Lichens are colourful — greens, greys, oranges and yellows are common colours.They are widespread and long-lived.It is estimated that 6% of Earth’s land surface is covered by lichen.Lichens are not a single organism like plants, animals or fungi. Instead every single lichen is the result of two or more separate organisms living permanently together.All lichens are made up of a fungal partner and either/or an algal partner or a cyanobacterium partner, or both.
Nutritionally, lichens contain practically no fat and only 1-5% protein. They are basically carbohydrate.Many lichens show a remarkable sensitivity to air quality. For many ecologists lichens are an accurate monitor of quality of the air in any given place.
Lichens are useful as food, medicine, for making dyes, in perfume manufacture, as decorations and in science.Medicinally Lichens have probably been used by many early civilisations.Research is still active into the use of several other lichen products as anti-viral and anti-fungal agents.
1. Lower Cholesterol;
2. Weight loss;
3. Pain relief;
4. Fever control;
5. Wound healing.
Deodorants; Moisturizing creams and lotions, cleaners, toners and astringents;Antimicrobial.