drinking.