Iceland moss is a shrub lichen that grows in a cushion shape. It resembles a close community of forest fungi and algae. Nevertheless, many synonyms are used such as Icelandic moss, Irish moss, reindeer moss or fever moss. It is a rigid, scaly and antler-like branched plant.
Nevertheless, Iceland moss can grow from 4 to 15 cm. The plant is known for its healing properties. You may know them from the pharmacy.
Originally, Icelandic moss was discovered by the Icelanders as a medicinal herb. It has been used for respiratory diseases such as hoarseness and cough, but also for inflammation of the mouth. In addition, it could be successfully used in chronic pneumonia or bronchitis. The braiding acids of Iceland moss have an antibiotic effect. They thus relieve irritation and have a pain-relieving effect. The medicinal plant can be administered in the form of teas, tinctures or tablets.