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Lungwort (Sticta pulmonaria)


Lungwort is considered to be of the genus Pulmonaria which is derived from the Latin word for lung. It is an early bloomer and happens to come in numerous colors and it works best in full shade. A lungwort is strong with pink, blue, white or purple flowers. It happens to reach a height of about twelve to eighteen inches. As it grows, it tends to have leaves that are distinctive speckled making them yearn for more moist soils. As the leaves continue to blossom, they are arranged in designs accompanied with large blades. Additionally, the leaves tend to be covered with hairs that are at one time or the other soft.  Its main origin is from the United States. Lungwort has active compounds such as allontoin, saponin, flavonoids, vitamin C, tannins and mucilage among others.

Medicinal Uses

Just like any other herb, it is important to note that, there are various medicinal uses that come with lungwort and some of them include the following.

  1. One of the medicinal uses is subduing inflammation. There are some inflammations that come due to one reason or the other. The good news is that, the inflammations can be subdued using lungwort. All that you need is to infuse dried herb into a cup containing boiling water and then taken for several days in order to subdue inflammation.
  2. It helps those people suffering from pulmonary conditions by bringing healing to them.
  3. It helps in the respiratory system due to the fact that its leaves tend to look like the thin, adaptable tissue of the lungs.
  4. Helps in cleansing the lungs of any air pollutants as well as smoking contaminants by detoxifying the respiratory system.
  5. Lungwort helps in strengthening, maintaining and nourishing the entire respiratory system making one to live whole again.
  6. At times, the herb helps in ensuring that mucus has been cleared off before breathing takes place.
  7. At times, the herb has been used for treating various ailments such as colds, fever and even coughs.

Dosage and Administration

It is highly advisable for you to first of all consult your doctor first if you are planning to use lungwort for any medicinal purposes. This is important as the doctor will know the right dosage to recommend to you and the type of administration to be used.

  1. In most cases, the ailment that you have will solely determine the dose of the herb you need to take in order to provide you with positive results thereafter.
  2. Administration can either be in form of tea, tinctures or capsules depending on the doctor taking care of you.
  3. If you are pregnant, it is important to ensure that you have followed the instructions provided by your physician so that you can prevent any inconveniences from being caused in the long run.

Parts Used

The leaves of lungwort, which are the main parts that are used in medicine, tend to have no strange smell. However, when the leaves are still fresh, they have astringent taste. While this is the case, it is important for the leaves to be demulcented first before being used. This means that the egg shaped leaves are the main parts that are used when it comes to lungwort.  


Lungwort has several benefits which are important especially because they are part and parcel of our lives.

  1. It helps in detoxifying our lungs in order to ensure that there are no toxins that can harm us in anyway.
  2. At times, our entire respiratory system can be weak due to one reason or the other and that’s when lungwort jets in to ensure that our respiratory system has been strengthened, maintained and nourished in order for us to live whole again.
  3. It has helped to ensure that all the pulmonary conditions has been kept at bay and this in turn has helped people live longer and healthy lives.


Side Effects

There is some side effects that you are bound to get especially if you don’t follow the instructions as provided by your physician. It is important to ensure that you follow the instructions to the top notch to prevent side effects such as:

  1. You become drowsy all of a sudden due to an overdose
  2. Restlessness which may result to insomnia.
  3. Vomiting or feeling nauseated all the time.

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