Botanical name: Cetraria Islandica Habitat: Cold world zones
Plant parts used: stem Active ingredients and nutrients: lichenine(substance similar to cellulose), isolichenine (similar to starch)
Therapeutic properties: Icelandic Lichen is very rich in MUCILAGES, heterogeneous glycoproteins, which once in contact with water form plastic masses that act at various levels in the intestinal system. They give the Lichen an excellent GASTROPROTECTOR action, as it allows the formation of a layer on the mucosa which acts as a protection against acids and irritants. it has bechic, emollient and expectorant properties, protects the inflamed mucous membranes of the digestive tract (especially from acid regurgitations). It also stimulates intestinal regularity, promoting motility. The mucilages make the stools softer and, at the same time, absorb liquids in case of diarrhea. Lichen also acts as a tonic, promotes digestion and stimulates salivary and pancreatic secretions.