I became interested in the herb "Mullein" whilst seeking treatment for persistent inner ear congestion. Apparently it has the following beneficial properties worthy of consideration by someone suffering from respiratory problems generally. There may possibly be other benefits but respiratory issues appear to be the main ones including ENT ones. The Native Americans apparently smoked the leaves for the relief of coughs! Who said that smoking causes coughing? Stand up that person! The following is a quotation from "Nature's Sunshine" products. (I have been taking their Alfalfa Capsules for ENT off and on for years and they really do loosen up the mucous terrifically well. This is important as you get older as some of us are inclined to do. We gradually become "not-so-moist"! I may start growing the sprouts).
"Mullein has been used for centuries to treat a variety of respiratory problems and help alleviate irritations in the lungs and throat. Mullein acts as a pain reliever, diuretic, antiseptic and antibacterial agent. It contains high amounts of iron and is a good supply of vitamin A, vitamin B2, vitamin B12 and niacin"
"Mullein contains a substance called mucilage, a saponin that helps lubricate mucus membranes soothing raw irritated tissues. As an expectorant, mullein helps expel excess phlegm from the lungs. The tannins in mullein are beneficial for reducing swollen and inflamed respiratory passages, making it a popular treatment for asthma, bronchitis, swollen glands and breathing difficulties".
"Mullein has also been known to relieve constipation, counter-act sleeplessness, protect the kidneys, and help ease nervous tension".
Buy it as a tea or in capsule form. One could make one's own tea by crushing the leaves too. Some people regard it as a spreading weed.
Cheers, Michael from New Zealand