Mullein is a plant with a long history of use for respiratory health, wound healing, and urinary tract infections.

This plant is also commonly called also called candlewick plant, velvet plant, blanket leaf, Aaron’s rod, Jacob’s staff, and old man’s flannel.

Historically, mullein has been used as a remedy for the respiratory tract, particularly in cases of irritating coughs with bronchial congestion.

Mullein has also been used for urinary tract infections (UTIs), earaches, as well as asthma.

FROM WIKIPEDIA: Mullein has been used medicinally since ancient times, and its use and popularity only seem to be increasing as time goes on. The leaves, flowers and roots of the mullein plant are used medicinally for the treatment of various inflammatory diseases, diarrhoea, asthma, coughs and other lung-related ailments.

An oil made from the flowers of the mullein plant is very commonly used to treat the pain and inflammation associated with earaches for children and adults alike. Mullein might even be able to fight influenza, herpes viruses and some bacteria that cause respiratory infections. (1)
Traditional use of mullein in its various forms includes the treatment of bruises, burns, haemorrhoids and gout. Preparations of mullein can be ingested, applied topically and even smoked. In the Appalachia region of the United States, the plant has historically been used to treat colds and upper airway infections. Additionally, mullein leaves have been applied topically to soften and protect the skin. (2)

Mullein Plant Nutrition Facts

Mullein is the name for any of the over three hundred species of the genus Verbascum, which are large biennial or perennial herbs native to northern temperate regions, especially eastern Eurasia. Common mullein (Verbascum thapsus) grows up to seven feet tall and has a single stem with large, thick, velvety leaves and pale-yellow, slightly irregular flowers. Common mullein is the type of mullein that you will most commonly find in mullein products.
Mullein contains flavonoids, saponins, tannins, terpenoids, glycosides, carbohydrates, proteins, fats and oils. (3) Mullein also contains approximately 3 percent mucilage, which is thought to be responsible for the soothing actions that mullein has on the body’s mucous membranes. Mullein’s saponins are believed to be the explanation for mullein’s expectorant actions. (4)


1. Ear Infections
Mullein has well-established emollient and astringent properties making it an excellent choice for temperamental ear ailments. A tincture containing mullein alone or a combination of mullein and other herbs is commonly found in health stores (and online) as a tried-and-true natural remedy for ear aches and infections. A study published in The Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in 2001 concluded that an herbal ear drop with mullein were just as effective as an anesthetic one. (5)
People also use mullein oil to naturally treat their dog’s ear infections and other health problems with success. That’s right — don’t forget that natural remedies can be used on your animal friends too! (6)

2. Calm Bursitis
Bursitis is a painful condition that affects the small, fluid-filled sacs (called bursae) that cushion the bones, tendons and muscles near your joints. Bursitis occurs when the bursae become inflamed. The most common locations for bursitis are in the shoulder, elbow and hip.
To help bursitis naturally with mullein, you can simply prepare some mullein tea and soak a clean cloth in the warm tea. The cloth can then be regularly applied over the affected region, which should help to decrease inflammation and serve as a natural remedy for bone and joint pain. You can also create a mullein poultice.

Always consult a medical practitioner before embarking on any program. The information on this page is not diagnostic, therefore always consult a herbal practitioner or your GP in order to obtain a diagnosis. Never stop taking prescribed treatment without consulting your GP or a qualified herbal practitioner. Do not take without qualified medical advice.

Grow Notes
Prefers full sun in moist, well-draining soil.

Sow direct or raise seedlings in Spring or Autumn, by placing on the soil surface and pressing gently to ensure soil contact. Can scatter sand very thinly over if needed to stop birds eating the seed but do not fully cover as they need light to germinate.

Keep soil moist, not wet.

14-30 days at 18-21°C

100 days.

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