How to Make Mullein Lung Healing Tea

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Jack from Toledo, Ohio popularized an herbal combination to heal emphysema and other lung problems. Because of the difficulty that some have had finding the mullein seed pods called for in the recipe, the following recipe is a modified version with the same ingredients using mullein leaf instead of mullein pods. Mullein leaf is much easier to find, inexpensive, and is lung healing herb used by herbalists for centuries.

Recipe for Herbal Mix for Lung Healing Tea

  • 1 cup mullein leaf
  • ¼ cup hyssop leaf
  • 1 Tablespoon lobelia leaf
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • Mix the herbal powders together and store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

How to Prepare the Lung Healing Tea:

  • Pour 3 cups of warm water over 1 tablespoon of the herb mixture above.
  • Allow the mixture to steep for an hour.
  • Strain through a coffee filter.
  • Add 1 tablespoon (or less) raw honey to the tea.
  • Add 1 teaspoon raw and organic apple cider vinegar to the tea.
  • Drink 1/3 of your tea (about 1 cup) in the morning, 1/3 of it in the afternoon and 1/3 of it in the evening.

Special Considerations

The herb lobelia should never be boiled.

Mullein must be strained through a coffee filter or something similar. A mesh strainer will allow the mullein leaf hairs from the leaf to filter into the tea. These little hairs can cause irritation, though no lasting harm.

It is recommended to use organic herbs from a reputable distributor. Buying in bulk will give you enough herbs to last for a long time if you store them in an airtight container out of light.

Regular use of lobelia can be a deterrent for smoking. Lobelia capsules are sometimes taken by smokers to help them quit smoking as smoking becomes unappealing when taking lobelia.

Hyssop and Lobelia should not be used by pregnant women. If you are pregnant you can make the mix and leave out those two ingredients and still have much benefit from the mullein, cayenne, vinegar and honey. Each of those alone has properties that heal the lungs.

If you find the tea disagrees with you in any way, decrease the amount you drink each day, take a break from the tea, or discontinue its use if your intuition tells you to.

If the tea suits you well, there is no harm in taking more of the tea each day, as long as it continues to suit your own particular health situation.

If you find the tea is too spicy, reduce the amount of cayenne pepper that you use.

Have you tried this herbal combination for emphysema? Please send us some feedback! And continue reading to see how our readers have fared with this remedy.

13 User Reviews

Posted by Tish (Toronto, Ontario) on 10/08/2021
5 out of 5 stars

I've been following Jack's lung tea with Mullein, Hyssop, Vinegar, Cayenne.

Husband is reluctant to take it, but trust me it's good sent! Good breathing had improved and wheezing doesn't bother me at night(I usually can hear the wheezing in the quiet of night).

Please stick to it, trust me it works🙏

Replied by Annemarie

Where to get the herbs needed for Jacks's tea please?

Mama to Many

Dear Annemarie,

I believe you should be able to get it all from amazon. Frontier Herbs are high quality and they do have mullein leaf and hyssop. (Mullein pods is what Jack recommends in his recipe, but those are hard to find and the leaf has similar properties. I use the leaf for cough.) Frontier also makes cayenne. Raw apple cider vinegar is widely available. Braggs is a good brand. Eden is my favorite brand of apple cider vinegar though. ~Mama to Many~

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Posted by Donw (Pennsylvania) on 04/02/2017 1 posts


I found this website purely by accident by doing a search for emphysema. Three years ago my wife suffered a bad cold which in turn became bronchitis and then pneumonia. She was treated with antibiotics for about a month but her health was never the same. She developed allergies and then the symptoms of asthma. She was put on various steroid medications along with inhalers. Sent from one doctor to another until finally told that she suffering from Emphysema. How could a once healthy runner who rarely caught a cold develop into Emphysema? I didn't buy it and questioned each doctor. Believe me they do not take lightly that you question them. Each time I was told that the symptoms are there and that we will treat the systems. Telling us that nothing else can be done other then medication.There is no cure plain and simple. Here I am searching the internet for any information that can find. I come across Earth Clinic and find this thread with Jack's recipe. This is something I want to explore. I ordered the herbs all in powdered form except for mullein. They didn't have it in powdered so I purchased it in herb form.

