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.Lungwort has been used down the years to treat conditions related to the lungs and respiratory system. If you are suffering from a cold and are having difficulties breathing freely, lungwort may be one of the best natural solutions. This traditional medicinal plant is still drunk as a tea and is available in several other forms.
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 its leaves resemblance to a diseased lung. There was a theory in those days that a plant’s physical features was an indication of its medicinal potential and it was combined with wormwood during the 14th Century to treat the bubonic plague. Of course, the value of a plant’s appearance as any kind of reliable indicator of its medical abilities has long since been discredited but interestingly, lungwort is still used primarily for respiratory conditions to this day.
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.
Put a teaspoon of lungwort leaf into a 200ml cup of boiled water. Cover it and let it brew for 10 minutes. Strain and drink a cup 3-4 times per day, sweetened with honey.
True to its common and scientific names, lungwort 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. Unfortunately, there is not a great deal of modern scientific research available but that in no way negates its potential. Research is expensive and there is no great will to plow money into unprofitable herbal supplements. Fortunately, there is plenty of historical and anecdotal evidence that it works to remedy these conditions and it seems to be a widely accepted fact that lungwort is an excellent natural remedy for the respiratory system especially as a complementary remedy to a medical recommendation. 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 tea is said to effectively help clear up the tar which has built up from the habit.
A Bulgarian study published in 2005 found that tea 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 besides. 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 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 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.
Although we are lacking in any firm scientific evidence, 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.
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.
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