Just the Facts
- Plant Description : Mullein has broad, fuzzy, silvery-green leaves with tiny, yellow flowers. It shoots up very tall when it flowers.
- Parts to use : Leaves and flowers
- Used primarily for : earache, dry cough, cold / flu, bronchitis, asthma, lungs
- You can make : tea, oil, poultice, tincture, salve, syrup, ear drops, or gargle
- Notes : Do not use if eardrum is ruptured. Leaf hairs can be irritating to membranes; be sure to filter them out.
- Cough Tea : Mix 1 tsp mullein leaves with 1 ½ cups hot water and let steep 3-5 minutes. Drink ½ cup of tea three times daily. (May also be used with colds, as research has shown mullein to have antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.)
- Oil : Put herbs (dried herbs work better than fresh) into a glass jar and cover with oil. Set into a cool, dark place and shake daily. Leave 3-5 days before straining out leaves. Store oil in a glass jar in a cool, dark place.
- Ear drops : Put 4 drops mullein oil in the ear every 4 hours until earache is gone. Lie with ear facing up for 5 minutes, to allow oil to get into ear. Cover with a cotton ball before rising.
Do it Yourself!
- DIY Resources : Use the hardware resources listed here, along with dried mullein leaves.
- Not ready to DIY? : Try the Mullein Tincture and Mullein Capsules.
- Fun Bonus : Use mullein stalks as swords, and have a sword fight!