Another name for common club moss is vegetable sulfur, so called because its sulfuric properties were put to dramatic use by ancient medicine men whenever they needed to create flashes of fire and minor explosions as part of the theater of medicine.
Health Benefits Of Common Club Moss
A doctor with a similar attitude towards curing today would be judged to have a “good bedside manner” because sometimes the cure is not in the medicine, but the way in which the medicine is presented.
Nevertheless, while common club moss might have been employed theatrically for its placebo effect, there is ample evidence to show this wide spread and aptly named “common” club moss is capable of working its share of wonders minus the flash!
Before the 17th Century, physicians used the whole of this plant as a stomachic and diuretic, particularly in association with kidney complaints. During the 17th Century, the spores were separated from the plant and used on their own. Today, the spores of the common club moss are the only part of the plant that is used in herbal medicine.
The spore is used primarily as a dusting powder in various skin diseases where the rash needs to be kept dry. As one of the spore’s unusual properties is its capacity to repel water. If you want an impressive party trick, cover your hand with the powder then immerse your hand in a bucket of water, and when you pull it out your hand will be dry!
A pillow of moss applied to legs and feet will bring relief from cramp, while the herb will retain its healing properties for up to a year.
Common Club Moss Tea
Common club moss tea combats gravel and colic in the urinary tract, spasmodic retention of urine (due to cramps), cystitis as well as being effective against pain in the kidneys, ureters and bladder.
The tea is recommended for all kinds of cramps, shortness of breath, liver complaints and chronic constipation as well as for hemorrhoids and varicose veins.
If you suffer from hemorrhoids, mix 30g common club moss, 30g horehound, 15g stinging nettle, 15g yarrow and 10g rosehip; infuse one teaspoon of the mix into a cup of boiling water. Drink two cups daily.
If you are concerned about varicose veins, mix 25g common club moss, 25g yarrow, 25g Lady’s mantle, 15g peppermint, 25g balm mint and 15g rue; infuse four tablespoons of the mix with one liter of boiling water. Let it stand for 10 minutes and sip it throughout the day.