The many uses of moss
Mosses unique insulating and absorbing characteristics have meant we’ve relied on it in many parts of the world and throughout human history. Moss has been used for drinking water, decoration, food and shelter over the years.
Otzi (the famous over 5,000-year-old preserved mummy found on the Austrian-italian border) was found with large quantities of moss stuffed in this clothes, likely for insulation, but it could also be used as food packaging and even toilet roll. During World War I, Sphagnum mosses were used to dress wounds and stem bleeding from injuries and, if you’re severely dehydrated, you theoretically could wring them out and drink the water from it. Today, we continue to harvest moss for fuel and as a soil additive, and they continue to play a large role in smoking malt to produce Scotch whisky.
Mosses are usually bright green, but there are species that grow in deep greens, turquoises and even black