When applied externally mullein relieves itching, burns, bruises and wounds. Mullein also has an antiviral action against the influenza virus. In ancient time, mullein leaves were used for hygienic purposes.
Mullein has woolly leaves and yellow flowers. It is a bitter, cooling herb that promotes healing. Mullein has antiviral, diuretic, analgesic, expectorant, antibacterial and anti-tumour properties. It contains beta carotene, calcium iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C.
- Acts as a laxative
- Used as a sleep aid, treat insomnia and nervous tension
- Clears congestion
- Useful to treat asthma, difficulty in breathing, coughs, bronchitis (removes mucus from the lungs)
- Used to treat urinary infections
- Used in kidney formulas to soothe inflammation
- Mullein flower oil drops is used as a remedy for earache
- When applied as a compresses, mullein helps in treating bronchitis, cysts, swollen glands, inflammation, sore throats and sore nipples.
- Fermentation made from the leaves is used to treat ulcers, and tumorous
- Mullein tea made of leaves or flowers is great to treat unproductive coughing
Please note: teas made from mullein must be carefully strained to trap the hairs of the plant, which can cause irritation or choking.
Did you know: some believe that keeping mullein in the shoe keeps one from catching a cold. Others believe that when carried in sachets negativity and demons are banished.