Iceland Moss (Cetraria islandica)


IcelandMoss (Cetraria islandica)


IcelandMoss is a colored lichen with a fallacious erect nature that makes itappear like a moss. Traditionally, the Iceland Moss was used as amedicinal herb and making some traditional dishes as well.Historically, the Iceland Moss has been used for the treatment offood poisoning and healing of wounds (Christopher, 2010). Inaddition, Iceland moss was an important element of TraditionalChinese Medicine, TCM as it was used for the treatment of severaldiseases (Fetrow and Avila, 2000). Moreover, the herb was used apart of their nutritional additive to food, especially in the arcticand mountainous northern countries.

Inthe traditional medicine, Iceland Moss was considered to be a strongantibiotic. The use of Iceland Moss as a medicinal herb in theChinese Traditional Medicine, was as valuable to the ancient China asit was to the people in Iceland (Fetrow and Avila, 2000). In Europe,Iceland Moss was used as a curative herb for cancer and repeatedwounds, as an antibiotic. From the regions of Ireland and Denmark,the herb was recommended for treating digestive problems,tuberculosis and chronic diarrhea (Christopher, 2010). It was alsoused as a galactagogue, as a way of Iceland Mossproving the flow ofbreast milk. The Germans also used the herb for treatinginflammations, appetite loss, coughs and also as an antioxidant.

Inmodern day, the Iceland Moss is used as a natural remedy for avariety of health conditions. According to Grieve and Marshall(1982), the herb is considered to be a safe medicinal remedy since itwas used for centuries in the traditional medicine. In the 19thcentury, the herb was used as a remedy for flu in combination withsweeteners like sugar (Fetrow and Avila, 2000). The herb is alsoused as an ingredient in toothpastes and as a baking ingredient.


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