True to its common and scientific names, lungwort tincture is primarily used to treat respiratory complaints including asthma, whooping cough, and bronchitis. In traditional folk medicine, the herb was widely used to treat many lung complaints like coughing, catarrh, asthma, and tuberculosis. It has also been used to treat chest infections because of its natural antibiotic effects.
It helps to clear the airways and to expel the buildup of mucus out of the lungs. Smokers or those that have recently quit may also be in luck; drinking lungwort tincture is said to effectively help clear up the tar which has built up from the habit.
A Bulgarian study published in 2005 found that tincture made from lungwort contained a high level of various phenolic compounds and other beneficial antioxidants. It is possible that the effect of lungwort on the respiratory system is linked to its antioxidant content at least in part but antioxidants are essential for many more reasons. By now, it has been fully established that antioxidants play an important role in the body’s overall health. They protect us against the damaging effects of free radicals and help prevent serious diseases including heart disease and cancer. Apart from protecting the internal organs, antioxidants like the ones found in lungwort are essential to overall wellbeing and perform a valuable anti-aging function. Getting enough antioxidants into your body will even help your skin to look and feel younger.
Drinking a lungwort tincture 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 are responsible for treating bouts of diarrhea.
Because lungwort is such a rich source of natural antioxidants, it can play a very important role in helping your skin remain stronger and younger but that is not all. Lungwort can also be applied topically to the skin to help treat minor wounds and cuts. It contains 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.
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. As it helps expel the excess liquid from your body, it is great for arthritis and gout because the uric acid, which is responsible for pain in these conditions, leaves your body trough urine.
While it is certainly best-known for its ability to treat lung and respiratory illnesses, it has also been used traditionally to reduce bleeding during menstruation and complaints related to the thyroid.
Lungwort otherwise known as lungwort leaf or by the scientific name – Pulmonaria Officinalis, is an appropriately named plant popularly used to treat a host of respiratory issues including colds, coughs, bronchitis and asthma.
It is a member of the Boraginaceae family and is found growing wild in various parts of the world including Europe, North America, Africa and Asia where it thrives in damp habitats especially near the coast. 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 has been used as an herbal remedy dating all the way back to the Middle Ages. It was at this time that the plant was named lungwort because of the resemblance between the leaves and lungs.
Lungwort contains a variety of chemical compounds which give the plant its medicinal uses. These compounds include saponins, antioxidant flavonoids like quercetin as well as allantoin and tannic acid. It is thought to have antibiotic, wound healing and mild diuretic properties giving the herb a range of potential medicinal uses
Common Names: Lungwort, Common lungwort, Jerusalem Sage, Jerusalem Cowslip.
Preparation: Put a teaspoon of lungwort leaf into a 200ml cup of boiled water. Cover it and let it steep for 10 minutes. Strain and drink a cup 3-4 times per day, sweetened with honey.
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