The most powerful natural antibiotic – cetraria, medicinal properties and contraindications
Tell us what tsetraria is, the medicinal properties and contraindications of this plant, and where it can be found. About twenty years ago, my mother bought weed in the market from grandmothers and treated us with cetraria broths for coughs. Recently, I remembered about her again, having learned about the diagnosis of chronic bronchitis. I can get sick several times a year, the cough does not go away for a long time. I decided to try to drink tsetraria. And what other diseases does it help?
This plant is better known as Icelandic moss, although it has a very distant relationship to it. The botanical name of the herb that works wonders is cetraria, the medicinal properties and contraindications of this culture are recognized even by official medicine. In pharmacies, you can buy not only dry moss, but also cough medicines based on it, for example, Pectolvan and Herbion syrups or Isla tablets. But cetraria became famous not only for its antitussive and antiviral properties. Its chemical composition is so rich that the plant is considered a natural antibiotic that can help with many diseases. What kind of plant is it and what is it famous for?
Cetraria – medicinal properties and contraindications
In fact, Icelandic cetraria is a symbiosis of algae and a fungus, a lichen from the Parmelia family. Under natural conditions, it grows mainly in the tundra and forest-tundra of Siberia, the Caucasus and Karelia, but it is also found in Australia, Europe and Asia. Lichen grows in unshaded areas of the soil or on stumps where there is enough moisture. During the dry period, the cetraria falls into suspended animation, but continues to develop again as soon as it receives moisture.
It is noteworthy that Icelandic moss grows only where there is unpolluted air. Therefore, the plant is environmentally friendly..
Moss shoots are small, from 4 cm to 10 cm high, beautifully curled and painted in different colors. The upper part of the blades is lighter, white or greenish, while the lower part is brown. Moss is harvested only in dry weather, tearing it off from stumps or the ground. It is cleaned of plant residues and dried, but not washed.
Icelandic moss contains many vitamins of groups A and B, various minerals, bitterness, carbohydrates, enzymes. Almost 70% of the composition is mucus, but the most valuable are lichen acids, especially usnic acid. It is she who endows the culture with medicinal properties and turns it into a natural antibiotic. By the way, usnic acid is only found in lichens..
Benefits of Icelandic Moss
In folk medicine, tsetraria is used to prepare decoctions, infusions and teas. They have a healing effect on the body, namely:
- relieve various kinds of inflammation;
- help with cough, treat bronchitis, pneumonia, whooping cough;
- destroy the tubercle bacillus;
- kill flu and cold viruses;
- slow down aging;
- treat skin diseases;
- effective for all diseases of the gastrointestinal tract;
- eliminate bowel disorders;
- increase potency;
- promote weight loss.
In what cases it is not recommended to be treated with tsetraria
Icelandic moss has few contraindications and most often they relate to acute periods – exacerbation of diseases such as:
In addition, you can not take decoctions or infusions of cetraria at high temperatures (above 39 ° C). And also with increased intestinal tone and spastic constipation. Take extra care if you have autoimmune diseases..
It is not recommended to treat children under 1 year of age with moss, pregnant women and especially nursing ones. Cetraria in decoctions can change the taste of milk and add a bitterness to it, which babies will not like.
If you follow the dosage and do not get carried away with moss for a long time, then the plant is more beneficial. With prolonged use, cetraria can provoke liver intoxication or irritation of the gastric mucosa. Sometimes, but very rarely, individual intolerance of the plant or its components (mainly acids) is manifested.