Latin Name : Verbascum Thapsus
The mullein plant has been around for thousands of years. The leaves are almost odorless and with a bitter taste. The main ingredient they contain is gum and resin, a little tannin and a trace of volatile oil.
Mullein is a popular natural remedy most often used to treat respiratory disorders since ancient times, but it also has many other medicinal uses.
- Cold and Flu: Mullein has expectorant and anti-bacterial properties, which make drinking mullein tea helpful if you have a cold or flu with lots of congestion. It is the saponins in mullein that give it its expectorant properties.
- Allergies, Asthma, & Bronchitis : Mullein is a great treatment for allergies, asthma, and bronchitis for the same reasons that it helps with colds and flu – it is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, a natural expectorant and reduces phlegm.
- Ear Infection: Mullein flower oil works as a natural remedy against ear infections. It is believed that this may be due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
- Digestive Health: Drinking mullein has been found to help a number of digestive problems including diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, and bladder infections.
- Cramps: Mullein has anti-spasmodic properties that help with menstrual cramps or stomach cramps associated with gastric distress.
- Sedative Effects: Mullein has natural sedative benefits and may be helpful in the treatment of insomnia and anxiety.