Herbal Profile: Mullein

Herbal Profile: Mullein

Mullein, also known as Verbascum thapsus, is a plant native to Europe, Asia, and Africa. It has a long history of use in traditional medicine, dating back to ancient Greece and Rome.

The leaves, flowers, and roots of the mullein plant are used to make herbal remedies for a variety of conditions. It has been used as a natural treatment for respiratory ailments, skin irritations, and even digestive issues.

Mullein was also used by Native American tribes as a remedy for respiratory problems. The Cherokee, for example, used the plant as a poultice for chest colds and as a tea for asthma.

In addition to its medicinal uses, mullein has also been used for practical purposes. The soft, fuzzy leaves of the plant were once used as a natural substitute for toilet paper, and the dried stalks were used to make torches.

Today, mullein is widely available in various forms, including tea, tinctures, capsules, and oils. It is considered safe for most people when used as directed, although it may cause skin irritation in some individuals.

Personally, we enjoy making mullein root tincture. We have found for us and our friends & family, that the mullein root tincture eases back and neck discomfort.

  • We cover chopped dried mullein roots with 100 proof alcohol and let it macerate for 4-6 weeks.
  • Next we strain off the alcohol, cover the roots in water and let it macerate in the refrigerator for 4-6 weeks.
  • Then we combine both the alcohol and water together.
  • We find that 1-2mls is a good starting point. Usually 20-30 minutes pass before we feel relief.

    This link has more information about Mullein and uses for all of its parts.

Overall, mullein has a rich history and continues to be valued for its many health benefits. Whether you're looking for a natural remedy for a respiratory ailment or simply want to enjoy its soothing properties, mullein is definitely worth considering.

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