This lichen looks like a moss and grows on trees in Europe and in the US and in other areas of the world. Usnea is great for treating inflamed mucus membranes of the bladder, urethra, lungs, throat, intestines, stomach, and reproductive tract. Usnea is also antifungal, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and also a good immune booster too. Works great for upper respiratory infections, colds, flues, bronchitis, and pneumonia… and also urinary tract infections. Usnea has been used in the treatment of cancer… plus the Native Americans used Usnea for treating open wounds and skin lesions. And some people use it for weight loss because it boost metabolism… but that has not been proven. This lichen does not change color throughout the year… and Usnea has a white center to the long string that runs the length of the lichen.
Paul Haider – Master Herbalist