Lungwort

 

PULMONARIA OFFICINALIS

COMMON NAME  : Lungwort

FAMILY  :        Boraginaceae  (Borage family)


HABITAT / GROWING :

Introduced to the British Isles


PARTS USED :  leaves.


TRADITIONAL & MODERN USE:

Traditionally regarded as a restorative remedy for chest complaints. However, its reputation is likely to have been inflated by the Doctrine of Signatures that saw in the speckled leaves the “sign” of its use for lung disease.


Soothing and promotes sweating. The saponin content is responsible for the herb’s expectorant action. Mineral

salts, especially silica, probably contribute to its healing qualities. The presence of allantoin along with tannins

gives it the same kind of usefulness for the gastrointestinal tract that is found in comfrey.


CONSTITUENTS:

·        Allantoin.

·        Tannins

·        Silica