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Iceland Moss

Iceland moss (Cetraria islandica L.) is a species of ground-dwelling lichen and belongs to the Parmeliaceae family. It’s typical of mountain areas and characteristic of lava fields in Iceland, which is probably where it gets its common name. Lichens are plants with a thallus that is a made from an association between a mushroom and seasweed, from which a symbiosis takes place, or rather, the existence of one is linked to the other for mutual benefit. Iceland moss is used in herbal medicine because of its composition of usnic acid and mucilages. It soothes the oropharyngeal mucosa and improves the tone of voice. It also supports the immune system.