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Lungwort

  • Pulmonaria officinalis
  • Origin: Poland
Lungwort

SKU
lun_1oz

Common Name

Standardized: lungwort

Botanical Name

Pulmonaria officinalis L.
Plant Family: Boraginaceae

Overview

Introduction

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.

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.

Precautions

Specific: No known precautions.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.