USNEA (Usnea barbata) aka - Beard Lichen, Old Man’s Beard
Usnea, or “Old Man’s Beard,” hangs in gray-green strands from pines, oaks, Douglas fir, apple trees, and other fruit trees in orchards and forests throughout the northern hemisphere and was, due to its appearance, used as a specific treatment for the hair and scalp. Usnea is used both internally and externally for fungus infections and for viral and bacterial infections. It is excellent in combination with Echinacea or Oregon Grape for use as a general herbal anti-biotic and anti-fungal. Usnea is good for the treatment of pneumonia, tuberculosis, lupus, internal infections, strep, staph, Trichomoniasis and infected wounds. These medicinal qualities are due to lichen acid, particularly Usinic Acid. As with all herbal medicines, it is best to start with a low dose and slowly work up to a full therapeutic or nutritional dose.
PLEASE NOTE: Nursing mothers should strictly avoid this herb.
- Primary Uses: Here are just a few of the maladies that Usnea can provide relief for: • Athlete’s foot/Fungal Infections • Bronchitis/Pleurisy/Pneumonia • Respiratory Tract Infections • Sinus infections/Strep throat/Colds/Flu • Trichomoniasis • Tuberculosis • Urinary Tract Infections • Wounds