Benefits of Mullein plant
Mullein is a shrub native to South America and also to regions with warm climate. Its name comes from Germany (Konigskerza - king's candle - and also emperor's candle or royal taper). This herb is also known under its Latin name - Verbascum philomoides - and there is a saying according to which, when it blossoms, its yellow flower can be seen from a distance.
Description of Mullein plantMullein grows on dry barren places, sandy regions or on gravel, but usually it can be found at the edge of forests. Because of its straight firm stem, the herb can reach 150cm tall. Its stem is covered in leaves, giving the herb a winged form.
It's upper part is formed of yellow flowers which bloom all summer long. The harvesting of this herb begins in June and lasts until September. It is done early in the morning, after the dew has melted, between 11am-12pm. In order for them to be used, the flowers have to be dried in the sunlight or in rooms with temperatures of 50-60 degrees Celsius.
Proprieties and benefits of MulleinThe active compounds residing in mullein have expectorant, emollient, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antihistaminic and calming effects. Mullein is a considerable source for flavonoids, tannins, saponins, vegetal sterols, poliphenolcarboxilic acids, glicozide, glucidic substances, carotenoids.
Treatmentsv- Bronchitis can be treated with mullein tea, which has emollient and expectorant effects. Against hoarseness it is also recommended to consume tea made from a mixture of colt's foot, mallow root and mullein flowers. Mullein tea is recommended in treating coughing, laryngitis, asthma, flu.
- Liver and spleen disorders are treated with mullein enemas.
- Mullein syrup alleviates breathing problems, coughing, and sleeping disorders.
- Mullein decoct made of mullein flowers are known for having good results in treating hemorrhoids, furunculosis, burns and chilblains.
- Against dry complexions, a weak infusion is made from a mullein herb mashed in a cup of water. Small amounts of mullein have emollient and anti-inflammatory effects on the complexion if applied directly on the skin. Also the infusion is good for earaches.