Foraging In The Ozarks – Medicinal Usnea

UsneaUsnea grows all over the world but do not grow in areas where there is a lot of air pollution.  It is a lichen (an algae fungus combination) and it is antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-fungal.

Common Uses:

  • Help with staph infections
  • Heal wounds
  • Respiratory issues
  • Allergy symptoms
  • Sore throat
  • Fungal infections such as Candida
  • Urinary infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Vaginal infections

Usnea can be found on the tree branches of conifers, oak, hickory, walnut, and apple trees.  You do not want to harvest Usnea off the trees directly since they grow slowly.  Most people will wait until after a storm and harvest them off of branches that have fallen on the ground.  It can be confused with Reindeer Moss.

To learn about making an Usnea tinture click on this article called “Medicinal Benefits of Usnea“.  For more about Usnea and how to identify it, click on the video below from Living Traditions Homestead.

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