I shall speak only of two kinds, viz. Ground Moss and Tree Moss, both of which are very well known. The Ground Moss Muscus Clavatum, grows in moist woods, and in the bottom of hills in boggy grounds, and in shadowy ditches. The Tree Moss grows only on trees.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Moss:

The Ground Moss is said to be good to break the stone, and to expel it by urine, boiled in wine and drank. The herb being bruised, boiled in water and applied, eases inflammations and pains arising from a hot cause, as the pains of the gout. The Tree Mosses, Lichen Plicatus, are cooling and binding, and have a digesting and mollifying quality. But each Moss partakes of the nature of the tree from whence it is taken; therefore that of the oak is more binding, and is of good effect to stay fluxes, vomiting, or bleeding, the powder being taken in wine. The powder taken in drink for some time is good against the dropsy. The oil that has had fresh Moss steeped therein for a time, and then boiled and applied to the temples and forehead, eases the headache coming of a hot cause. The powder of this Moss is a good astringent. It is good against the whites, and spitting of blood. It deserves to be much more regarded. The dose is half a drachm.
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