Have you ever been walking through a wooded area, or just maybe looking up in the treetops on your own piece of land or the national forest and noticed some green fuzzy looking plant growing on the branches? Sometimes in little, small plants and sometimes in great long hanging bunches. This is a lichen moss, and it is called usnea. Usnea is a usable plant that can be added to your home pharmacy/apothecary. Sometimes you can find this herb lying about the ground after very windy days and on downed branches that came loose in the winds.
If you are all about natural medicine, this is one plant you do not want to miss out on collecting. It grows all over the world and can be found during any season, although easier to spot when the trees are void of all their leaves. It is as if mother earth knew when you would need it most because late fall through winter and into early spring is the usual times when most folks will be battling illness. This is when the leaves are gone from the trees and the usnea is easiest to spot. Pick up the usnea or pull it off the tree branches and take it home to dry it. It can be dehydrated and dried over a heating source, or in the sun. “Against certain bacteria, usnic acid is stronger than the antibiotic penicillin.”
It has been proven to be effective at staph and strep infections even! Pneumonia cannot even stand up to this powerful natural medicine. If you have athletes’ foot, then steeping a cup of this herb in 2 cups of olive oil for 4 weeks can result in a medicinal oil that can be applied to the problem areas. In fact, this can be done with all herbs that have external uses and antiviral properties. If you want to really get the medicine to work for you, as powerful as mother nature intended, just steep a cup of usnea in 2 cups of 80-100 proof clear alcohol, such as ever clear or non-GMO vodka, for about 4 weeks, strain and jar it. This is called a tincture and will result in a very potent medicine.
Soon after I followed suit with a nice sinus infection. I used 1 tsp. of usnea steeped in a cup of boiling water. For a nicer flavor, I added a tsp. of peppermint from the garden. Cover your medicine infusion and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. I added honey after straining for taste and they drank 2 cups a day for about 3 days and saw much improvement. After 1 week we were all on the climb to the top and not long after we were all healed completely. All that with no modern-day prescriptions or doctors of any kind. Fevers went away quickly. Usnea is known to be a very powerful antibiotic. It is also a powerful antiviral and antibacterial herb.
It has been proven to be effective at staph and strep infections even! Pneumonia cannot even stand up to this powerful natural medicine. If you have “athletes’ foot”, them steeping a cup of this herb in 2 cups of olive oil for 4 weeks can result in a medicinal oil that can be applied to the problem areas. In fact, this can be done with all herbs that have external uses. If you want to really get the medicine to work for you as powerful as mother nature intended just steep a cup of usnea in 2 cups of 80-100 proof clear alcohol, such as ever clear or vodka, for about 2 weeks, strain and jar it. This is called a tincture and will result in a very potent medicine.
Using a teaspoon, you can add about 4 teaspoons of the usnea tincture to a tea or juice and drink a few times a day, when needed. A medicine, made this way, will result in a much faster healing time and better use of your precious herb. On my home apothecary shelves, you can see usnea in a jar, usnea tincture, and usnea oil. You can see this with just about as many herbs as I can fit on the shelves, in fact! We are talking about free medicine folks. Medicine with no side effects and with greater power and deeper history than any modern-day synthetic medicines.
It is the season of joy, the season of love and compassion, of health. But it is also the season of the flu and viruses and such, be ready in case you or a family member needs some medicine.
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