Iceland Moss is a strange and fun herb – your kids will love it! It’s actually a lichen, not really a moss, and it has special mucilage properties, meaning that it will go slimy when in contact with water. This makes it excellent for our wet organs, like lungs, digestive health, sinuses – and it’s great to help you recover from illnesses.DIp it in cold water, take a sip and enjoy its wonderful benefits:
Coughs, Colds & Bronchitis
Powered by a special kind of starch known as lichenin as well as antibiotic and antiviral acids, Iceland Moss is one of nature’s strongest cures for all respiratory ailments – from the common cold to more complex lung diseases.
When boiled, lichenin turns into a jelly-like substance that soothes irritation in the respiratory tract and nasal passages, making it especially useful for combating mucous membrane inflammation and calming dry cough .
The Committee on Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPC) concluded that, “on the basis of its long-standing use, Iceland moss preparations can be used as a demulcent (soothing agent) for treating mouth and throat irritation and associated dry cough.”
The American Botanical Council has also noted its use for patients with pharyngitis, laryngitis, or bronchial ailments with an 86% sucess rate in a 1997 study.
Iceland Moss, just like Dandelion, Burdock, Gentian, or Angelica belongs to bitter herbs, a class known for helping proper digestion and functioning of the digestive system through stimulating digestive enzymes. Eaten as a staple food in Iceland for centuries, this resilient herb enhances the body’s ability to absorb nutrients while also being highly nutritious itself.
The plant’s anti-inflammatory properties can work wonders in the stomach as well, which makes it a common aid in alleviating symptoms of gastritis, gastric ulcers and chronic digestive disturbances.
Due to its ability to gently expel intestinal worms and other parasites, Iceland moss is useful in treating digestive disorders caused by parasites.
With its antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, this plant is of great use as an immunity booster. Iceland moss boiled in milk is a traditional beverage from the plant’s native region, and is still prepared today as a tonic for people recovering from illnesses.