OAK MOSS Overview Information
Oak moss is the moss from a certain type of oak tree called Evernia prunastri. The moss is used to make medicine.
People take oak moss for intestinal problems.
In manufacturing, oak moss is used as a fragrance in perfumes.
Oak moss is sometimes called tree moss, but so are other products. Avoid confusion by looking for the scientific name, Evernia prunastri.
How does it work?
There isn’t enough information to know how oak moss might work as a medicine.
- Intestinal problems.
- Other conditions.
OAK MOSS Side Effects & Safety
Oak moss might be safe for most people when taken for short periods of time as a water-based tea. When taken in large amounts, for long periods of time, or as an alcohol extract, oak moss is UNSAFE. Oak moss contains a toxic chemical called thujone. It can cause side effects such as restlessness, vomiting, dizziness, tremors, kidney damage, and convulsions.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s UNSAFE to take oak moss if you are pregnant. It contains a chemical called thujone that might cause the uterus to contract, and this could cause a miscarriage.
Allergy to lichens and mosses: If you are allergic to lichens and mosses, you might also be allergic to oak moss. It’s best to avoid oak moss if you have one of these allergies.
A blood disorder called porphyria: Oak moss might make this condition worse. Don’t use oak moss if you have porphyria.
Kidney problems: Oak moss might make this condition worse. Don’t use oak moss if you have kidney problems.
OAK MOSS Dosing
The appropriate dose of oak moss depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for oak moss. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.