Usnea Florida Whole Lichen


Usnea lichen is an excellent herb to have in your medicine cabinet. You can make a tea with it, add it to meals, or tincture it. It’s a highly effective natural antibiotic, and helps halt colds, sore throats, cold sores and herpes virus, and all varieties of respiratory and urinary tract infections, as well as fungal infections. Its notable properties include:

  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Antifungal
  • Wound healing

Usnea Florida is a Lichen that is unique to the southeastern US. Usnea will not grow where there is air pollution. Your order is wild harvested from our pristine forest in Brooksville, FL. We harvest your Usnea when you place your order, so you can be assured the Usnea you receive is as fresh as possible.

It can help heal all sorts of skin conditions. Using Usnea lichen in wounds can help treat or prevent infection and has wound-healing abilities that can accelerate the healing process. To use Usnea on a wound you might try it as a powdered herb or, if the wound is not infected, as a salve. Do not apply tinctures to open wounds.

Fresh Usnea is edible. Due to its bitter taste, Usnea encourages digestion and was historically used by herbalists to treat indigestion. Research has discovered that the Usnea lichen kills the bacteria that are found in the digestive tract, and that it is in fact extremely beneficial to humans as it does not kill all kinds of bacteria and may leave the bacteria that are useful to the digestive tract unharmed.


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Product Description

Usnea lichen contains potent natural antibiotics which are broad spectrum and effective against pneumonia, tuberculosis, staph and strep bacteria. Usnea is an immune system tonic that can be used in acute situations, as well as for long term immune enhancement and general prevention. It has no side effects or contraindications, and is safe for children and animals. Its antibiotic properties are most specific to the respiratory and urinary systems. Use it to help heal respiratory and sinus infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, strep throat, colds, flus, as well as urinary tract, kidney, and bladder infections. Usnea is also beneficial for women with yeast infections, trichomonas, bacterial vaginosis, and chlamydia. It can be helpful for people with chronic fatigue, HIV, cold sores/herpes, and other chronic conditions related with depressed immunity.

The whole plant has been used vaginally as an anti-fungal, and antibacterial. It has been used in diapers to prevent rash.

It is used as part of herbal cancer therapy, particularly for cases of thyroid cancers in China.

It has been used traditionally for treating headaches, ocular irritation, malaria, scrofula, leukorrhea, bleeding, carbuncle and toxic snake bite.

Avoid during Pregnancy and breast feeding.
It may cause Gastrointestinal Disorders.
It is recommended that you use it cautiously while applying the herb to the skin directly. Direct application of the herb on the skin may result in allergic contact dermatitis.
Usnea contains some chemicals that might harm the liver. If you have liver disease, don’t take Usnea by mouth.

At Great Spirit Farm, we believe that the plants at our feet serve a purpose, and many of them are medicinal, often possessing the same qualities as other more well-known medicinal herbs, yet specific to the local area, in balance with nature. We focus on finding and using local plants that grow naturally in our region, often wild-crafting, and always sustainably harvesting, with love in our heart and care for the plants that nurture us. We carefully select plants that are in healthy environments, free from chemicals and exhaust.

Your purchase helps to support our mission and vision of helping people heal, individually and globally, on all levels. If you would like a tax-deductible receipt for your purchase donation to our 501c3, please make a note when you check out.

We combine shipping! Ships with care from Brooksville, FL.  Free pickup also available at the Brooksville Farmers’ Market each Sunday from 10-2.

We cannot accept returns or exchanges. Please contact us if you have any problems with your order.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Please consult with a physician or other healthcare professional regarding any medical or health-related diagnosis or treatment options.