Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis), is a natural plant that has been used around the world for a variety of respiratory ailments, including coughs, colds, bronchial detoxification and catarrhal concerns. We decided to include Lungwort as a key ingredient in our Lung Support Tonic due to its diverse medicinal benefits.
Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis) is not to be confused with Lungmoss (Lobaria pulmonaria), a type of moss or lichen that also goes by the same common name as Lungwort. Lungwort is native to damp habitats and coastal areas in Europe, Asia, North America, and Africa. It is also known as Common Lungwort, Jerusalem Sage, Jerusalem Cowslip, Sage of Jerusalem, Pulmonaire, and many other common names. Because it’s very sensitive to environmental toxins, the areas in which it is found are typically unpolluted old forests, and thus, the presence of lungwort is often a good indicator of an ecosystem’s health.
Lungwort plant is a traditional herbal remedy with a wide range of possible health benefits. Lungwort’s high mucilage content is known to be useful in respiratory conditions, namely asthma and, in particular, chronic bronchitis. In traditional medicine, Lungwort was used to treat lung diseases such as cough, grippe, catarrh, hoarseness, cold, asthma and even tuberculosis.
Drinking a soothing cup of lungwort tea can also help relieve a number of digestive and gastrointestinal problems including indigestion and diarrhea. Lungwort has mild diuretic properties which may help relieve the discomfort of bloating from excess water build-up while its astringent properties may also be responsible for treating attacks of diarrhea.
Lungwort is a rich source of natural antioxidants, and so it can play a very important role in helping your body eliminate free radicals and support healthy skin. Lungwort can also be applied topically to the skin to help treat minor wounds and cuts. It consists of a chemical compound called allantoin that is known for its ability to heal tissue damage and expedite wound healing. Lungwort is effective when applied to the skin because of its astringent and anti-inflammatory nature. It can be applied to the skin to treat a whole range of skin conditions including burns, ulcers, hemorrhoids, and eczema.
What Is Lungwort Used For?
Lungwort has been used traditionally to treat infections of the urinary tract like cystitis. Because of its natural diuretic ability, it has also been used to treat kidney complaints. Diuretics are often recommended for urinary tract conditions because they help promote the production of fluids in the body and increase the frequency of urination. This can help expel toxins and relieve infection.
The typical phytochemicals found in lungwort, which are thought to be responsible for its medicinal uses, include catecholtannins, silicic acid, allantoin, saponins, flavonoids, quercetin, kaempferol, and tannic acid. This powerful plant also contains antibiotics which act against bacteria responsible for chest infections.
Found in old growth forests across the world, lungwort is a potent medicinal plant that has been used for centuries for a variety of ailments, particularly those affecting the lungs and respiratory system. A rich source of antioxidants, flavonoids and other active compounds, lungwort is truly a powerhouse of medicinal benefits.