Great mullein, common mullein
A biennial with long stems that have lots of small, yellow flowers.
The chopped leaf or flowers.
Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.
Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.
The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.
Respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and an inflamed trachea as well as ear problems.
Key actions: Vulnerary, demulcent, expectorant, anticatarrhal.
In clinic: Herbalists use this herb to treat influenza and all issues relating to the congestion and inflammation of the respiratory tract.
If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.
Infusion: 2 to 4 teaspoons of herb (4 to 8 g) to a cup of cold water. Pour boiling water over the herb and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.
Tincture: Take 5 ml (1:3 in 25% of the leaf or flower tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Fluid extract: 1:1 Take 4 to 8 ml, 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Dried Herb: Maximum of 24 g per day may be taken as a powder or capsules.
Traditionally mullein is infused in oil to produce a green-coloured ear oil.
This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Scrophulariaceae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.
None known. Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.
Interactions with drugs
Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.
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