Mullein Herbs

Common Name: Mullein is known as verbascum thapsus It is also known as Beggar's Blanket, Adam's Flannel, Jupiter's Staff and Velvet Plant.

Occurrence: Mullein is found in Turkey, Spain, South America, India and Haiti It grows extensively in the United States, where it can be found growing wild in fields and roadsides This herb grows well in dry soil, waste ground and uncultivated fields with plenty of sunshine Mullein is excellent to combat the symptoms of flu This fuzzy and tall plant grows up to two to seven feet in height and has yellow flowers.

Parts Used: A versatile herb, it can be applied, drunk, smoked or inhaled for medicinal purposes The mullein leaf and the flowers of the plant are used in tinctures, syrups, oils, and even used to gargle Mullein oil can cure ear pain and is good for curing eczema, hemorrhoids and wounds Mullein tea is good for stopping incessant coughing.

Medicinal Uses

This herb has several medicinal uses

  • The flower can be used as an expectorant and for pain relief The leaves of mullein can also be combined and used along with other herbs like thyme and coltsfoot The dried leaves are put into a tobacco pipe and smoked to cure coughs and irritation in the respiratory symptoms
  • Mullein tea is used to soothe coughs It can also act as a sedative
  • The flowers of this herb are used to treat migraines; these also act as bactericide and antibiotics
  • Poultice made with leaves of mullein can heal wounds as well as tumors, piles and ulcers
  • The plant juice as well as powder made with the dried roots can remove warts
  • When the flowers of mullein are mixed with olive oil, these can cure earache
  • Doctors say that mullein has astringent, emollient or soothing properties as well as acts as a demulcent or a calming substance
  • These properties in mullein can help treat bleeding in the lungs, in the bowels and can bring relief from symptoms of Tuberculosis
  • The sedative and narcotic properties in mullein can cure hemorrhoids, coughs and asthma
  • Applied externally, mullein can treat burns, frostbite and bruises It can also be used to treat skin ulcers and skin burns
  • Mullein is also believed to treat diarrhea
  • Some herbal practitioners believe that mullein syrup can treat coronary disorders such as angina and heart palpitations
  • Childhood ailments such as mumps, tonsils, measles, and chicken pox can be treated with mullein
  • Mullein is also used to make make-up products such as rouge and dyes

Administered As

Mullein is administered as tinctures, syrups and oils The dry leaves of the herb is also smoked and used in gargle