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Usnea, Oak Moss Remedy

UsneaUsnea barbata
Other names: Oak Moss, Old Man’s Beard, Beard Moss, Usnea barbata.  
Traditional Usages: Acute bacterial infections: Bronchitis, Pneumonia, Sinus infections, Pleurisy.  Urinary tract infections, Digestive infections, Athlete’s foot, Ringworm, Skin Infections, Abscesses, Lung infections, Vaginal infections and Fungal infections.
Resources: Worldwide
Herb Actions: Anti-bacterial, Anti-fungal, Antiseptic, Antitumor, Anti-inflammatory
Health warning: Avoid if pregnant or breastfeeding
Usnea contains lichen acids, particularly usnic acid which is effective against gram positive bacteria.  Examples of these fast-growing bacteria are: Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and Pneumococcus. 
Usnea can be used internally as an anti-fungal and as a douche for yeast infections. Powdered or whole, dried or fresh, usnea can also be eaten or used in a tea. Infusions and decoctions can be used to treat inflammations of the mouth and pharynx.

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