Iceland Moss has been known to the people of Iceland, Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden since the olden days. It has traditionally been used as a remedy for disorders of the respiratory system.
The Iceland moss is a lichen found in the rocks and tree barks of Iceland and the Scandinavian countries. The Iceland moss is made up of a fungal component and an algal component, both of which exist together in a symbiotic association. It usually grows to a maximum of four inches in height. The plant body of the Iceland moss is curled, erect, and is laden with numerous branches & unique spiny margins. The upper surface of the Iceland moss is colored brown while the lower or the outer surface is normally gray brown with distinctive white spots all over it.
The active constituent of the Iceland moss is the lichenin, a type of starch. It also has complex polysaccharides that have immunostimulant effects. The mucous membrane-clearing property of the lichenin is released by making Iceland moss tea.
The tea is usually made by placing a teaspoon of the dried Iceland moss herbs in boiling water. Let the mix boil for about three minutes. Then take it out of the fire and let it stand for a further ten minutes. Two cups of Iceland moss tea may be taken during the day, preferably one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
The following are the health benefits attributed to Iceland moss tea:
- May help prevent congestion and brings soothing relief to the mucous membranes lining the chest cavity.
- May help in the treatment of cough, bronchitis, catarrh and even tuberculosis.
- May help combat many digestive ailments, including irritable bowel movement, gastritis and dysentery.
- May help in the treatment of cancer growth and tumors.
- May aid in fighting infestation of intestinal worms.