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MnE 25 Usnea

Postby froglevel » Mon Sep 23, 2013 5:50 pm

Usnea – a natural antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. If there is one herb people should know how to find and use it’s this one.

Survival view - http://www.codylundin.com/wordpress/jan ... -herb-tip/

Scientific view - http://earthmedicineinstitute.com/more/ ... usnea-spp/

Herbal medicine view - http://www.susunweed.com/An_Article_wisewoman3d.htm

I’ve dried and stored usnea for wound poultices, pic one. I’ve also tinctured it for external and internal use, pic two.

I find it on old fence posts and many different hardwoods. Pics 3 & 4

I also discovered something interesting. Around here it seems to like water oaks with long horizontal limbs. The power company came through cutting the right away. While they had the boom truck there I asked them to trim a few limbs from and old water oak.

Each limb had lots of Usnea on the upper side. From the ground I can’t see any usnea in the tree but it’s there. I used a ladder and checked. I noticed the old tree had another form of lichen on the trunk. pic 5

I started looking for old trees with any kind of lichen. When I found one I’d use a ladder and check the upper surfaces of some limbs. Usnea wasn’t always there but many times it was. The logic being, if a tree has the right growing conditions one lichen why not others. :)

Identity - There are several hundred species of Usnea worldwide. They are all used the same. The easiest way to know the plant is pull apart one of the bigger stems. It will have a white core. If it's not white it's not Usnea.
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The red spots is another lichen called "British Soldier"
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Re: MnE 25 Usnea

Postby lovie_5 » Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:47 pm

Here in east Tenn, my Usnea looks like your variety. I am learning as much as I can about it right now. Our property has lots of woods on it with a lot of old trees of all kinds some are dead. But I don't find a huge amount of Usnea.
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Re: MnE 25 Usnea

Postby froglevel » Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:40 pm

Used to live in e. TN (work), south of you now on the farm. I've many more plants I could post but almost all are isolated to the SE. Post some plants in the se section we'll figure them out!

Here is an E. TN site about lichens, has 3 species of Usnea.

http://www.easttennesseewildflowers.com ... hp/lichens
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Re: MnE 25 Usnea

Postby lovie_5 » Mon Sep 23, 2013 9:53 pm

I really enjoy all your posts. I'll check the link you sent. I am learning everything I can. I have some usnea tincture brewing that I started months ago. Took me a while to gather enough to fill a pint jar. As many trees as we have (dead and livng) I can't figure out why I have such a small supply. Was at a friend's house and her trees are covered! Spring before last I ordered some Goldenseal from Sandy Mush Herb Nursery that I planted in my woods hoping it naturalizes. Last time I checked, it was doing well. I love this kind of stuff!
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Re: MnE 25 Usnea

Postby froglevel » Tue Sep 24, 2013 9:09 pm

I thought I should post this, don't know why they weren't coming up on previous searches.

The first is a list of usnea species in N. America. I don't know if it's a complete list. but there are 2 I recognize.

http://lichens.digitalmycology.com/macr ... Usnea.html

The next is a good general description of use and tincture. Wish I understood this hot/cold thing. :(

http://bearmedicineherbals.com/usnea-he ... orest.html
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Re: MnE 25 Usnea

Postby lovie_5 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:47 pm

I really don't get the hot/cold thing either.
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Re: MnE 25 Usnea

Postby arkieready » Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:31 am

That heat/cool thing is ayerveda stuff. Pretty sure, anyway.
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