Iceland Moss Extract

Iceland Moss Extract

Botanical Name:Cetraria islandica
Part Used:Whole lichen
Active ingredients:
Appearance:Brown Powder
Specification:10:1 by TLC
Storage: Stored in a cool, dry and dark place, shelf life 24 months.


What is Iceland Moss Extract?

Iceland Moss (Cetraria islandica) is not a moss, but lichen, a symbiotic association between algae and fungus.

Although it is not a vascular plant, the structure of Iceland moss can be mistaken for stems and leaves, which make it look like a moss; the likeness in appearance may have been the reason for its name.

Cetraria islandica is a fruticose, or shrub-like and bushy, lichen growing loosely on the soil to a height of 3-4 inches.

The thallus (the body of fungi and lichens, being without vascular tissue and not differentiating into root, stem and leaves) is channeled or rolled into thin, branched tubes, which terminate in flattened lobes fringed with minute papillae, rarely more than 5mm wide.

The whole lichen is very tough and springy. It varies considerably from pale chestnut to grayish white; the upper surface is darker, the under surface is lighter to whitish.

There are white spots which have a chalky or mealy appearance, and which are lodged in little depressions of the thallus.

Health Benefits of Iceland Moss Extract

Traditionally Iceland moss was considered a galactogogue and to have strongly antibiotic, antiemetic, strongly demulcent and nutritive properties.
Iceland moss has been principally recommended in chronic pulmonary and digestive conditions, particularly phthisis (wasting condition also know as pulmonary tuberculosis), dyspepsia, and chronic diarrhea.

Cetraria islandica is understood to have both a bitter tonic action and a demulcent effect within the gut, a combination almost unique amongst medicinal herbs.

The lichen has an important place in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

The medicinal properties may have been first known to the natives of Iceland; according to Borrichius, the Danish apothecaries were acquainted with the medicinal applications of Iceland moss in 1673.

In ancient times, the herb was a traditional herbal cough remedy, and had been used in European folk medicine as a cancer treatment.

Iceland moss contains up to 70 percent starch and historically had been used as an emergency food in desolate places. Historically it was widely used in breads, porridges, and soups.

Traditionally in northern Europe, the powdered lichen was used as a thickener in soups.

It is highly prized by the contemporary herbalist as a useful antibiotic and demulcent. Traditionally it was used to soothe the mucous membranes of the chest, to treat chronic pulmonary problems, to counter catarrh and to calm dry and paroxysmal coughs and as a relief for advanced tuberculosis.

The mucilage properties of this herb provide a natural treatment for the oral and pharyngeal membranes. Its bitter organic tonic action may stimulate the appetite and promote gastric secretion.

Iceland moss is rich in mucilages and its soothing action is useful for conditions such as gastritis, gastric ulcer, hiatus hernia, and reflux esophagitis.

It is thought to be a useful herbal treatment when used internally in the treatment of dysentery, chronic digestive disturbances (including irritable bowel syndrome and food poisoning).

Cetraria islandica was traditionally used for relief of vomiting arising from irritation and inflammation of the stomach. It may be a useful herbal remedy for low-grade stomach infections seen when there is low stomach acid production.

It is used as a remedy for the effects of excess stomach acid secretion and it is thought to be a natural treatment for conditions such as malnourishment, debility, and anorexia.

Iceland moss has been traditionally used in cases that require nutritious and easily digested nourishment that will not upset the stomach. Ordinary doses improve the appetite, digestion and general nutrition.

The herb is used as a surface application to treat boils, vaginal discharges and impetigo.

Dosage of Iceland Moss Extract

4-6g every day.

Potential Side Effects of Iceland Moss Extract

It is always advisable to consult a health care professional when Iceland moss is intended as an herbal medicine.

Medicinal herbs can interact with synthetic medications and also with each other.

In excessive doses or with prolonged use, Iceland moss can cause nausea, looseness of the bowels, gastric irritation or liver problems.

Certificate of Analysis

AppearenceBrown powderN/AComplies
Particle size100% pass 80 meshUSP32<786>Complies
Extract SolventsWater/EthanolN/AComplies
IdentificationPositive ReactionN/AComplies
Loss on Drying≤5.0%Eur.Ph.6.0[2.8.17]Complies
Acid-insoluble ash≤7.0%Eur.Ph.6.0[2.4.16]Complies
Solvents ResidueMeet Eur.Ph6.0<5.4>Eur.Ph 6.0<2.4.24>Complies
Pesticides ResidueNegativeUSP32<561>Complies
Microbiological Control
Total bacterial count≤1000cfu/gUSP30<61>Complies
Yeast & mold≤100cfu/gUSP30<61>Complies

Flowchart of Production

plant extract flowchart

Package for Iceland Moss Extract

herbal extract package

Shipping for Iceland Moss Extract

  • By Express: Suitable for under 50kg, 5-10 days
  • By Air: Suitable for more than 50kg, 7-15 days
  • By Sea: Suitable for more than 500kg, 15-45days

Why Choose FYZ Iceland Moss Extract?

  • FYZ is a professional GMP standard herbal extract manufacturer in China, provide OEM service.
  • FREE SAMPLE with freight collection (5-10g) for detection, if you need more, please contact us.
  • Fast delivery by DHL/FedEx,  air as your requirement.
  • All of our products from nature, no additive.
  • Money refund policy.


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