Information on Mullein

Latin NameVerbascum thapsisphoto
Part UsedLeaf, Flowers
Herb FormsTincture, oil, bulk herb for tea.
AffectsUrinary system, Respiratory system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoA triennial from the Foxglove family with a tall stout wooly stem, alternate wooly leaves, and small yellow flowers with purple spots inside. The leaves are harvested at the end of the first year or beginning of the second year of growth; the flowers are
DescriptionMullein leaf is a highly-regarded, safe lung tonic of particular use for respiratory ailments, such as asthma, laryngitis, chronic bronchitis, and dry coughs. The leaves have an expectorant and soothing effect on the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract. Mullein is one herb recommended for children and adults to add to nearly all respiratory formulas. It can be considered to have a general tonic effect on the lungs. It is pleasant-tasting and not harsh, so the herb can be used as desired. The oil, made by infusing mullein flowers in olive oil, is beneficial for earache and inflammation. Two to five drops are placed in the ear several times daily.
Mullein is also cleansing to the lymphatic system and is helpful for relieving skin problems, such as psoriasis.

Mullein has a taste of ASTRINGENT, BITTER and a temperature of COOL.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture1-2 droppersful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Mullein

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Breath, shortness oflung tonictea, tincture, capsule
Cough, chronicsoothing to the respiratory tracttea, tincture, capsule
Ear [middle] inflammationantibacterialoil externally
Emphysema, mildlung tonictea, tincture, capsule
Lungs, weakrespiratory tonictea, tincture, capsule


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