Benefits of Lungwort for Health
Lungwort, also known as Lungwort lead or Pulmonaria officinalis, is a natural remedy that has been used around the world for a variety of respiratory ailments, including coughs, colds, bronchial detoxification, catarrhal problems, for stomach and intestinal ailments, kidney and urinary tract problems. Lungwort is one of the first plants to flower in the early spring in its native habitats. 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 (relieves irritation of the mucous membranes).
Lungwort grows wild throughout the native humid habitats and coastal areas in Europe, Asia, North America, and Africa.
Modern research suggests that Lungwort has certain characteristics, specifically as an antioxidant and secretolytic that may be beneficial to lung health. Lungwort tea is rich in vitamin C, Catecholtannins, Silicic Acid, Allantoin, Saponins, Flavonoids, Quercetin, Kaempferol, Tannic Acid. Lungwort is also high in mucilage content that helps in respiratory conditions as asthma and chronic bronchitis. Lungwort is most often available in tinctures, teas, and capsule form.
How to Prepare Lungwort Tea
Take 1 teaspoon of dried Lungwort leaves, add 150 ml of boiling water and steep for 10-15 minutes. Then, strain, add some honey or lemon juice; drink the tea three times daily. To maximize the effects when trying to combat the symptoms of common cold or lung problems, you can use Lungwort tea in conjunction with Lobelia, Licorice, Coltsfoot or White horehound.
Health benefits of Lungwort tea also include excellent anti-inflammatory properties of this herbal remedy, therefore, this infusion can be used to treat a great number of skin infections, as well as wounds, cuts, swellings, eczema, burns and many other types of skin damage. It is an old natural remedy to treat various kidney problems, along with hemorrhoids, diarrhea and other common gastrointestinal problems.
How to Prepare the Tincture of Lungwort
Chop finely the leaves and flowers (freshly picked), place them in a bottle, then pour refined alcohol of 38-40 degrees over, enough to be covered. Keep the mixture about two weeks in light and heat, shaking the bottle daily. As a tincture, take 1 to 4 milliliters orally, three times daily.
There is not enough information on the potential side effects of Lungwort. If you experience unexplained side effects while taking Lungwort, stop taking it immediately and seek medical advice.
You should contact your doctor before taking Lungwort if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Before taking any new medications, including natural health products, speak to your physician, pharmacist, or other health care provider. Tell your health care provider about any natural health products you may be taking.