Mertensia, a wildflower named after German botanist F.C. Mertens, grows in cool, shady, moist areas and resembles oblong bluebells. Traditionally plants were believed to be shaped in the form of their healing properties, and this one was no different as its lung shaped leaves were thought to be a sign from God to treat lung diseases and so the plant is also known as lungwort. The flowers were used to make a tea to treat respiratory problems, asthma, cold, and flu, Externally it has been used to treat ulcers and sores. It is full of vitamins B and C as well as iron.
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