mullein (Verbascum thapsus):

The Mullein’s plant towering flower stalk with golden yellow flowers can be seen presiding over fields and open spaces throughout most of the world. The common name Mullein is a derivation of the Latin word ‘Mollis’ which means soft and refers to the texture of the leaves. The plant is native to Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa and Asia and has been widely naturalized in North America and Australia.

Mullein Used For?

Medicinal Uses: Contains mucilage, saponins, bitter glycosides including aucubin. The flowers can either be used as an infusion for sore throats or as a tincture for dry and chronic coughs. The leaves can be used in a similar way and have also been smoked for asthma and tuberculosis. The flowers can be infused in oil and used to treat ear infections.


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  • cough
  • congestion
  • bronchitis
  • asthma
  • constipation
  • pain
  • inflammation
  • migraine
  • sleep
  • gout

Other Uses: Sometimes referred to as the “Andrex plant” the leaves make a good alternative to toilet paper.  The flower spike can be used as a hand drill for friction fire lighting.

Side effects:

Based on  published studies, there are no reports of major side effects from mullein.

Some species of mullein may cause contact dermatitisTrusted Source, a skin reaction that can cause itching, rash, and irritation. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergic reactions, be sure to do a patch skin test before using mullein on your skin.

There’s no information on safety for use during pregnancy, while breastfeeding, or in infants and very young children. Talk to your doctor before considering mullein leaf if any of these apply to you.

Bacterial or viral infections can pose serious health risks. Before self-treating these infections with mullein leaf, consult your doctor.

If you have any serious chronic health conditions, talk to your doctor about the safety of mullein leaf for you.


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