Old Mans Beard, Papas Beard
Usnea is a lichen and a powerful antibiotic. It is found all across the world. Usually found on dead or dying trees, usnea tells the story of the health of the tree it lives on. It is a pale green to light grey in color.
At Home- You can steep Usnea in hot water and drink 3-4 cupfuls a day to cure strep throat. Usnea is also recommended for upper respiratory infections as well as pneumonia.
In the Wild- You can use Usnea to heal open wounds. Crush
the lichen into a workable form and lay across the wound or, if the wound is
deep, place in water and steep for as long as possible to leach out the
properties. Pour the liquid onto wound. Usnea has rapid healing abilities and will
help prevent the wound from getting infected.
Contraindicated for Pregnancy
For strep throat-Steep Â½ ounce of herb to 6 ounces of water. Mix lemon and honey. Drink 1, 4ounce cupful 2-3 times a day.
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*For educational purposes only. Always discuss with your doctor when starting an herbal regimen.