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LUNGWORT (PULMONARIA)

ABOUT LUNGWORT (PULMONARIA)

The structure of lungwort flowers bears resemblance with cowslip flowers, but their color is purple-blue. You can find lungwort in shady places, old parks and abandoned cemeteries. The plant can be easily recognized by its structure. It has lanceolate leaves at the root, they are smooth and even glossy, arranged in rosettes. The spike of the plant grows 8cm30cm long, and has oval, downy leaves. Lungwort flowers are of a blue and purple – red color. It must be noted that that this phenomenon is not so common in nature. The lungwort plant contains rare trace elements such as vanadium, titanium, silver, nickel, copper, as well as five types of flavonoids.

HOW TO USE LUNGWORT

Since ancient times this herb is used in the treatment of pulmonary diseases. This is evidenced by the Latin name of the plant – Pulmonaria: “pulmo” – means “lung”. Lungwort decoction is used for digestive disorders, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, as well as liver and kidney diseases. As the plant contains a complex of active trace elements that stimulate the blood, it is used in the treatment of anemia. Don’t worry about overdose, which may lead to the thickness of blood. The lungwort herb includes glycopeptide that acts as a direct anticoagulant (like heparin). In comparison with clover, meadowsweets, goldenrod, which also has bloodthinning properties, lungwort manifests this ability stronger. Now you understand why in folk medicine lungwort is considered to be so effective for the treatment and prevention of stroke, heart attack, endarteritis, diabetes and its sequelae.

The plant is good, but rare. It would be great, if someone managed to cultivate it.

TINCTURES, REMEDIES and RECIPES from LUNGWORT

LUNGWORT INFUSION

Pour 2 tbsp. of chopped tops with boiling water. Brew for 2 hours. Take ½ cup 4 times a day before meals in case of having ailments, described above.