Lungwort

Pulmonaria, aka lungwort. So named because it was once used medicinally for lung ailments, but thankfully, we have better options available today. Don’t go eating it. Just enjoy the pretty spotted leaves and blue-purple flowers. I suppose if pulmonologists had a flower emblem, this would be it. Now I want to go sketch it and turn it into a fabric pattern…

Okay, I wrote that, and then I thought I’d go look it up, and apparently people do still use it medicinally. But I am not advocating that here.

Just in case you’re curious: “People take lungwort to treat breathing conditions, stomach and intestinal ailments, and kidney and urinary tract problems. Lungwort is also used in cough medicines, to relieve fluid retention, and to treat lung diseases such as tuberculosis. Some people apply lungwort directly to the skin as a drying agent (astringent) and to treat wounds.” — via WebMD

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