What is Mullein?
Mullein is a common biennial plant with hairy leaves and little yellow blooms that smell like Honey that is native to Europe, northern Africa, and Asia and was introduced to the United States in the 18th century.
Medicinal plants, such as the Mullein plant, are used as food, and herbal medicine stretches far back into history, with many of the ancient physicians recommending its use for various complaints.
Mullein is an exceptional, safe, and effective respiratory tonic. Mullein has a history of use as a treatment for respiratory tract problems, including bronchitis and COPD, to name a few. It acts as an expectorant, assisting in the expulsion of mucus, and It aids in the opening of the lungs, alleviates spasms, tightness, and coughing, and calms irritation and dryness.
What are the medicinal benefits of Mullein?
Mullein can be used to assist in the detoxification of the lungs following smoking cessation.
Inhaling steam from its leaves or drinking the tea can assist chest congestion by breaking up and clearing out tar that has built up in the lungs. Additionally, it can assist in cleansing and soothing the bronchial tubes and strengthening the lungs.
Mullein has been shown to have effective antibacterial properties which are effective against Klebsiella pneumonia, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermis, and Escherichia coli (also known as E Coli) in antibacterial studies conducted by researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina.
One test-tube study, for example, looked at a variety of therapeutic plants and discovered that mullein extract was particularly efficient against the influenza virus.
Other research suggests that mullein extract may be effective against pseudorabies, a herpes virus. It can be used to disinfect wounds, soothe burns, and treat hemorrhoids.
While pneumonia is a dangerous illness that should only be handled by trained medical personnel, taking Mullein during the flu season can help keep the lungs clear and prevent pneumonia from developing.
What are the benefits of Mullein?
Respiratory Health With demulcent, expectorant, and astringent properties, Mullein leaves and flowers are rich in saponins which are now thought to be responsible for the potent respiratory tract benefits of this herb.
They also contain mucilage which coats and soothes irritated mucus membranes, whilst their expectorant qualities help to expel congestion from the lungs.
FUN FACT: Mullein also enjoyed a magical reputation as a protector against witches and their spells.
What Are The Precautions?
At the time of writing, there have been no reports of serious side effects from Mullein, according to anecdotal data and published studies, but numerous positive reports & studies with regard to the beneficial effects of Mullein; however, as with most herbal remedies, it is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women without proper consultation with a qualified herbalist or GP.
A natural Herbal Treatment for Earaches
Mullein has long been known for its emollient and astringent characteristics, which makes it a good herbal remedy for ear pain and acute ear infections.
A Mullein Herbal Tincture as either a dried or fresh plant tincture made from the mullein leaves or mullein flower or a combination of Mullein and other herbs is widely available as a time-tested natural remedy for ear pain such as earaches and acute ear infections.
In 2001, a study published in The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine concluded that a herbal ear drop containing Mullein was just as effective as an anesthetic ear drop.
Mullein oil is also used successfully to treat ear infections and other health issues in dogs, so don’t forget that natural remedies can also be used on your animal companions!
Mullein & Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Mullein is classified as an expectorant, which promotes mucus discharge, as well as a demulcent, which soothes and protects mucous membranes. As such, Mullein has traditionally been used as a remedy for respiratory conditions, particularly in cases of an irritating dry cough with bronchial congestion or wet coughs with discharge. It is now considered the go-to herbal remedy for people suffering from COPD or any other respiratory tract health condition.
Mullein Leaf Herbal Tea
Mullein leaf may be used to make a nourishing tea that has been used in traditional medicine for centuries.
Tea made from this yellow flowering plant might aid with sore throats, irritating coughs, colds, hoarseness, and bronchitis.
Some people also take it to help with digestive issues, including diarrhoea and joint discomfort.
The leaves are simply boiled in boiling water and then filtered to make the tea and drunk 2-3 times per day.
Mullein Leaf Tea Ingredients:
1 ½ cups boiling water
1-2 teaspoons dried mullein leaves and/or flowers (flowers make a sweeter tea)
1 teaspoon dried spearmint (optional for flavor)
Raw Honey (to taste) – We will be providing further information on Honey’s additional cough-relieving properties on our blog, so sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know when it is published.
Steep the Mullein leaves in a bowl with the hot water for 5 minutes in a tea ball or strainer.
