Iceland Moss Health Benefits

Naturalhealthmessage.com receives compensation from some of the companies, products, and services listed on this page. Advertising Disclosure

Iceland moss does not have leaves or roots and is a true example of a surviving species. They adapt to cold and dry climates and can stay more than one year in a latent state.

No products found.

iceland moss syrup

Northern Scandinavian Laplanders have used this moss from ancient times. The great Swedish botanist Linnaeus recommended it in the 18th century as a medicinal herb.

Healing Properties and Indications

The plant contains cetraric acid, which gives it aperitif and stimulating properties; as well as a high amount of mucilage to which it owes its emollient (soothing) properties, and other substances such as usnic acid, which, being active in-vitro against mycobacteria that cause tuberculosis, explain the antibiotic properties of the plant. The indications and properties of Iceland moss are the following:

  1. Expectorant, antitussive, and pectoral: In the case of bronchitis, catarrh, asthma, tracheitis, and laryngitis, the plant gives excellent results.
  2. Antitubercular: Iceland moss is recommended as a complementary remedy to treat pulmonary tuberculosis.
  3. Antiemetic: It helps stop persistent vomiting during pregnancy.
icelandic moss magical properties

Iceland Moss Scientific Facts

  1. Other names: Eryngo-leaved liverwort.
  2. French: Mousse d’Islande.
  3. Spanish: Liquen de Islandia.
  4. Environment: It grows in coniferous forests and acidic mountain lands in northern Europe and America.
  5. Description: Linchen or moss five to ten cm long, of the Cetrariaceae family, with light brown stem deeply divided into unequal lobules.
  6. Parts of the plant used medicinally: The dried thallus (the body of the lichen).
benefits of icelandic moss
A decoction of Iceland moss is rich in mucilage, with expectorant properties.

How to use Iceland Moss

  1. Decoction with 10-20 g per liter of water, boiling for two minutes. Change the water then to eliminate its sour flavor, then boil again in one and a half liters of water until it reduces to one liter. Drink three or four cups a day, hot, sweetened with honey.

No products found.


  • George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. “Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants.” George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants. Ed. Francesc X. Gelabert. Vols. 1 San Fernando de Henares: Editorial Safeliz, 2000. 300. Print.

Last update on 2023-12-09 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Recommended For You