CLUB MOSS, Lycopodium clavatum

Club Moss

When you see the name “club moss,” you think of a club and some moss. Sorry, this plant grows on the ground, so isn’t a moss, and the plant is very soft, so it couldn’t be much of a club. The genus name is lycopodium, which in Latin means, “fox” or “wolf foot.” Club moss could look like the paw print of a wolf. The club part comes from the spike or cone that raises up off the ground.

Club moss is an evergreen plant that grows on damp ground. It is procumbent; in other words, it lays close to the ground and sends runners all over the place like little green ropes. These runners root into the ground as they go along. Club moss doesn’t have leaves, as you think of leaves. Instead, it is densely covered with little, narrow, scale-like, bristled, leaves that are pointed at the tips. The plant is soft, very green and is a perennial. The ends of some of the branches have a yellow-green spike, or cone, that points upward. This spike is covered with little tiny cones or capsules that are loaded with a bright-yellow powder or spore. This yellow powder or spore contains natural radium and is very healing. The powder is used to dust cuts, scrapes, or rashes; it is poured on open wounds of ulcerated legs; it is great for diaper rash, skin irritations and eczema; it helps inflammatory problems of the liver, kidney and bladder, and it helps with incontinence of urine.

The first time I saw it growing in the garden, I thought, “Now what is that/” I watered it and let it grow all year. It got pretty big. I was very curious about the yellow powder that the plant gave off when the spike was touched. All year I tried to find out what it was. I finally found it in an old herb book that said it was club moss. It said that club moss needs a cool, moist, shady area to grow. I wondered how this plant could grow in the southwest desert when it should be in the mountains under a pine tree.

In many parts of Europe, where it is protected by governments, it grows into a dense mat in the forests. People come in and only cut off the spikes and put them into a paper bag so they will ripen and dry. Then they shake the yellow powder or spore out of the cone, sift it and use it or sell it to apothecaries or drug stores.

Maria Treben of Austria was very high on the club moss. She was one of Europe’s greatest herbal healers. She told of a man who had cirrhosis (hardening) of the liver in its last stage. He was bedridden and suffering from shortness of breath at night, which is a symptom of cirrhosis. He had been in different hospitals, but they couldn’t help him so he was sent home to die. Maria told the man’s wife to give him some club moss tea made from the yellow powder. It helped very quickly and he lost his terrible shortness of breath after his first cup of club moss tea. She points out that it is the radium in the club moss that makes it such an important herbal aid to cirrhosis and cancer of the liver.

Her friend, Dr. Weinmeiester, told about a man who had a cramp in his foot. It was so bad that it was twisting his foot and ankle. Weinmeiester wound a rope of club moss around the man’s twisted foot and leg. In a short time, the cramp released and the foot straightened out. The herb club moss is used in pillows against many kinds of cramps.
I know these stories and testimonials sometimes seem far out or impossible. However, I have seen herbs do miracles. If you have faith and believe in herbs they will work much better for you. If you don’t have faith in herbs, they won’t work as well for you. Like the Lord says, “if thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth”, (Mark 9:23), and I think that this applies especially to herbs. He put herbs here on earth for us and our belief in them helps our health.

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