USNEA... Old Man's Beard Medicine | w. Yarrow Willard | Harmonic Arts - Buy Bentyl

USNEA... Old Man's Beard Medicine | w. Yarrow Willard | Harmonic Arts

USNEA… Old Man's Beard Medicine | w. Yarrow Willard | Harmonic Arts

By Bryan Wright 33 Comments July 14, 2019



hello my name is yaara Willard and I am the normal Jedi and today we're gonna talk about the old man's beard and what is the best immune medicine when you start to get the sniffles you know you're in mushroom country when you start to see the fungi permeating out of the world lichens are in our fungal Kingdom they are a mix of a algae and a fungus there's a bit of bacterial aspect to them too and ooze Nia is one of those classic ones that has a lot of medicinal values this can be used in chronic and acute immune reactions and responses so whether we've got an acute immune infection aka sniffily sneezy Coffee down this is gonna help work as that antibacterial medicine now how this works is kind of like I like to consider it as that Shaolin ninja of the immune system which means it goes in deep some of these immune herbs like echinacea and goldenseal and OSHA are more like you know echinacea should be more like a chief and OSHA and gold still be more like kind of Rambo with their big gun they go in and they take out all the bacteria whereas this one it doesn't really do that it tones the system making it more functional itself as well as Lu Zhi has been shown to help go in and shut off bacteria's ability to produce ATP aka its energy system its cash flow so in this way it sort of ninjas its way in there and stops bacteria from being able to reproduce it could be used in that acute state like that but also to Tom when the immune system overall now this has also been used not just internally as a tea or a tincture which is how we might use it but also externally so it could be used for wound care so we might take this booze the other we have dry it out grind it into a fine powder and we can pack that into wounds as an antibacterial kind of medicine underneath a gauze now if we have a major infection say something like staph infection this would be a perfect one on a big staff wound I'm gonna have powdered Youzhny out all bacteria isn't bad and so if we're gonna work with antibacterials like booze Nia we want to work with them specifically during those immune response times so it's not something we're going to take all the time and it's not a medicine we can afford mother nature to give us all the time either because any of those antibacterials they're essentially slightly aunty life right in this sense what I mean by that is that bacteria is also our best friend so taking too many antibacterial medicines is gonna shut down the good bacteria in our gut now a little bit of use Nia during an immune season perfect it's not gonna affect the good bacteria in our gut very much it might compromise it a little bit but overall it's affecting the overgrowth and pathogens in our immune response helping support the immune system so it can deal with and move that out easier another way in which busey on might be useful as an antifungal so we can make baths with this we can put it into our bathtub and use it as an antifungal if we've got skin fungus sometimes people get those little white spots on their skin which is a type of skin fungus poor foot baths we can use this for for athlete's foot there's also been some studies on using it for antiviral compounds that it has – so this is one of these multifaceted medicines the main thing I use it for is wound care and for immune system time so we put it into our immune tea but we also add it into our cold defense tincture and I might just take it on its own and there's many different ways like that so we could start to work with is Nia we're gonna use this we're gonna want to make sure that we break the surface area so we've got to mash it up real good because the surface is very protective in news Nia so we're gonna mash it down or we're gonna grind it in a mortar and pestle we're gonna chop it up fine and give it a nice squish and mash so we might make a light simmer with it we also might tincture this herb this is one of the old world medicines from the forests here and one thing that Steven here Buhner one of my favorite authors once said about who's Nia was that he had a download when he was in the forest hanging out with who's Nia and it's like what is your job here and who's Nia said to him my job is to help the trees breathe better help the earth breathe better so that so in some ways whose net is that kind of medicine for cleaning the forest for cleaning the world for helping the relationship between the plants and the environment so Wow hmm even as I chew on it you can really taste that there's a bit of medicine in there nice and gentle but also strong and powerful how do we know we have the right one because there's all kinds of old man's beards that look like booze Nia it's gonna have this elasticity it's got a cord a central cord in the middle as I pull it apart its elastic that's how I know I have the right one if it doesn't have that snap then I got the wrong well no that's no laughter no hahaha and not elastic here's an example of a knot musiah an easy nut one whose knee not when you break it it just pops apart pop aah pop aah pop aah I like to harvest this after we've had a big storm cuz it's up in the trees and these take a long time to grow so it's not very ethical for us to get up there and start pulling it down but when we see trees like this that are low lying along the ground we all of a sudden have a great opportunity to pick this herb that's the only way I'll harvest Susan yeah this little growth here might take a couple of years to get that big so here's a perfect example of a branch that's blown off the we can harvest using our now if we pick it we're gonna pull away that bit of bark that's not such a big deal if we're gonna make it into medicine because we can work with that but for best practices we might try to clean it as much as we can in the forest and we might also come along and use a knife and just clip it in that sense so here's an example pulled it off might clip that bit off or if I want to keep a larger piece without pulling off the bark or damaging it I might do it like so cleaning off any other kind of debris something so magical about lichens I just I feel like they are one of the least worked with medicines and they have the most potential now these are something that communicates so deeply with every other organism in the forest they are a symbiotic organism themselves and just even the way they kind of hold that sort of fairy Kingdom door you know it's I don't something I just love is the magic that I think lichens have like I was saying when we get home we'll clean these better this is called garbling and it's sort of the herbal nerdy word for cleaning my harvest that's covered in crap we're looking for vibrant like it so you see this one is a little older and it's fallen on the ground earlier that might not be quite as vibrant and if we don't need it if we have abundance of other ones we will take these much more vibrant one basically the idea is when with boozing like this we need to break it down it's cell walls are tough so we need to find various ways to break it down the first one I have an example of is to make it into a horrible powder that could be used underneath band-aids or to clean open wounds that antibacterial antifungal antiviral kind of compounds that are in there and that use Nia acid now we're gonna use this internally we need to again break down the cell walls to make it more bioavailable because it is that tough like in type tissues I think this might be part of the reason why people haven't used like in so much is they're tough and fibrous and hard to really extract the medicine from so to do that we're gonna do one of two methods one is we're gonna make a teacher the other one is we're gonna make a decoction now a decoction is literally that slow simmering for twenty to forty minutes or longer we call this the double double boiler and treble method of herbalism and it's also one of the herbalist special secret weapons making decoction so who Zia can be a perfect one to add into a crock-pot decoction or in with other mushrooms or their immune beneficial herbs you can start to cut it up nice and fine and put it in the decoction now we're making a tincture we're gonna make what's called a dual extractive kingship where we're gonna make one batch that's a decoction like that but a really concentrated version of it and one batch that's an alcohol tincture but we need a high alcohol to get that using the acid out so 70% minimum is gonna be our minimum for our alcohol content and then we're gonna take the two and put them together to make a dual extracted tincture this is then easy to be taken by the dropper fall and can be used for any of those immune responses we might want to thanks for joining me in this video on lichen hope you liking it haha this is one of those powerful medicines and I'm so happy to share it it's something that I've been connecting with for a long time so I hope you got something out of this video to comment below give us a thumbs up or tickle some of our other herbal videos we've got lots more to share over 120 videos on our YouTube page and lots of them on harmonica arts dot CA hope to see you out there on the nether space tribe and we'll be connecting with you soon about more herbal medicine

