Overview

Usnea is a type of lichen that grows on trees. Though lichens appear to be single plants, they are really a combination of fungus and algae that grow together for their mutual benefit. The plant body of usnea is used to make medicine.

Usnea is used for weight loss, pain, fever, and wound healing, and to make phlegm easier to cough up.

Usnea is also used directly on the skin for sore throat and for athlete's foot. A product containing zinc sulfate and usnic acid, a compound found in usnea, is used to improve healing after treatment for a sexually transmitted infection that can lead to genital warts or cancer (human papillomavirus or HPV).

Don't confuse usnea with oak moss (Evernia prunastri). Both usnea and oak moss are sometimes referred to as tree moss.

How does it work ?

Usnea contains ingredients that are thought to fight germs that might cause infections. It also might decrease inflammation, pain, and fever.

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