We study the healing properties of lungwort
A herbaceous plant with a mellifluous name lungwort is found in coniferous and deciduous forests, in glades, in shallow ravines, along plantings. The healing properties of lungwort, as well as its decorative characteristics, were made to cultivate this flower. Surprisingly, flowers of different shades are combined on one stem – pink, blue, red, purple, white. This is explained by the presence of plant pigments of anthocyanins, which react differently to the acidity of the petals. The same unique pigments provide the culture with high medicinal properties..
Medunitsa – description, composition, characteristics
Lungwort is one of the first to appear on forest edges in spring after snow melts. It begins to bloom early, attracting a large number of bees, from which it got its name – lungwort or honeydew. The plant has another name – pulmonaria, meaning lungs or pulmonary. It is often called a pulmonary grass among the people, since it has long been used for the prevention and treatment of the respiratory system..
It is a perennial plant that grows to a height of only 30 cm. The culture belongs to the borage family, has an erect stem and large lanceolate leaves. The flowers are separate, outwardly similar to small bells. The root is large, thick, forms tubers. The lungwort ripens a fruit that looks like a nut. The grass does not tolerate heat, so it prefers to grow in the shade of tall trees or bushes. Read also about the apple tree lungwort!
The chemical composition of lungwort is extensive:
- anthocyanins are pigment substances with a bactericidal effect, in nature they give color to different parts of plants – leaves, flowers, fruits;
- flavonoids – organic compounds with high antioxidant activity, which helps people fight bad mood;
- tannins – astringent substances of natural origin, inhibit the reproduction and development of pathogenic microflora, on the skin and mucous membranes, in the intestines;
- saponins – complex organic compounds endowed with the property of foaming, in the human body enhance the processes of mucus formation and salivation;
- allantoin is a natural oxidation product that has anesthetic and anti-inflammatory effects;
- ascorbic acid – commonly known as vitamin C, which increases resistance to infections, viruses, diseases;
- silicic acid – a plant component that promotes the elimination of toxins and toxins, normalizing the function of the gastrointestinal tract;
- beta-carotene – the most important of the carotenes, is converted into vitamin A under the action of liver enzymes;
- vitamins – simple organic compounds that enter the body with food, participating in important processes in a living body;
- microelements and macroelements – a group of mineral substances that have a high vital need for a person.
Why is lungwort useful for health
The medicinal properties of lungwort are manifested in diseases of the upper respiratory system – tracheitis, bronchitis, pneumonia. The herb helps to recover even in the most severe and advanced cases of hemoptysis. The lungwort is especially useful if you suffer from a dry, unproductive cough, accompanied by a hoarse voice, hoarseness. In just a few days of its use, sputum is easily coughing up and well excreted from the body..
Medunitsa medicinal is used for disorders of the genitourinary system – cystitis, urinary incontinence, nephritis, urethritis, stones and sand in the ducts of the liver, kidneys, biliary tract. The plant quickly relieves inflammation, reduces pain and spasms.
The culture is distinguished by its ability to heal. Anthocyanins contained in it stop internal and external bleeding, promotes tissue regeneration, and relieve pain symptoms.
Thanks to bioflavonoids, which are part of the lungwort in high concentration, the plant has a positive effect on the nervous system. Brewing leaves and flowers every day instead of tea can cope with stress and depression without medication..
The plant has a beneficial effect on the function of hematopoiesis, stimulates the production of red blood cells of erythrocytes. Because of this ability, lungwort is recommended for the prevention and treatment of anemia, as an independent component, or as part of medicinal fees.
Due to its high iodine content, the herb is beneficial for the thyroid gland and is used to treat goiter. It is with a lack of this element that many violations and pathologies of the organ arise, dysfunction occurs, the production of necessary hormones decreases.
The plant is widely used for cosmetic purposes – it improves the quality of the skin and nails, reduces the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation, and prevents premature aging. Lungwort for hair is used when it falls out heavily, splits, becomes weakened and lifeless.
The healing properties of lungwort
In folk medicine, the herb lungwort has long established itself from an extremely positive side. It is safe for children and adults, the elderly, it is allowed for use during pregnancy and lactation..
Lungwort – useful properties and uses:
- Expectorant. The plant is widely used internally in the treatment of various diseases of the pulmonary-bronchial tree, for example, pneumonia, asthma, tuberculosis.
- Antimicrobial. Infusions and decoctions based on lungwort are used for skin diseases, tissue damage by bacterial infections. They make baths with it, lubricate painful places, apply lotions.
- Pain reliever. The herb effectively relieves the condition with exacerbation of gastric ulcer or duodenal ulcer. As an auxiliary measure, it helps with gastritis, pancreatitis, duodenitis.
