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USNEA LICHEN (Usnea barbata) CO2


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Product Description

Latin Name: Usnea barbata

Country: Germany

Method of Extraction: CO2 extraction

Status: conventional

4% Usnic acid, water dispersable Suspended in sunflower oil and vegetable base biodegradable emulsifier

Usnea is a lichen commonly referred to in herbal literature as “Old Man’s Beard”. It seems to have an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effect on skin infections especially those associated with yeasts and fungi. It is indicated to be effective for many bacteria and yeast infections with dermatological relevance. Usnic acid is effective against anaerobic bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), acne, and especially seborrhoeal eczema. Our research on this compound shows Usnea to have a particular affinity for Hypericum perforatum (St John’s Wort Infused Oil). These highly concentrated extracts are different in nature from the CO2 extracted essential oils found in the Essential Oil section. They are extremely effective in healing and regenerative skin care. They can be added in very small dilutions to skin care crèmes, oils, healing balms and ointments. Consider them superchargers to your skin care. They are generally added to a base oil or crème at a percentage of .5 - 1%.

Some CO2 extracts are viscous and do not drop from the orifice reducer in a bottle. Pop your bottle into a ziploc bag and warm in a cup of hot water. Remove the dropper and pour a small amount into the cap and drop from there. Pipettes are very handy when working with these extracts.

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