Usnea is a really cool herb! It is a lichen that grows on trees and you can find tons of it where the air is cleanest. We found enough for everyone at the retreat up in Highlands. Of course we did not pick it off the trees, that is a no no!!!! Many tree branches fell with all the bad weather up there so all we had to do was pick it up. 😀

So what is usnea?


Usnea is a lichen( an algae fungus combination) and it is antimicrobial, antibacterial, vulnerary and antifungal.

Uses: Known to help staph infections, heal wounds, respiratory issues, allergy symptoms, sore throat, fungal infections, urinary infections, sinus infections, vaginal infections, the list goes on and on!!!

You can tincture the whole herb for internal use –

or dry it and grind it to add to salves for topical uses.

I use it in my Not Your Mama’s First Aid Salve 🙂

I just finished making the tincture using the DOUBLE EXTRACTION method so I wanted to share my first video tutorial. It is in two parts so make sure you watch both on You Tube, here are the links.

How To Make an Usnea Tincture Part 1

How To Make an Usnea Tincture Part 2

The recipe I used is as follows:

Ratio of herb to liquid as weight to volume – 1:5 whether fresh or dried (That is NOT the same for all herbs)

1 ounce fresh or dried usnea, chopped up

4 ounces water

2.5 ounces pure organic cane or grain alcohol

  1. Place chopped usnea in a stainless steel pot, add water. Bring to a boil, then immediately turn to the lowest setting, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Your water should reduce down to approximately 2.5 ounces to match the amount of alcohol to be used.
  2. Take off the heat, remove cover and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  3. Pour usnea and the infused liquid into an 8 ounce canning jar.
  4. Pour measured alcohol over the mixture and mix well.
  5. Cover and shake daily for two weeks.
  6. Strain and bottle into an amber or other dark colored bottle.

Dosage for adults is 2-3 dropperfuls 3x/day as needed.

There is an amazing amount of Usnea info from Rosalee de la Foret so go visit her blog too!

Have a beautiful day!


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