Mullein is a plant that has been around for a very long time. There are more than 200 species of this plant, which grows in many parts of the world, including the United States.
Common mullein is the most common type used in business (Verbascum thapsus). Near the bottom of the plant, the leaves are picked and used fresh or dried to make different things.
Mullein is a good choice for treating ear problems that aren't always easy to treat because it soothes and tightens.
What is Mullein?
The common mullein is a plant with wooly leaves that is usually found all over the US. In the first year of growth, the big leaves form a low-lying rosette at the base of the plant. In the spring of its second year, the plant grows a tall stem that can reach a height of more than 1.22 m. At the top of the stem, yellow flowers grow that smell a little bit like honey. This is the active ingredient, along with the stamens.
Mullein tea is a herbal drink that doesn't have caffeine and is used to relax and tighten the skin. The leaves of the flowering plant mullein (Verbascum thapsus), which is native to Europe and Asia, are used to make this herbal tea. Mullein tea is good for your health because it fights free radicals, bacteria, and viruses.
The taste and smell of mullein tea are also well-known. It may help treat many respiratory problems, fight off viral infections, help people sleep better, and help treat tuberculosis.
Traditional use of Mullein leaves:
Mullein has a long history of being used as a popular herbal medicine, so it has been used to treat many different conditions. It was mostly used to treat asthma, coughs, tuberculosis, and other respiratory problems in the past. But the plant has been used in different ways to treat haemorrhoids, burns, bruises, and gout. People have eaten, put on their skin, and smoked preparations of the plant. Yellow hair dye used to be made from the yellow flowers. In Appalachia, people have used the plant to treat colds and the boiled root to treat croup. People put leaves on their skin to soften and protect it. People with earaches have used an oil made from the flowers to help them feel better.
Miscellaneous use of Mullein leaves:
There isn't much evidence that the plant can do more than act as a mild astringent and soothe the skin. When eaten, it might have a little bit of a thickening effect. Mullein can help people with sore throats and coughs feel better by making them cough less and making them cough less often. People have said that mullein can kill viruses like herpes and influenza.
How to use Mullein leaves?
Mullein can be bought in dried, powdered, tea, tincture, and oil forms.
You can make your own mullein tea at home by mixing 1 cup of boiling water with 1–2 teaspoons of dried leaves or flowers and letting the mixture steep for 10–15 minutes. For health reasons, you should drink this tea one to four times a day.
If you choose a tincture, you'll usually take 1/4 to 3/4 teaspoons three to four times a day. As a dried item, you can use 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon three times a day.
Mullein can also be smoked, and in folk medicine it has been used as a natural medicine. You can smoke this herb with a pipe, but that's not the best way to heal with it.