- Antispasmodic. Culture promotes relaxation of the smooth muscles of the internal organs. It is often used for colic, heart failure.
- Sedative. Tea from lungwort soothes the nervous system, relieves stress and irritation, helps fight stress, heals migraines, relieves headaches.
- Anti-inflammatory. Infusion of lungwort inside removes inflammation in diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. When applied externally, it relieves swelling, itching, redness.
- Antiseptic. Decoction of dried leaves and flowers of honeycomb gargle with sore throat, laryngitis, pharyngitis. A warm liquid is kept in the mouth if there is an inflammation of the mucous membranes or gums with gingivitis, stomatitis, periodontitis.
- Diuretic. The lungwort has a mild diuretic effect. With constant use, it helps to wash out sand, destroys stones, evens out the acid-base balance.
- Hematopoietic. The stems and leaves of the plant contain all the necessary complex of trace elements necessary for the full and timely production of red blood cells. The complex contains iron, copper, manganese, iodine, selenium, silicon and potassium.
- Immunomodulatory. The high content of trace elements such as iodine and silicon, antioxidants, allows the use of lungwort to strengthen the immune system. It increases the body’s resistance and resistance to various kinds of infections, improves defenses and mechanisms, is used to prevent colds, respiratory viral diseases.
Can lungwort harm people
Medicines from lungwort do not have strict restrictions on their use. Very young children and adolescents, adults, and the elderly are successfully treated with medicinal herbs. If you cannot collect the herb yourself, find the plant from traditional healers or local herbalists, then you can purchase it in bulk or in the form of filter bags at the pharmacy. It is permissible for children to use lungwort from the age of 3 years. Outwardly allowed lungwort during pregnancy, inside during this period it is better not to take it.
How to use medunica medicinal
The healing properties of lungwort are concentrated in the ground part of the plant – leaves and flowers. They are carefully cut during flowering along with the stem, dried, tied in bunches. The dried herb is ground, decoctions, infusions are prepared on the basis of the finished raw materials, and medicinal tea is brewed. Lungwort combines well with many other medicinal plants, so it is often included in the composition of medicinal herbs..
In England and France, fresh flowers and leaves of lungwort are used as edible decor in restaurant dishes and desserts..
Popular recipes with lungwort:
- Broth. For half a liter of water, you need a handful of dry crushed grass. The liquid is brought to a boil, boiled for 15 minutes. When the liquid cools down, filter it and drink half a glass twice a day – in the morning and in the evening after meals..
- Infusion. A tablespoon of dried raw materials is poured with a glass of boiling water. The liquid should be infused for 2 hours, then it is passed through cheesecloth. The resulting infusion is used for its intended purpose: internally – for one day, in three doses or externally – for washing, rinsing, lotions, compresses and so on.
- Tea. Fresh or dry parts of the plant (stems, leaves, flowers) are useful to brew and drink instead of traditional tea or coffee. The healing properties of lungwort are a good prevention of many diseases for children and adults..
- Alcoholic infusion. The third part of the selected glass container is filled with fresh grass, if a dried mixture is taken, then – by a quarter. The rest of the volume is topped up with high-quality vodka or alcohol diluted up to 40 °. The liquid is infused in a dark place for 2 weeks. The tincture is taken one teaspoon 3 times a day half an hour before meals. The course of treatment is 1 month.
Application of fresh lungwort
The cut grass can be used immediately without waiting for it to dry. Leaves and flowers are finely chopped, turning into gruel. The prepared mass is applied to non-healing ulcers, deep and small cuts, used for burns and frostbite. The tool is able to get rid of corns and corns, neglected or recently appeared. The juice and pulp of lungwort are added to home cosmetics – masks for the face and scalp.
Popular and effective use of lungwort in a hike for quick and high-quality wound healing.
Rules for the use of lungwort in field conditions (briefly):
- small scratches are washed and treated with plant juice, which is squeezed out of several leaves;
- when bleeding, a gruel should be applied from finely chopped green parts of the plant, then the blood will stop much faster;
- if suppuration occurs, then a bandage with lungwort pulp should be applied, the bandage should be changed as it becomes dirty several times a day;
- for insect bites, make lotions with juice or concentrated infusion of lungwort;
- if a bee has bitten, then a compress from a gruel of leaves and flowers will help relieve inflammation and swelling.
Discontinue external use when improvements are clearly visible, ulcers and wounds begin to heal, inflammation and redness disappear, pain and itching subside.
Treatment with herbs inside does not accept haste, the course is usually one or two months, depending on the results achieved. Using the beneficial properties of lungwort, contraindications are also taken into account. The plant is prohibited in case of individual intolerance, the development of an allergic reaction.