When would you suggest the best time of year to harvest Usnea?
dear rosalee,another well done article! i have often found usnea on nature walks, however, i have never tinctured it... now i will do so asap! thanks for your inspiration. ygg! susan belsinger
Thank you Rosalee. I've had my eye on Usnea while foraging in the forests, but did not feel that it was time to introduce it in my studies....physically. Be well / Lynn
It can be harvested at any time of year. Best to find it after a windstorm has blown down branches.
Such a great herb, this one...I didn't realize how amazing Usnea was until I moved to the Pacific Northwest, and got to see it decorating the forests with it's beautiful olive green frilliness. Thanks for sharing!!
I didn't see mention of it, so I'm assuming usnea is safe for breastfeeding, just not pregnancy...?
The safety of Usnea hasn't been confirmed for pregnancy or during breast feeding. So, essentially, we don't know.
Thank you for the post. I recently saw this recipe for Usnea Fire Cider. As you point out it is not particularly water soluble so you could use usnea tincture in place of the usnea herb. Usnea Fire Cider1/4 cup chopped garlic1/4 cup chopped ginger1/4 cup finely shredded usnea1/4 cup chopped thyme2 TBSP dried chilli flakes2 cups apple cider vinegar1/2 cup local honey To make fire cider place garlic, ginger, usnea, thyme, and chilli flakes in a quart jar.Fill jar 3/4 way with apple cider vinegarTop jar off with honeyShake well and let sit for 2 days or more.
I have a dear friend who has sarcadosis of the lungs. He cannot use alcohol. Is there a way to prepare usnea for him ?
I'm sorry I don't have experience using usnea in a non-alcohol preparation. I assume it can be done, I just can't offer any relevant experience. Good luck in your search.
I am starting using a tincture of UVA URSI for a beginning urinary infection. First is this made from usnea. Second, This is my 3rd one since turning 50(56 now) and never had one before. I don't want to use prescription antibiotics so close to my last infection, ~ 11/2 months ago. I was wondering if there are maintenance herbs I can take for a while after the UVA URSI to keep my urinary track and bladder stable. Learning so much from your emails and blogs!
Well, not knowing anything about you I can't really offer advice. There are so many things to consider when choosing herbs from personal energetics to understanding causes to herb/drug interactions. That's why I don't offer advice unless I've done a complete history with someone. That being said, I used to get UTI infections frequently and I feel that after drinking a lot of nettle nourishing infusions they stopped occurring. Frequent UTIs could also be attributed to insulin resistance. I'm glad you are finding my blog and emails helpful. I'm sorry I can't give more specific advice, I just don't feel like that is ethical since I don't really know you.
Thanks Rosalee, this is a great blog, thanks for the information.I was wondering how would a person with herpes use the Usnea tincture (found online and in herbal stores)and for how long, and what would be the recommended dosage?Thank youCarmen.
I haven't used usnea for herpes so I couldn't offer any experience with that. The dosage amounts in the article should apply though. You may find this article I've written about herpes to be helpful. http://www.herbalremediesadvice.org/cold-sore-remedies.html
I am trying to make a tincture using the directions from Steven Buhner in your blog. I just received my order of usnea from Mountain Rose Herbs. It is a one ounce bag. According to Steven with a 1:5 ratio, for one ounce of usnea I should use 2 1/2 ounces of water and 2 1/2 ounces of pure grain alcohol. The problem is, one ounce of usnea is about 3 1/2 cups (or a very firmly packed 2 cups). This doesn't seem right.
A friend of mine has a fungal infection from a surgery scar--how could usnea be used here--topically or orally in a tincture? How would one make a topical salve using usnea?
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