Mullein is a medicinal plant, a natural remedy.
The flowers are used to make Herbal Medicines. The leaves are used to soften and protect the skin.
Mullein flowers used in Herbal Medicine are harvested in the morning, after the dew, when the weather is nice. Drying should be rapid, on the collection day, in the sun, and stored in well ventilated rooms. Warning! Avoid harvesting of the species of Mullein flowers in shades of purple.
Benefits of Mullein
- Antibacterial activity: Mullein (Verbascum sinaiticum) has shown antimicrobial activity against strains of Staphylococcus aureus, Trichophyton mentagrophytes and Escherichia coli.
- Antioxidant activity: A species of mullein (Verbascum macrurum) has antioxidant activity. The assessment of antioxidant activities of its constituents established that mullein has the highest protection factor (PF(r)).
- Anti-tumoral activity: Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) has been studied for antitumor activity on five human liver cancer cell lines.
- Antiviral activity: Mullein (Verbascum thapsiforme) showed antiviral activity against the Herpes simplex virus.
The chemicals in mullein might be able to fight influenza and some bacteria that cause respiratory infections.
Mullein is used for cough, whooping cough, tuberculosis, bronchitis, hoarseness, pneumonia, earache, colds, chills, flu, swine flu, fever, allergies, tonsillitis, and sore throat.
Other uses include asthma, diarrhea, colic, gastrointestinal bleeding, migraines, joint pain, and gout. It is also used as a sedative, for cardiac arrhythmia, palpitations due to nervousness, and as a diuretic to increase urine output.
Mullein is applied to the skin for wounds, burns, hemorrhoids, bruises, frostbite, skin infections (cellulitis), and ear infections.
Stimulate the hair growth.
Drink the tea as an infusion of Mullein flower or use the infusion for local washes and poultices.
The infusion is recommended for cough of different etiologies (including asthmatic cough), for bronchitis, laryngitis, tracheitis, for cough, whooping-cough, tuberculosis, hoarseness, pneumonia.
Home remedies for internal use:
– Prepare the infusion of one teaspoon of dried flowers to one cup (200 ml) of boiling water. Leave the pot covered for 10-15 minutes; strain the tea through dense sieve, and drink the tea warm, one – two cups per day, with rare sips, or drink one tablespoon of tea every hour, which have effect in treating cough, bronchitis, laryngitis, tracheitis, and other respiratory diseases.
Being called “winter tea” this home remedy is in great demand in the cold season and should not be missing from the families who suffer from lung disease;
– Prepare an infusion of a tablespoon of follow mixture (equal parts of plants with synergistic effects): mullein flower, mallow, linden, coltsfoot leaves, and plantain (Botanical names: Plantago lanceolata, Plantago major) and one cup (250 ml) of boiling water; leave the mixture to infuse for 10 minutes, strain and sweeten with honey; drink the tea hot, two cups per day, to facilitate sputum, relieve cough and hoarseness.
Home remedies for external use:
– Decoction (the liquor resulting from concentrating the essence of a substance by heating or boiling, especially a medicinal preparation made from a plant) of 30 g of Mullein flowers and leaves to one liter of water; Boil the mixture for 3 minutes, filter and use it as a gargle at intervals of 30 minutes; the decoction has beneficial effects for hoarseness;
-The decoction of 60 g of leaves per liter of water; Boil the mixture for five minutes, strain the liquid and apply as a compress, use for local washes, as a bandage for burn skin, as poultices for painful ulcer, nail infection, abscess, frostbite, and hemorrhoids;
– The tincture is made from two handfuls of dried flowers, macerated in 500 ml (2 cups) of alcohol 70 ° for 7 days; after 7 days, strain the liquid and do gently massage on chest, or massage against rheumatic pain;
– The Oil is made from two handfuls of dried flowers, macerated for 7 days in 500 ml (2 cups) of sunflower oil or olive oil; This oil is used for a gentle massage in lung diseases or rheumatism.
There is no current information regarding mullein interactions.