Three Ways to Use Mullein

Three Ways to Use Mullein

By Shannon, Posted in Herbal Remedies

As summer progresses, many herbal enthusiasts are delighted to see mullein (Verbascum thapsus) in full bloom. This tall, stately plant, with its velvety leaves and bright yellow flowers, is not just a picturesque addition to the landscape; it’s also a powerhouse in herbal medicine. 

Mullein has been used for centuries across various cultures for its medicinal properties. This herb is particularly revered for its safety and efficacy, making it a staple in many natural remedies. Whether you're dealing with a seasonal cough, seeking to support your respiratory system, or looking for natural ways to maintain lung health, mullein offers a variety of preparations to suit your needs. 

Let's delve into three wonderful methods to utilize mullein's benefits, including Mullein Tea, Mullein Smoke, and Mullein Tincture.

Mullein Tea

One of the most popular ways to use mullein is in the form of a soothing tea. Mullein tea is renowned for its ability to support respiratory health, making it an excellent choice during cold and flu season, or whenever you feel your lungs need a little extra care.

The best leaves for tea are those that are fresh and green. Harvest them during the day when the plant is dry, and allow them to air dry in a shaded, well-ventilated area. Use one to two teaspoons of dried mullein leaves per cup of boiling water. Let the leaves steep for about 10-15 minutes. Strain the tea and sip slowly to enjoy the soothing, slightly earthy flavor.

Mullein Smoke

While it might seem counterintuitive to smoke something for respiratory issues, mullein smoke has been used traditionally by various cultures to support lung health. The smoke is said to have anti-inflammatory properties, making it a unique way to address respiratory conditions.

Just like with tea, you'll need dried mullein leaves. Ensure they are thoroughly dried to prevent mold. Use a pipe or rolling paper to smoke a small amount of mullein. Take slow, shallow inhales. The smoke should be mild and not harsh on the lungs. The dried leaves can be used alone or mixed with other herbs such as lobelia or coltsfoot, which also support respiratory health.

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Mullein Tincture

For those who prefer a more concentrated form of herbal remedy, mullein tincture is an excellent option. Tinctures are alcohol-based extracts that capture the full spectrum of the herb’s beneficial properties in a small, easy-to-use bottle.

Take 1-2 droppers full of mullein tincture diluted in water or juice up to three times a day. This preparation is particularly effective for supporting minor and occasional coughs and soothing dryness in the throat. The tincture can be conveniently carried and used anywhere, making it a practical addition to your herbal medicine cabinet.