Usnea Beard Lichen, Dried Green Tree Moss, Fairy House Nature Crafting Supplies, Pressed Flowers, Natural Dyes, Old Man's Beard Moss Lichens

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Made in North Sandwich, New Hampshire

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This listing is for 1 ounce of usnea tree lichen. The first photos show what it looks like when fresh and damp. The last photos show what it looks like dried out when it has a paler green color.

Usnea is the generic and scientific name for over 80 species of lichens in the family Parmeliaceae. More commonly known as Old Mans Beard, beard lichen, or tree moss, it is not a moss at all, but rather a symbiosis of a fungus and an algae.

Usnea has been utilized for at least 1600 years, in China, Egypt and Greece, and today by herbalists and drug companies who derive the active ingredient usnic acid, which is an antibiotic. I can not describe the medicinal uses or preparations of usnea on Etsy, but an internet search will give you a lot of information.

Here in NH, usnea grows on white pine trees which are sick or dying, or on the dead lower branches. The lichens draw their nutrients from the air, rain and bark surface rather than the tree itself, so they are not the cause of the poor condition of the tree.

I harvest the usnea after a rain or wind storm which brings the soft green clumps down to the forest floor. They taste bitter and are not eaten by forest animals. The lichens dry out and harden quickly but can be reconstituted to soft fluffiness by soaking or spritzing with water.

Usnea is also used to create dyes, for pressed and dried flower arrangements, papermaking, scrapbooking, terrariums, resin jewelry, and mixed media art. The fine and intricate shapes are beautiful when pressed and dried.

You will receive one ounce of usnea in a food quality quart size zip lock bag. You may receive more than one variety of usnea as they are all appropriate for medicinal uses.

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Average review
Great quality and fast delivery. Thank you!
Nov 22, 2016 by Ema
Super fast shipping, thank you!
Nov 16, 2016 by Ema
We received item as expected and in a timely manor.
Dec 9, 2015 by Michelle Lucker

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Unlike many other Etsy sellers, I personally grow and gather all my own my field and forest products. They are not purchased in bulk from outside sources and repackaged for sale; they are ethically and sustainably grown, harvested or wildcrafted by myself from the pristine fields and forests of New Hampshire. You can be assured of the source, authenticity and freshness of herbs, flowers, bark, berries, and other natural products in my store. While they are gathered, dried, processed and stored as cleanly as possible, wildcrafted and organically grown garden herbs came from the forest, fields, and garden, where they were exposed to wind, rain, soil, birds, insects, and animals. They are not sterile. They may contain very small amounts of other plant material, such as grass, moss, pollen, pine needles, leaf bits, or insects, as they do while growing in nature. Solar drying preserves herbs and drives out or kills insects, but it does not sterilize the plant material. This could only be done with chemicals or extreme heat, both of which would destroy or alter the healing qualities of the plants.

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