Parts used-Roots, leaves and flowers
Actions and uses: This herb is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial. Mullein can be used as a laxative, painkiller and sleep aid; clears congestion, useful for asthma, hay fever, bronchitis, swollen glands and is a very good earache tonic when combined with garlic in an oil formula.
Phytochemicals: Beta-carotene, beta-sitosterol, coumarin, hesperidin, saponins, calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitaimins B1, B2, B3, and C.
General Information: Mullein can be used as a compress and/or poultice to soothe skin irritations such as rashes, boils, bruises and arthritic and rheumatic conditions. It is also a treatment for cold sores and hemorrhoids. In addition, mullein had a calming effect, relieves migraine pain and supports proper functioning of the thyroid gland. Mullein tea is simple to make. Just steep the leaves in hot water and add the flowers for a sweeter taste.
Cautions: Mullein has no serious recorded side effects, however taking it in excess can result in stomach upset.