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Mullein

Also indexed as:Verbascum thapsus
Mullein: Main Image© Eric Yarnell
Botanical names:
Verbascum thapsus

Parts Used & Where Grown

Mullein is native to much of Europe and Asia and is naturalized to North America. There are over 360 species of Verbascum with V. thapsus, V. phlomides, and V. densiflorum mentioned most often in herbal texts. The leaves and flowers are both used medicinally.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Asthma
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Mullein, which has a soothing effect on bronchioles, has traditionally been used for asthma.
Bronchitis
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Mullein has been used traditionally as a remedy for the respiratory tract, including bronchitis. It works as an expectorant, meaning it helps expel mucus.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
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Mullein is traditionally used for its ability to promote the discharge of mucus and to soothe mucous membranes.
Common Cold and Sore Throat
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Mullein has soothing and mucus-expelling properties, which accounts for its historical use as a remedy for irritating coughs with bronchial congestion.
Cough
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Mullein has a long history of use for relieving coughs.
Ear Infections
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Ear drops with mullein, St. John's wort, and garlic in an oil or glycerin base are traditional remedies used to alleviate symptoms, particularly pain, during acute ear infections.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

Mullein leaves and flowers are classified in traditional herbal literature as expectorants (promotes the discharge of mucus) and demulcents (soothes irritated mucous membranes). Historically, mullein has been used by herbalists as a remedy for the respiratory tract, particularly in cases of irritating coughs with bronchial congestion.1 Some herbal texts extend the therapeutic use to pneumonia and asthma.2 Due to its mucilage content, mullein has also been used topically by herbalists as a soothing emollient for inflammatory skin conditions and burns.

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