Lungwort Herb Profile
Also known as
Pulmonaria officinalis, Spotted Lungwort, Jerusalem Cowslip, Oak Lungs, Lung Moss, Spotted Comfrey, Spotted Dog, Lugenkraut, and Sage of Bethlem
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. Sometimes referred to as the "Herb of Mary", it was used as part of a formula to help reveal if someone was a witch or not, and also conversely it was worn as a protection against the evil eye. 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.
Catecholtannins, Silicic Acid, Allantoin, Saponins, Flavonoids, Quercetin, Kaempferol, Tannic Acid
Dried and as a tincture, tea or in capsules.
Lungwort contains toxic pyrrolizidin alkaloids, so it must be administered by someone qualified in the appropriate use of this material. Its long term use is not recommended and it is not to be used while pregnant.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.