NAME : LUNGWORT
GAELIC NAME :
LATIN NAME : Pulmonaria officinalis.
COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Jerusalem
MEDICINAL PART : Flowering herb.
PLACES OF ORIGIN : Ireland
and in the northern parts of U.S.
HABITAT : Shady areas.
DESCRIPTION : Lungwort is a perennial plant. The horizontal creeping rootstock
produces several bristly stems with alternate, ovate, dark green leaves which are petioled
at the bottom of the plant and become sessile near the top.
FLOWERING PERIOD : The funnel-shaped flowers grow in terminal clusters from
March to May. They turn from rose-coloured to blue, both colours being found on the plant
at the same time.
PROPERTIES : Astringent
USES : Lungwort tea is used for diarrhoea, haemorrhoids, respiratory problems,
coughs, and hoarseness. It also has mildly diuretic properties. The decoction may be
beneficial for mild lung problems. Externally, the plant is used for all kinds of wounds.