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Herb Information
Name: Iceland Moss
Biological Name: Cetraria islandica

Parmeliaceae

Other Names: Iceland Moss
Parts Used: The entire plant. It is a lichen.
Active Compounds:
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Lichen acids (depsidones); mainly fumarprotocetraric, protocetraric, cetraric, protolichesteric, lichesteric and usnic acids.

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Polysaccharides, about 50%; mainly lichenin and isolichenin

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Miscellaneous; furan derivatives, fatty acid lactones and terpenes.

Remedies For

Demulcent, anti-inflammatory, anti-emetic, expectorant.

As a soothing demulcent with its high mucilage content, Iceland Moss is used in the treatment of gastritis, vomiting and dyspepsia. It is often used in respiratory catarrh and bronchitis, soothing mucous membranes. Its nourishing qualities contribute to the treatment of cachexia, a state of malnourishment & debility.

Combinations: For the treatment or nausea and vomiting, it can be combined with Black Horehound.

Dosage: 

Decoction: Put 1 teaspoonful of the shredded moss in a cup of cold water, boil for 3 minutes and let stand for 10 minutes. A cup should be drunk morning and evening.

Tincture: Take 1-2 ml of the tincture three times a day.

Safety:

No information available. Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.

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