In Bulgarian folk medicine, Lungwort is used for sore throat, bronchitis, shortness of breath, pulmonary tuberculosis and other lung problems.
Pulmonaria officinalis L.
Other names: Common lungwort, Mary's tears, Our Lady's milk drops
Lungwort is a herbaceous rhizomatous evergreen perennial plant of the genus Pulmonaria, belonging to the family Boraginaceae. The basal leaves are green, cordate, more or less elongated and pointed and always with rounded and often sharply defined white or pale green patches. The upper surface of the leaves has tiny bumps and it is quite hairy. The leaves of this host plant are eaten by the caterpillars of the moth Ethmia pusiella. In spring, the plant produces small bunches of flowers. The 5-petal flowers are red or pink at first, later turn to blue-purple during the anthesis, by changing the pH value inside of the petals.
It grows in shady scrub and moist deciduous forests. Widespread throughout Bulgaria up to 1500 m above sea level.
The herb has an expectorant and softening, anti-inflammatory, diuretic effect.
Lungwort - dried leaves
Application: as an aid in catarrh, angina, bronchitis, asthma, diarrhea, etc.
Method of preparation: Add 1 tablespoon of the herb to 500 ml of hot water and leave for 1 hour. It is filtered and drunk in 3 equal parts during the day before meals.
To be taken only on prescription and under medical supervision!
Packing: 25 g