Information on Lungwort

Latin NameLobaria Pulmonaria
Part UsedThallus
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb for tea.
AffectsUrinary system, Respiratory system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA flat leafy greyish-green leathery lichen that is epiphytic (hangs on) old-growth trees.
DescriptionLungwort is both expectorant and emollient, so it is useful for bronchitis and laryngitis. This lichen is often found as one of the ingredients in tea blends for coughs and may be safely given to children. Because of the lichen acids it contains, such as usnic acid, it has powerful antibacterial properties, especially against strep, staph, bacteria, and the organisms that are associated with tuberculosis and bacterial pneumonia.

Lungwort has a taste of BITTER and a temperature of COOL.


Decoction1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture2-4 droppersful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Lungwort

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Pneumoniaantibacterialtincture, tea
Bronchitisexpectoranttincture, tea
Laryngitisdemulcenttea, tincture


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