The periodic fun filled visit to my local co-op did not disappoint this weekend. I originally went there in order to obtain some Lady’s Mantle because it is going to be the herb for the next season in the Cosmophilia’s Herbal Experiential Group. But, alas, no Lady’s Mantle was to be found. So, I will have to obtain the dried herb on-line.
However, while I was there I decided to go ahead and cruise the
herbal shelf for my next “let’s just pick something out and take it home”game of herbal learning. And Lungwort said – pick me pick me! So, I did.
Later, I found out that Lungwort is such a pretty little plant! Also that you can eat the leaves in salads or dry them for use in teas, or use to make a poultice for various external healings. So, the tea can be used for respiratory problems, coughs, asthma, flu, colds, hoarseness. The poultice is used for open wounds, ulcers, sores, etc.
I found it interesting with the tea that Lungwort is sometimes used in conjunction with Coltsfoot, which was my last herbal pick from the co-op. And also this odd little theme from this season in that the herbs I have been working with including Coltsfoot, Slippery Elm, Shepherd’s Purse and now Lungwort are all known for their soothing properties and related to the throat, coughs, colds, etc…
And guess who was not sick even ONCE this winter? This girl here that is who!
So, magically, I learned that Lungwort was once used in combination with other ingredients to make a mixture that could be given to a woman in order to determine whether she was a witch. Lungwort is also supposed to be able to shift any stagnant situation into gear, possibly calm mental irritation and one source said it is particularly useful when dealing with someone in hysterics. LOL. I need to feed this to some of the
people I work with apparently.