Even though the winter is settling in and most of the foliage has died off. There’s still beautiful things to find like these Blackedge Bonnets (Mycena Pelianthina, I’m pretty sure) and Maritime Sunburt lichen #photography#mushrooms#xt20#lichen#dedhamvale
#HerbalSpotlight USNEA LICHEN
Have you ever seen that greenish-gray, dangly stuff hanging off of trees? It’s probably #Usnea ! Alternatively known as Old Man’s Beard, Usnea is classified as a #lichen , meaning it has formed a symbiotic relationship between algae and fungus. It sounds gross, we know, but stick with us here...it’s truly amazing!
Usnea has been used in #ancient#medicine for over 2,000 years. It is often used to promote #kidney and #urinarytract function (which in turn supports optimal #immunity response in mucosal membranes), the #respiratory tract and general #microbial balance. It is also a well-known #antifungal , but it has also shown to have broad-spectrum #antimicrobial activity against many #pathogens , including #parasites . This makes it a fantastic #herbal agent to balance the #gut biome. We often use it to treat traveler’s diarrhea, combatting parasites and especially candida.
#Candida overgrowth in the gut is most commonly caused by too much dietary sugar, poor #bloodsugar regulation or following an #antibiotic round. It can cause skin #rashes , #weight gain, #brainfog and many more ailments that one might not really pay attention to. This is where usnea comes to the rescue! Think of usnea as a good fungus to fight the bad fungus, similar to how #probiotics work for #bacteria .
Usnea is a main ingredient in our best-selling Tummy Tea! While it can look a little weird steeping in your #tea , our patients often report that they really notice a difference in their digestion when they drink it as an after-dinner tea.
Fun Fact: Usnea was used as an effective wound dressing when pressed and would fight off infection with its antibacterial properties!
🇪🇸 Estrías de Wickham.
Líneas blancas que se cruzan en la superficie de las típicas papulas planas purpuricas ➡️ LIQUEN PLANO
✔️Se ven mejor con dermatoscopia de contacto con líquido de inmersión.
✔️Además se ven vasos puntiformes de distribución regular, típico de lesiones inflamatorias.
❗Importante mirar siempre las uñas y la boca de estos pacientes.
🇬🇧 Wickham striae.
White crossing streaks on typical flat purpuric papules ➡️ LICHEN PLANUS
✔️Better seen with contact dermoscopy with immersion fluid.
✔️Dotted vessels with a regular distribution are also seen, typical in inflammatory lesions.
❗Don't forget to examinate nails and mouth of these patients
Cladonia cristatella, commonly known as the British soldiers lichen, is a fruticose lichen belonging to the family Cladoniaceae. The species was first described scientifically by American botanist Edward Tuckerman in 1858.⠀
A very common and well known lichen, Cladonia cristatella is found throughout the northeastern USA into Canada. There are look-alike species throughout most of the world as well. The little red "caps" that resemble the red hats worn by invading British troops during the American Revolutionary war give the lichen its common name of the the "Bristish Soldier Lichen."⠀
A lichen is a mutualistic association (or symbiotic association) between a fungus and either an alga or a cyanobacterium. In other words, a lichen is actually a multi-specied organism working together. This one is greener and redder in early spring than at other times. It occurs on the ground or on dead wood, and its diminutive size makes it a good specimen for terrariums. The one pictured is on the roof of a wishing well!⠀
Out in the woods today, and for the first time in a while relaxed and enjoyed it. We were out for over an hour! Thinking about making a wreath for my granny’s grave from the beautiful things that grow in these woods. Started to think I’d seen all it has to offer (how silly of me!) when I spotted a new fungus I hadn’t seen before, and a black tubular mushroom thing. I made a Heather wreath and left like an offering halo to a fallen tree. A spiritual walk so it was. 😊 #lichen#forestfloor#scottishwoodland#ladybank#heather#christmaswreath#homemadechristmas#fungus#flora