It’s Raining Usnea

Here is a remarkable plant available right now in April. I found it all over the ground at the AB Tech campus in Candler, NC outside Asheville, NC.

Usnea is also called Old Man’s Beard and you can find goofy pictures on the internet of guys using it literally for a beard. The genus species name is Usnea barbata or barbata bradovea. The plant is actually a combination of lichen and algae. But here are the amazing medicinal qualities of this “medicine from the earth”: the usneic acid is natural antibiotic and has been used successfully to treat staph infections. Usnea stops bleeding and you can collect and dry the plant and use like gauze to treat superficial wounds. I plan to use this in my “emergency and first aid kit” herbal remedy cabinet, a class I will be teaching in Asheville at the FireFly Gathering in June 20 -23rd http://fireflygathering.org/

Usnea is also a bitter that sustains digestion, is used to help those who stop smoking for the hacking from the lungs. Usnea can be made into an extract and tinctured to put onto gauze and treat wounds. With all the problems developing from overuse of antibiotics in both human and animal medicine, with using antibiotics too freely in food animals not to treat illness but to just increase growth production for profits, we are now in a very bad place due to antibiotics resistance development and super germs coming forward from these poor practices.

Use of antibiotics is also harming our soils microorganisms as well as the needed beneficial bugs or good bacteria (probiotics) we need in our own gastrointestinal tracts for a healthy immune system mental health, and nutritional assimilation. The generations of these super germs as well as the introduction of genetically engineered foods, medicines and vaccines are now all responsible for the introduction of abnormal gene sequences from the microscopic world.

Getting back to nature, allows us to find important medicines from the earth that can replace the unsafe and unnatural use of drugs that are leading our planet to a very dark place.

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