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Lungwort (Pulmonaria officinalis)



mucus-forming, expectorant-promoting, tissue-firming, wound-healing, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, astringent

Areas of application:

Helps with all lung diseases, blood sputum, hoarseness, sore throat and chest, inflamed larynx and all stubborn lung diseases, bronchitis, coughs, dry coughs, wounds, burns, eczema, rashes, boils, ulcers, tuberculosis, hemorrhoids, catarrh of the trachea, asthma, whooping cough, diarrhea , stomach pain, bloating, indigestion, cystitis, urinary tract infections, kidney problems

Plant parts used:

Leaves, inflorescences, roots

Collection time:

March - June

To find:

In shady deciduous forests, mixed forests, on forest edges and bushes, occasionally in gardens


Expectorant, tannins, fats, invert sugar, saponins, silicic acid, phytosterol, resin, allantoin, flavonoids


☕ Tea: Pour 1/4 liter of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of herb and let it steep for 10 minutes. Then strain and drink 1 cup 3 times a day.

The tea mixed in equal parts with speedwell improves the healing of wounds and blood urine. The mixture with Icelandic moss promotes expectoration, with coltsfoot flowers loosens the mucus and with marshmallow roots softens the mucus.

Lungwort is a small plant that grows as a ground cover in partial shade and grows to a height of about 30 cm. The leaves look a little like a diseased lung, giving it the name lungwort and indicating its use in lung diseases. The light green leaves taper to a point at the end. The upper surface of the leaves is hairy and rough and they are covered with whitish or gray spots. Small clusters of petals appear in spring. Each flower has 5 pink-blue or purple petals. The seeds ripen in late May or June.

🛑 Do not overdose, as in this case side effects cannot be ruled out. Do not use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Lungwort can cause a skin rash in some people.

Due to the high silica content, it improves the elasticity of the lung tissue and strengthens it.

Lungwort leaves make herbal tobacco for pipes or self-made cigarettes.


Lungwort also helps pets when they suffer from a cough.

Hildegard von Bingen: It is not of much use to people. but the man whose lungs are swollen so that he coughs and breathes with difficulty, let him boil lungroot in wine and drink it often sober, and he will be healed.

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