Lungwort Pulmonaria officinalis 16 oz. powder herb
Traditional uses For coughs,. wheezings and shortness of breath. As anastringent it can be used in lotions to stay the moist humours that flow to ulcers and hinder their healing. It is also used to wash ulcers of the privy parts. It is drying and binding and will stop inward bleeding and too great a flux of the menses.As a syrup it is good for consumptions and disorders of the chest and as a remedy against the yellow jaundice.
It has recently been found that the lungwort lichens contain antibiotic chemicals that are effective against the kind of bacteria that cause tuberculosis and many other chest infections.
The leaves of this plant, which are the part that has been used in medicine, have no peculiar smell, but when fresh have a slight astringent and mucilaginous taste, hence they have been supposed to be demulcent and pectoral, and have been used in coughs and lung catarrhs in the form of an infusion.