Friday, November 8, 2013

Usnea: A Powerful Herb for Infections





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16 comments:

Riverbank Babble said...

When would you suggest the best time of year to harvest Usnea?

susan belsinger said...

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

Lynn said...

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

Rosalee de la Forêt said...

It can be harvested at any time of year. Best to find it after a windstorm has blown down branches.

Celia said...

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!!

eliralim said...

I didn't see mention of it, so I'm assuming usnea is safe for breastfeeding, just not pregnancy...?

Rosalee de la Forêt said...

The safety of Usnea hasn't been confirmed for pregnancy or during breast feeding. So, essentially, we don't know.

Galen's Watch said...

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 Cider
1/4 cup chopped garlic
1/4 cup chopped ginger
1/4 cup finely shredded usnea
1/4 cup chopped thyme
2 TBSP dried chilli flakes
2 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2 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 vinegar
Top jar off with honey
Shake well and let sit for 2 days or more.

Gumbootmama said...

I have a dear friend who has sarcadosis of the lungs.
He cannot use alcohol.
Is there a way to prepare usnea for him ?

Rosalee de la Forêt said...

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.

txagsw said...

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!

Rosalee de la Forêt said...

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.

Tauro said...

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 you
Carmen.

Rosalee de la Forêt said...

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

Randy and Kathy Furman said...

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.

reneofc said...

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?