Gathering Usnea species lichen is a wonderful way to spend time outdoors. Old Man’s Beard has a noticeable stretchy white cord that runs the length of each strand similar to a backbone. We use a high-proof alcohol to break down and extract the powerful usnic acid.
We have been taking a long-soak tincture with Usnea during this stressful time to benefit from its antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties.
“Usnea is an extremely useful antimicrobial, both internally and externally, effective primarily on the lungs and skin. It is often used to treat bacterial, viral and fungal infections. All of my resources really stress its antibacterial properties! It is reported to be an effective treatment for pneumonia, bronchitis, staph, strep, tuberculosis and urinary tract infections. I have successfully used it to prevent and treat colds and flu. It boosts the immune system and can be used like echinacea. Another great thing about Usnea is that it has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. “
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