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Usnea 1/2 Oz. (Usnea barbata)

Usnea 1/2 Oz. (Usnea barbata)

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One half ounce, cut and sifted.100% Certified Kosher.

Usnea (Usnea barbata), is also known as Old Man's Beard lichen, hanging from branches like a wiry beard, this lichen has been documented for centuries. Cultures around the world have utilized Usnea. for various purposes. Medicinally, Usnea has been used in traditional practices for its potential antimicrobial properties. Historically, it's been used for wound healing, coughs, and pain relief.

During times of hardship, the lichen has been ground into flour and used for baking or eaten as a mush. While not exactly a culinary delight, Usnea’s historical use demonstrates its resourcefulness as a survival food.

Some cultures have associated the lichen with longevity and protection. Its air-borne nature may have led to beliefs it could ward off evil spirits or negative energies.

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