Lungwort

Posted by on Aug 30, 2016 in Herbal Profiles, Kerri Bailey, Latest | 0 comments

Lungwort

Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis), is one of the first flowers to bloom in Spring and one of my favorite herbs for moist shady areas in the garden. The attractive, edible leaves come in many leaf variegation patterns with flower colors varying from dark blue to sky blue, white and pink-crimson. This long blooming perennial is native to the US, Europe, Asia and Africa.

The use of Lungwort goes back many centuries as many people believed solely in the Doctrine of Signatures which is a theory that anything resembling a body part means that it is beneficial to that area in the body. Although modern science has discredited many of the ancient remedies, Lungwort is one herb that has been proven otherwise.

The shape of the Lungwort leaf resembles a human lung therefore it was used for treating numerous respiratory conditions. Recent studies have confirmed that Lungwort is beneficial to the respiratory system as well as containing many antioxidant properties. The action of Lungwort is soothing, astringent, expectorant and as a demulcent (helps provide mucous lubrication for dry and irritated areas) suitable for the treatment of Asthma, Allergies, Bronchitis, Coughs and Colds. Fresh Lungwort leaves can also be used on the skin for wounds, bug bites and hemorrhoids. Use dried Lungwort for short-term (up to 1-2 months) issues in Teas, Capsules and Tincture. Mixes well with other herbs such as Nettle, Mullein, Motherwort, Mints and Elderflower to name a few.

Lungwort leaf is one of our newer herbs at Ubi’s. If you have questions about using Lungwort or are interested in a custom blend I am available on Tuesday, Friday & Saturdays at Ubi’s Café (aka Ubiquitous Journey).

There is not a lot of information about interactions or contraindications with the use of Lungwort. It is always recommended that you consult with your medical professional for advise when using herbs, especially if you are pregnant or taking pharmaceutical drugs. This article is for educational purposes and not intended for self-diagnosis.

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References:

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/lung-cleansing-benefits-of-lungwort/

https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/products/lungwort/profile

http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/l/lungwo49.html

http://medicinalherbinfo.org/herbs/Lungwort.html

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