If you prefer a sweeter tea, add Honey or a natural sweetener such as Stevia Powder.
If the taste of Mullein doesn’t appeal to you, making an inhalant is another excellent approach to achieve the full benefits of this amazing herb, as irritating coughs, congestion, and asthma can be relieved by boiling the leaves in water for 5 minutes and inhaling the steam.
What other names is Mullein known by?
Rod, Adam’s Flannel, American Mullein, Beggar’s Blanket, Blanket Herb, Blanket Leaf, Bouillon Blanc, Bouillon Jaune, Candleflower, Candlewick, Cierge Cotonneux, Cierge de Notre-Dame, Clot-Bur, Clown’s Lungwort, Cuddy’s Lungs, Duffle, European Mullein, Faux Bouillon-Blanc, Feltwort, Flannelflower, Fleur de Grand Chandelier, Fluffweed, Gidar Tamaku, Gordolobo, Hag’s Taper, Hare’s Beard, Hedge Taper, Herbe de Saint-Fiacre, Herbe Saint Fiacre, Higtaper, Jacob’s Staff, Longwort, Molène, Molène à Grandes Fleurs, Molène Bouillon-Blanc, Molène Faux-Phlomis, Molène Thapsus, Orange Mullein, Oreille de Loup, Oreille de Saint Cloud, Our Lady’s Flannel, Queue de Loup, Rag Paper, Shepherd’s Club, Shepherd’s Staff, Tabac du Diable, Torch Weed, Torches, Velvet Plant, Verbasci Flos, Wild Ice Leaf, Verbascum densiflorum, Verbascum phlomides, Verbascum thapsiforme, Verbascum thapsus, Woolen, Woolly Mullein.
Benefits of Mullein Leaf to Stop Smoking
Herbalists frequently recommend mullein leaf to people who are trying to quit smoking.
Internal use of the tea or tincture is frequently recommended to maintain lung health while also utilising it as a smoking herb to help fight the urge to smoke.
Inhaling mullein smoke, while it may seem contradictory, is a technique to directly deliver Mullein’s relaxant characteristics to the lungs, allowing them to ease constrictions and aid in cough relief and discharge of mucus.
This procedure, like anything else, can be overused, but when done correctly, it can yield spectacular and speedy effects.
Benefits of Mullein Root for the Bladder
Mullein root is also used to treat stress incontinence, pregnancy incontinence, menopausal incontinence, and infantile incontinence, among other things. Interstitial cystitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia are two conditions that can benefit from it (BPH, enlarged prostate).
‘Mullein root strengthens the bladder muscles. I am no longer a moon woman, having passed over the moon a few years back. Other than an occasional hot flash, I experienced no other discomforts associated with my new state of being ~ except, when I laughed too hard, tears rolled down my legs. Mullein root took care of that problem! Harvest the first year root, preferably in autumn, clean it well and dry it. Then grind it to a fine powder in a coffee grinder or blender and fill #00 capsules with the powder. Take two with each meal for six weeks. This is also excellent for children with weak bladders and the embarrassing side-effect of wet beds’.
Source: Williamson, Darcey. Healing Plants of the Rocky Mountains. McCall, ID: From the Forest, 2002
Mullein leaves have also be used in traditional herbal medicine as a poultice on the skin. In order to use Mullein as a poultice, whole/flat leaves can be dried or frozen.
What is a tincture:
Herbal tinctures are simply a preparation of alcohol and water in which the fresh or dried medicinal herb is steeped over several weeks so that the active ingredients, beneficial phytochemicals, and herbal constituents are extracted into the liquid. Always follow the dosage instructions and usage information on the product label.
Where To Buy Mullein?
Our Mullein Herbal Tincture is a practitioner-grade Mullein tincture using high-quality, natural ingredients that have been sustainably sourced, harvested, and quality-assured.
It’s free of additives and synthetics, and it’s been tested for batch purity before being processed in the UK to GMP standards to prevent contamination and adulteration.
All of our herbal tinctures can be traced back to their original source and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
So, in order to ensure that you’re getting the best quality mullein tincture and an effective treatment for many respiratory tract health conditions made in the UK by NIMH registered herbalists, the best option is to buy it from us. We’re committed to providing our customers with high-quality products and exceptional customer service at prices we think you’ll find hard to beat.