Pulmonaria or pulmonaria officinalis provides extraordinary therapeutic privileges, particularly for the treatment of pulmonary pathologies. This plant from Europe (Switzerland and France) is a member of the boraginaceae family. Its other names are Bethlehem sage, cowslip, tac grass, heart grass or Notre Dame grass. Named lungenkraut in German and lungwort in English, this natural remedy contains saponins, minerals and chlorogenic acid. It is a herbaceous vulnerary, diuretic, sudorific, astringent and hemostatic which treats diseases. It also brings together several effective components such as flavonoids, mucilage, silica and alkaloids and tannins. We will discover below all that it can offer us in terms of health and culinary art.
All the therapeutic solutions offered by this plant
This wild weed regulates more airway problems especially ;
- pulmonary tuberculosis,
- the spitting of blood,
- inflammation of the throat,
- and bronchitis.
She treats digestive diseases such as hemorrhoid, diarrhea and dysentery. It also allows the kidney treatment (kidney stones), stranguria, bladder anemia and urination disorder. I’allantoin is another chemical element present in the lungwort. This compound participates in the protection of the skin and facilitates healing.
It is certain that regular consumption of this officinal herb can effectively improve the bronchial system.
All shapes available
In phytotherapeutic use, you can access different forms. Indeed, after the transformation of the aerial parts, the pulmonary is sold in several guises: dried or dehydrated leaves, crushed or mixed powders, plasters, capsule or tablet extracts and tinctures.
For herbal teas, you have the choice between buying from a pharmacy or directly harvesting the fresh leaves.
Pulmonary: dosage and possibilities of use
It is also used in:
- Infusion, put 1 tbsp of flower and leaf mixture in boiling water (250 ml), wait ten minutes and drink three cups a day. If you don’t like the taste, you can add a few drops of honey.
- Decoction for heal skin wounds. This preparation is to be applied directly to the affected part.
In food use, young shoots or leaves can be prepared in the form of salad (raw).
Everything you have to pay attention to when using the lung
This edible plant is not toxic and does not cause danger. However, it is not recommended if you are on anticoagulant treatment or if you suffer from anemia. Women (in gestation) or breastfeeding should not use it either. If you do not respect a certain dose, genes such as abdominal cramps, boils or risk of vomiting may occur. So, it is always better to consult a practitioner.