The leaves, flowers & roots are used medicinally for the treatment of various inflammatory diseases such as asthma, coughs & other lung ailments. It helps to fight influenza, herpes, respiratory infections & upper airway infections. It can help treat ear infections. It can calm bursitis by applying a poultice or even a cloth soaked in a tea. Mullein can help ease respiratory illnesses, bronchitis, dry coughs, sore throats, tonsillitis. The leaves contain an extract with a powerful antioxidant & anti-inflammatory which can help rid the body of mucus. It can help to sooth raw & inflamed tissues.
It's a potent disinfectant, anti-spasmodic, astringent & emollient, trophorestorative & adrenal tonic.
Mullein contains flavonoids, saponins, tannins, terpenoids, glycosides, carbohydrates, proteins, fats & oils. It's approximately 3% mucilage which has a soothing effect on the body's mucus membranes. The saponins are believed to be responsible for it's expectorant actions.
Smoking mullein is one of the least effective ways of using mullein's beneficial properties.
Mullein contains the essential nutrients Vit. C, Vit. B complex, Vit. E, Vit. D, magnesium & potassium. It's rich in antioxidants, boosts bone health & can increase absorption of calcium.
It's not recommended for nursing or pregnant women. It's been known to inhibit the effectiveness of anti-diabetic drugs. Mullen can intensify the effects of muscle relaxants & lithium. Never consume the seeds as they contain high levels of rotenone which may cause severe cramping, diarrhea, convulsions & vomiting. Use with caution if taking diuretics, anti-platelets, ibuprofen, naproxen & blood thinners.
Mullein oil is great for earaches in children & adults alike. To make the mullein oil you take 1 cup of mullen & 1/2 cup of olive oil. Either do a cool infusion or a heated one. Cool & strain. Place cooled drops in affected ear.
Mullein tea: 1-2 tsp. in 8 oz. boiling water, steep about 5 min. Strain & add a sweetner if you wish. drink 1-4 times daily.
Mullein tincture: 1/4 - 3/4 tsp. 3-4 times daily.