Last week I made the difficult decision (for various reasons) to cut down a large oak tree. This week I’ve been cutting the long pieces into shorter lengths so that I can split it for firewood. In the process of sorting through the twigs, branches and limbs and expressing my gratitude for the warmth they will provide in the future, I realized some of the branches were covered with lichens. Among others, the lichen called usnea was all over this tree.
Wow! Another blessing from nature. I gathered a lot of it and made a quart of tincture from it (as shown below). Here’s an article with information about its medicinal usefulness.