Old Man’s Beard has a noticeable stretchy white cord that runs the length of each strand similar to a backbone. We use 6 times distilled muscadine vodka to break down and extract the powerful usnic acid. We have been taking a long-soak tincture with Usnea during this stressful time to benefit from its antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.
“Usnea is an extremely useful antimicrobial, both internally and externally, effective primarily on the lungs and skin. It is often used to treat bacterial, viral, and fungal infections. All of my resources really stress its antibacterial properties! It is reported to be an effective treatment for pneumonia, bronchitis, staph, strep, tuberculosis, and urinary tract infections. I have successfully used it to prevent and treat colds and flu. It boosts the immune system and can be used like echinacea. Usnea is that it has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.”
Usnea is good for supporting a healthy immune response in the respiratory tract and mucus membranes, healthy functions of the urinary system, and maintains a healthy microbial balance within the Urinary System.
What I love so much about Usnea is that it truly is one of the most powerful locally-sourced immune medicines to turn to when you’re starting to feel a cold or flu coming on. When taken at the onset of a cold or flu, when your immune system is working like crazy to respond, Usnea’s antibacterial properties disrupt the metabolic function of bacteria and prevent the bacteria from reproducing and making you sicker!
Usnea tincture is not recommended as preventative medicine, but rather as a medicine to be used when illness has already begun. Take a dropper full every four hours at the onset of a cough or cold. It is thought that Usnea stops bacteria from multiplying and thus shortening the duration and severity of the illness.
If you don’t like the taste, go ahead and add it to some hot tea or juice, or add it to a spoonful of honey.
Usnea has no known side effects but may be harmful in large doses. Don’t use excessively or over long periods of time.
Usnea Lichen Tincture
Our tinctures and extracts come in dark amber glass bottles with droppers under 8 oz (mist sprayers upon request). Keep the tincture in a dark, cool place. This has a shelf life of 1 to 2 years.