Iceland moss | definition of Iceland moss by Medical dictionary
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The dried plant, Cetraria islandica (family Parmeliaceae), a lichen, not a moss, used as a demulcent and as a folk remedy for bronchitis.
[L. caetra, a short Spanish shield (from shape of the apothecia)]
n.A llichen that contains fumaric acids, iodine, and mucilage, which is antimicrobial and expectorant; it has been used for respiratory tract infections—e.g., tuberculosis—and as a bitter to stimulate and soothe the gastrointestinal tract
A brittle, grayish-brown lichen (Cetraria islandica) of Arctic and alpine regions, sometimes used as a food or in medicine.
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The air-dried, powdered Iceland moss
material was extracted in a Soxhlet apparatus with petroleum ether for 16 h to obtain crude extract.
In traditional medicine some lichen species such as Iceland moss
, Cetraria islandica, have been widely used for treating inflammatory conditions such as asthma and gastritis, as well as tuberculosis, without being associated with any adverse effects.
This contains two tea bags full of dried herbs such as fennel, dill, meadowsweet, Iceland moss
and black horehound (yes, really).