Lungwort

Lungwort

Also known as Bethlehem Sage, Jerusalem Cowslip, Joseph and Mary, Soldiers and Sailors and Spotted Dog, Lungwort is a perennial flowering herb native to Europe and Asia.

Lungwort: Latin name: (Genus) Pulmonaria; (Species) P. officinalis.

Perhaps not surprisingly – given this plant’s name – Lungwort has been used in both traditional and folk medicine primarily in the treatment of respiratory problems: coughs, colds, chest infections, asthma; also for chronic bronchitis and recurring catarrhal problems, as well as for more serious pulmonary infections such as pneumonia.

Lungwort is also recommended by herbalists as an anti-inflammatory, an expectorant, a demulcent, an astringent and a mild diuretic, and sometimes as a treatment for diarrhoea and haemorrhoids.

But it’s not only its numerous medicinal qualities for which Lungwort is best known. Rich in Vitamin C, as well as flavonoids, tannins and saponines, this versatile herb offers health and nutritional benefits, too. It is best taken as a tea.

To make a tea: Use 1-2 teaspoons of Earthfare Organic Lungwort to a cup of boiling water and allow to brew for 10-15 minutes before drinking.

For further information on the properties and use of Lungwort we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.