Iceland moss, scientific name of Cetraria Island, is a plant belonging to the Cetrariacee-Parmeliaceae family with tonic, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antacid, antiemetic, fluidizing and antispasmodic properties. As a remedy can be used both internally and externally. Internally, it can be useful in case of nausea, vomiting even during pregnancy, but in this case it is always better to ask your doctor for advice, car or sea sickness, digestive problems. Iceland moss is also used to treat coughs thanks to the fluidizing and expectorant action on the bronchial secretions and mucosal protection. For external use, iceland moss is helpful to soothe skin redness, acne, irritations and inflammations, wounds but also to increase collagen and soften wrinkled and dry skin thanks to the emollient effect. Thanks to its antiseptic properties, iceland moss can be found in various preparations such as toothpastes. The use of Iceland moss is not recommended in case of gastritis and ulceration.
Internal use, mother tincture
You can use the mother tincture of Iceland moss, 40 drops two times a day diluted in a little water without food.
Internal use, herbal tea
You can drink both the infusion and the decoction of Iceland moss. As for the infusion, bring to boil a little more than a cup of water, once it has reached the boil, remove from heat and pour two teaspoons of Iceland moss, leave to brew for ten minutes, then filter and drink up to three cups a day. For the decoction, bring to boil a little more than a cup of water and 1 tablespoon of Iceland moss, boil for a few minutes, remove from heat and let it rest for about ten minutes covered, then filter and drink or use to gargle in case of sore throat.
You can prepare a hot water bath by adding 1 handful of Iceland moss. Alternatively, you can soak gauze in the Iceland moss decoction and apply on the parts to be treated.