Mullein is sold in the form of teas, supplements, drops and tinctures. You can make your own tea with Mullein leaves. The leaves, stem and flowers are safe to consume but beware of its seeds as they are toxic.
Mullein has been in use for its effectiveness in treating Tuberculosis since the 16th century. It has antibacterial and expectorant properties which are essentially used in the treatment of TB. Studied in the early 19th century showed that if used in the early stages of the disease, Mullein could bring about a full recovery.
The antibacterial and expectorant properties in Mullein are due to the presence of saponins, which makes drinking Mullein tea beneficial in case of cold or flu with. It relieves the congestion and gets rid of excess mucus in the airways.
Mullein helps in treatment for allergies, asthma and bronchitis, as it does in treatment of Tuberculosis. It is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and reduces phlegm to ease these conditions. It’s flower’s oil also helps with ear infections.
Drinking Mullein tea helps in a number of conditions like Diarrhea, constipation, bladder problems and haemorrhoids. It can also be as a deworming agent to get rid of intestinal worms.
It also has antispasmodic properties that help with menstrual cramps and stomach cramps caused due to gastric distress.
Mullein has natural sedative effects and can help in bringing about drowsiness and sleep. This effect can be exercised to treat conditions like insomnia, anxiety and chronic fatigue.
In case of rashes, burns, cuts and blisters, applying mullein oil directly to the affected area of the skin will bring relief from the discomfort. It also kills the bacteria contributing to these conditions and destroys any inflammation left behind.
Conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis cause inflammation of joints. To get relief from this pain, you could massage mullein oil onto the joints. It will reduce inflammation and swelling.