Lungwort

Also known as- Pulmonaria officinalis, Spotted Lungwort, Jerusalem Cowslip, Oak Lungs, Lung Moss, Spotted Comfrey, and Sage of Bethlemn
Lungwort is one of the first plants to flower in the early spring in its native habitats. The leaves have been used in traditional medicine to treat lung diseases with which it may have been associated because of the shape of the leaves and their grey spots, which resembled a diseased lung. Lungwort leaves can be eaten as a vegetable, either raw in salads, or cooked, but it is most often used in medicine for its expectorant and demulcent properties. Lungwort grows wild throughout the Eastern United States and in its native Western Europe. It is distinguished by its spotted leaves and bright flowers that change color from rose to blue, with both colors often being found on the plant at the same time.
Constituents: Catecholtannins, Silicic Acid, Allantoin, Saponins, Flavonoids, Quercetin, Kaempferol, Tannic Acid
Parts: Used Leaves. Typical Preparations Dried and as a tincture, tea or in capsules.
Lungwort has a high mucilage content, making it useful in treating chest and throat complaints. It has been used to treat coughs, including whooping cough, asthma and coughs arising from tuberculosis. It combines well with other herbs and plants like coltsfoot in cold and cough remedies. It’s astringent and diuretic properties may make it useful in external applications on wounds and skin problems.
Contradictions: Lungwort contains toxic pyrrolizidin alkaloids, so it must be administered by someone qualified in the appropriate use of this material. It’s long term use is not recommended and it is not to be used while pregnant.
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