Iceland Moss

What other names is Iceland Moss known by?

Centraria, Cetraria islandica, Eryngo-leaved Liverwort, Iceland Lichen, Lichen d'Islande, Lichen Islandicus, Liquen de Islandia, Mousse d'Islande, Musgo de Islandia.

What is Iceland Moss?

Iceland moss is a lichen. Lichens consist of algae and fungus growing together in a mutually helpful relationship. Lichens draw their nutrients from the environment and are easily contaminated. They grow well in Iceland because it is one of the least polluted countries in the world. Most of the lichens in Europe were contaminated by the fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident, but Iceland received much less radioactivity, and the lichens were relatively safe.

Iceland moss is used for treating irritation of the mouth and throat, loss of appetite, common cold, dry cough, bronchitis, indigestion, fevers, lung disease, kidney and bladder complaints, and the tendency toward infection.

Some people apply Iceland moss directly to poorly healing wounds.

In foods, Iceland moss is used as an emergency food source in Iceland.

In manufacturing, Iceland moss is used as a flavoring in alcoholic beverages.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Dry cough.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Common cold.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Indigestion.
  • Fevers.
  • Lung disease.
  • Kidney and bladder problems.
  • Irritation or swelling (inflammation) of the mouth or throat.
  • Wound healing, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of Iceland moss for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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