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Icelandic moss (Cetraria islandica)

Icelandic moss


expectorant, cough-relieving, strengthening

Areas of application:

Cough, whooping cough, dental disease, persistent diarrhea, general weakness, hoarseness, emaciation, old age, stomach irritation, poorly soluble catarrh, asthma, indigestion, cancer, lung disease, pneumonia, TB, croup, weakness of the lungs with night sweats, boils, pain for infectious diseases, silicosis, pulmonary emphysema, chronic bronchitis

Plant parts used:

the whole plant

Collection time:

April to October

To find:

The protected plant, which is not allowed to be collected here, is still found in many countries. Mostly in dry coniferous forests and heaths in northern Germany.


Lichenin, isolichenin, lichen acid, lichenic acid, usnic acid, centrarinin, vitamins A and B, trace elements


☕ Tea: Add 2 teaspoons of herb to 1/4 liter of cold water and heat to a boil. Strain immediately. 3 cups daily. If you have stomach problems, let the drug extract in cold water overnight and warm it just a little.

Icelandic moss is a species of lichen and is one of 17,000 species known worldwide that should occur in most ecosystems. The existence of lichens is threatened worldwide; the fluorine compounds and sulfur dioxide in the air make life difficult for them.

Dried and ground lichen is a flour substitute and can be used to bake bread. It is used as food in Nordic countries and is used to make porridge. It is important that the lichen comes from uncontaminated areas. Icelandic moss has proven to be a storage medium for cesium in nuclear accidents and is therefore many times more contaminated with nuclear waste than other plants. If you want to be on the safe side, you can order the moss from pharmacies.

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