Mullein Herb Benefits

Nov 15, 2016

Not only does mullein grow easily with practically no care at all, it is useful for so many health conditions that it is a shame it isn’t more commonly known. This delightful herb is mild in taste yet powerful. It is useful for children, adults, the elderly and even pets.

The mullein plant is a biennial plant. The first year its soft, fuzzy leaves grow in a rosette form. The next year, in addition to the rosette, a stately stalk grows up through the center of the rosette and will bear lovely yellow flowers.

The leaves, flowers, roots and seeds all have medicinal value, though they are not equally easy to find. The leaves, however, are easy to find and have so many applications it behooves nearly anyone to keep it on hand. If you find a need for a particular part of the mullein plant and cannot locate it, do try just the leaves and see how you fare. You may be surprised at the success you experience.

What is Mullein Good for?


Those who are aware of the herb mullein have likely been introduced to it because of its healthful effects on the lungs. Mullein is a wonderful herb to use in treating a cough, even the serious cough experienced in bronchitis and whooping cough. It may even bring some relief to those who suffer with COPD. Mullein tea, sweetened with honey, is a perfect beverage to sip on when you have a cold or the flu. Its taste is mild, but a bit of peppermint can be added for flavor if desired.


Mullein has a relaxing effect, which may be one reason it is useful in asthma. But it is also helpful for pain and insomnia, perhaps because of its mild narcotic action. (Especially the seeds.)

Lymph System

Mullein has quite a helpful effect to the lymphatic system. It can improve lymphatic circulation and reduce swollen lymph nodes. This can be accomplished by using mullein internally or externally. A salve made with mullein leaf can be massaged into swollen glands to bring relief.

Ear Infections

Mullein flowers, infused in olive oil make a great ear oil for infections, though if the flowers are not available, the leaves infused in olive oil make a close second.


The bark of the mullein plant, made into a tincture, is indicated for skeletal pain. The tincture can be taken internally or rubbed onto the skin to be absorbed directly into the joints. This tincture has the power to reduce pain and inflammation and increase synovial fluid, making movement more comfortable.

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Perhaps the most underutilized benefit of mullein is its potential to help trigeminal neuralgia. This extremely painful nerve disease is sometimes called, “the suicide disease,” because it causes so much agony. If you are using mullein to treat trigeminal neuralgia, do make the effort to find a quality mullein root tincture. The tincture can be applied topically and/or taken internally.

How Should I Take Mullein?

A mullein tea is easy to make and easy to take. It can be consumed liberally throughout sickness. If you buy loose mullein leaf, do strain through a coffee filter. Mullein has little hairs that can be irritating.

Mullein is also available in capsule or tincture form.

It can be found in an oil (most commonly for use in the ears) or in a salve (for lymphatic swelling and also for cuts, burns, and wounds.)

If you decide to give mullein a try, do start with small dose to make sure it suits you. While rare, it can cause allergic reaction in some people, (though this is the case with nearly any herb or ingredient on earth.)

Have you tried mullein? We would love to hear about your experience!

Respiratory Issues  

Posted by Michael (New Zealand) on 11/14/2016 143 posts

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