Mullein - Verbascum Thapsus

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This Mullein (Verascum thapsus) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Mullein - Verbascum thapsus in the Scrophulariaceae or Figwort family

Part used: Flowers, leaves. Note: Flowers are used for the nervous system, flowers and leaves for the kidneys and respiratory system.

Taste/smell: Pleasant odor, sweet, bitter, mucilaginous.

Mental picture and specific indications: It is indicated for dry, harsh, hacking coughs, weak lungs, kidneys and nervous system. Symptoms are worse with a change of temperature, talking, sneezing and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:5 dry strength liquid extract: 10-40 drops 1-4 times per day.

Use: (a) Demulcent, (b) Expectorant, (c) Astringent, (d) Alterative.

The flowers are more demulcent and the leaves are more astringent. Mullein is used in hoarseness, coughs, bronchitis, whooping cough, asthma, hay fever and other respiratory conditions. It is also used in colic, constipation, facial neuralgia and urinary tract irritation.

Externally, the fresh flower oil is used for earaches, but I rarely use oils for ear aches, as I find tincture is much safer in case there is a fungal infection in which case you would not want to use an oil. Additionally the alcohol in the tincture acts as a drying agent.

Contraindications: Information unavailable at this time.

If you are looking for directions on making teas or tinctures, please see our "Making Herbal Products" page.

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