33 Comments found

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fCLEF007

that hat is art

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Fiona

Amazing Canada

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Daniel Paul

Hello, well that is great, just discovering your channel, a friendly hello from Ireland..slan…

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Charles Clements

Isn't it strange? Looking at something all of this time and not knowing the value of it. Thank you, Yarrow.

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Emily Carnes

Love your videos! I was watching a somewhat crappy youtube video about usnea and I thought – I wonder if herbal jedi covers this? Sure enough, you delivered. So much great information! THANK YOU!

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Gerry Johnson

I quite enjoyed this video. It made me think of a song I heard sometime back when lichens, mosses and fungi were my thing. Its called.Lichen You (Epic Biology Song) on You Tube. Maybe it'll give you a chuckle like it did me.

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LadyRae

What is the "not" usnea?

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Kathleen Songer

You're Awesome…!

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Freya

That was beautiful 🙂 Thank you. I have a lot of lichens growing in my area, is it only the one type that has medicinal qualities?

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Gloria Young

🙂🙏✌️

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Robert M

Liken it 🙂

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John Morin

Wow what the Father has provided…

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Steven Hardial

Herbal Jedi lol like ur name

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Yvonne Marek

great video, thanks for sharing! I was wondering if there is an ideal time of the year to harvest usnea? Or can it be harvested at anytime?

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Nancy Wager

Hi Yarrow, I was telling my Dad about making a tincture of Usnea and he told me a story of when he was working in the bush and saw the deer eating Usnea and he thought if it was good enough for the deer he could eat it too! He said he chewed a lot of it!
My story is that my Usnea tincture is only 5 days old but I've have this nagging cough and phlegm and raw throat and tried it anyway and it eased symptoms right away. Thanks for what you do and all the work that goes into it. I can't stop telling everyone to watch your videos. Maybe that is why my throat is sore!?!

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Freecamp Caywood

Good job

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Gerry Johnson

I really enjoyed your video. Have you heard the song "Lichen You" here on YouTube? It always makes me laugh. Going to take my dog tomorrow and collect some Usnea.

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joy bickerstaff

Hi ya Yarrow! yep, I’m liken it! And I’m true happy that I found ur channel, u r sooo awesome! Thank u

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Prophetic End Times

Been sick (head cold) for a week..so I will be a good guinea pig for this 🙂 Thank you for sharing your wisdom in such a light hearted fun way..when your sick everything can imitate you..but this was very uplifting ..thanks again 🙂

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Wendy Allred

Thanks for the video!

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Alexandre Désilets

Hey Yarrow, thank you so much for sharing such valuable knowledge…been enjoying this channel 🙂 cheers from Montréal!!!

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Deb T

thanks for sharing your strenghts Yarrow sending piles of love from Fanny Bay

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Vittskägg

Excellent presentation. You answered just about every question I had regarding Usnea. One question though. When applying topically, have you ever used an oil or salve as a medium? Thanks and you have a new subscriber 👍

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Bento. Lunch's To Go

your so funny and easy to learn. Love it

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p alise

Where did you go to school?

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p alise

Awesome. Such great trachings. Thank you!

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Tim Carmo

(About 6 minutes in) what about the little white spots where the usnea tries to connect with the fungi again? Should those be trimmed out too or are those parts okay to use?
And how many different kinds of usnea look alikes are there? For the longest time I didn't think there were any!

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maritimer Man

And to think, all I ever used that stuff was to start fires.

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Marion Bouquet

Love your energy, Yarrow! Thanks for sharing so much with us. It's fascinating. I'm taking the herbal immersion course with Leslie in Bellingham this year and I hope to meet you!

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Ophelia Bells

hello, is it ok to mix different usnea's? i found some on three different dead trees each one looks a bit different, one kind was a bit more green and also more elasticy another was yellowish and a bit more brittle but still had the elastic in it or is there one that's used out of the hundreds? or are all used?

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Meymeygwis

Terry Willard’s son, Herbal Jedi on the Shaolin-Ninja properties of Usnea: Love it!!

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Steve Miller

Amazing video!!!

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Jake Freeland

I need a hat like this in my life.

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