Lungwort

lungwort in the early spring in the forest
lungwort in the early spring in the forest

Herb – Lungwort flower – Pulmonaria officinalis

Lungwort is a member of the borage family, and one of the original wildflowers native to European forests. The plant has white spots on its leaves. Pulmonaria is associated with the healing of the lungs. In other words it was used medicinally to treat lung ailments. The flowers grow in clumps and reach a height of about 12 inches. In proper conditions, the flower prefers either a shady location or at least a moist one, it can spread rapidly. You can also divide the plant in early spring or fall. They bloom in very early spring. According to various estimates there may be between 10 and 18 species found in the wild.

Treats

Acute bronchitis, chronic bronchitis, tuberculosis, palpitations, hemorrhoids, anal fissure, urinary incontinence, wounds.

Usage

Use the leaves in a hot tea. They infuse to make it a diaphoretic. Combined with plantain and coltsfoot in chronic respiratory problems.

Dosage

Steep about 4-5 leaves in boiling water for 10 minutes and drink. Also research smoking benefits as well as coltsfoot.

Personal Notes:

Lungwort is one of my personal favorites. In my favor, it’s usually readily available and proud to show itself in the beginning days of March through April. I gather as much as I can fairly collect, then give it a few weeks to dry in the air due to the fact that it’s a rather dense herb and doesn’t dry quickly due to it’s foliage. When you find it, pick it, and use it for those months of respiratory challenges for the entire family. It works!

Lungwort picked for drying

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