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Benefits: (A Modern Herbal – Mrs. M. Grieve F.R.H.S.) – “The whole plant seems to posses slightly sedative and narcotic properties…The dried leaves are sometimes smoked to relieve the irritation of the mucuous membranes…Mullein is said to be of much value in diarrhoea from its combination of demulcent with astringent properties …The fresh flowers, steeped for 21 days in Olive oil are said to make an admirable bactericide.“
- Traditionally used of Mullein for respiratory disorders – asthma, coughs, tuberculosis;
- It has expectorant and cough suppressant properties.
- It also has antiviral properties and has been reported as useful against herpes and influenza (clinical research is lacking).
Latin Name: Verbascum thapsus
Plant Family: Scrophulariaceae
Other Names: Common Mullein, Great Mullein, Candlewick, Candelaria, Feltwort, Hare’s Beard, Blanket Mullein, Quaker Rouge, Torches, Our Lady’s Flannel, Velvet Dock, Blanket Herb, Aaron’s Rod, Feltwort, Fluffweed, Old Man’s Flannel & Hag’s Taper.
Description: A tall biennial plant native to Europe and central Asia that can reach a height of up to 2.5 metres. The leaves rise from a basal rosette and are oblong to lanceolate in shape, greeny-grey in colour with covered in fine downy hairs on both sides. The upright stem above the leaf rosette forms a compact spire of flowers. The individual flowers that make up the spike and consist of 5 obovate petals which are yellow in colour and approx. 2.5cm in diameter.
History: Dioscorides in the 1st century A.D. suggested the use of mullein for people suffering from lung complaints, Roman soldiers are said to have used the downy fibres from the leaves as insulation in their shoes to keep their feet warm whilst the Elizabethans believed that carrying the leaves would prevent the carrier from getting epilepsy, a practice that John Gerard scorned, ascribing the plant with a more sensible use for relieving coughs.
Uses: The stems were dried and covered in animal fat and used as a means to provide lighting hence two of its common names Candlewick and Candelaria, the hairy coating from the leaves was also collected and used to make lamp wicks before cotton became the more popular choice. The leaves are used to make a bitter tea.
The traditional uses of Mullein have generally focused on the management of respiratory disorders where it was used to treat asthma, coughs, tuberculosis; having expectorant and cough suppressant properties. Antiviral activity of mullein has been reported against herpes and influenza although clinical research is lacking.
Allergens: Nuts, gluten, celery, milk/dairy and mustard are handled on the site where this product is processed. Handling procedures are in place to reduce the likelihood of allergens being present, but we cannot guarantee our ingredients are totally free of traces in the product supplied.
- 100% Botanical, naturally sourced agricultural product
- Not heat treated, irradiated & free from GMO’s
- Product must be infused in boiling water before consumption.
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This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.