Made it as per the instructions. Put all the herbs into a nylon stocking and boiled until about a pint had evaporated. This was my first time making this so I didn't know what to expect. The mixture was a dark reddish brown. There was a large amount of fines in the pot which needed to be filtered. I used a funnel and cheese cloth to filter. The cheese cloth takes out a great deal but some of the fines manage to pass through. As you get to the bottom of the pot the process does get slower since most of the fines are on the bottom. The mixture was still cloudy so I decided to use unbleached coffee filters. At first the flow is quick but begins to slow down as it picks up the fines. Change the filter and continue until complete. When I was finished I had two full pints and one three quarters full. The final color was a dark red brown which was clear. One thing you need to know is when buying cayenne red pepper. There is a heat value that you need to take into consideration. I purchased 30,000IU which is about the lowest heat unit. And that still is quite hot since Tabasco sauce is 5,000IU. I was lucky since I had no idea what the IU meant before I had purchased it. Another thing is that I am debating as to whether I should have purchased in herb form verses powdered. I am still waiting on information or email on some questions that I have from who I had purchased this from. They have two products that can be used for placing the herbs in while boiling. One is called a Muslin herb bag and is washable and reusable. It also comes in several sizes. The other is called Press N brew bags which are similar to tea bags. This also comes in different sizes. Using these would cut down on the amount of fines. At the moment I just started giving the Jack's formula to my wife. I do have some high hopes that she will have some improvements. Hopefully I made everything correctly.

I purchased everything from Monterey Spice.

Last but not least I want to thank Jack for so kind and considerate for posting this recipe.

Don W.

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Posted by Ella (Pine Grove, Pa) on 03/18/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Yes this is truly amazing. My sis makes the recipe for a friend who was house bound. He now is traveling and helping with missions through his church. He is in his 70's. I use the recipe for myself as well. Worked in a knitting mill and developed a cough. Ended up quitting because of it. Ready to whip up another batch this week. Its a must have..........

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Posted by Ann (Colorado) on 01/19/2015
4 out of 5 stars

I tried Jack's recipe and guessed that since it called for a gallon pot to make the tea, that I should add close to a gallon of water. The resulting tea has helped my husband a lot.

Thanks! Ann

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Posted by Dendei (Bayugan, Agusan Del Sur, Philippines) on 02/03/2012
4 out of 5 stars

I'm so thankful to all the members of who shared their experience how to cured their illnesses by using medicinal herb plants. My Dad has emphysema and can barely walk and eat. I found Jack's formula about the mullein leaf or seed, hyssop and Cayenne pepper. This is his 4th day drinking the tea process from that said plants. On the 2nd day of drinking this tea my dad throwing-up some mucus and we are guessing that's the lymph node found on his lung x-ray. after that happen I asked my dad how's he feeling right now, he told me he can sleep and breathe well since he drink that tea.

We will keep you informed on Dad's progress...

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Posted by Dr. Mom (Reinholds, Pa) on 10/23/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Mullein like Jack says is truly invaluable. I was selling mullein at a small stand when an elderly man came up to me and told me to keep it up. "That is great stuff. I had serious emphysema and was on oxygen all the time. I got to the place where I could hardly leave the house. Then someone told me that I should drink 3- 4 cups of mullein leaf tea daily. I thought it was too good to be true, that after all my years of doctoring and herbs one little leaf tea could help me, but I was desperate. I did it, faithfully and very soon I was off my oxygen able to get around again. It was a God-sent blessing to me. "

This was just the leaf that he used, and not the tops. But each part of the mullein is helpful. So if you cannot find the tops, try a quart of the leaf tea daily. I would add peppermint to make it taste nicer. Use 1/4 cup of mullein leaf and 2 bags of peppermint to a quart of boiling water. Turn off the heat and let it steep, covered for 15- 20 minutes. Strain and sweeten and add ice or drink hot. I would also take cayenne capsules 2 with each meal to increase the circulation and help the mullein to work better.

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Posted by Gwen (Denver, Colorado) on 03/05/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I'd been going through bad infection since the end of this past January. Started with a very bad abscessed tooth that blew up my face. Took 2 weeks treating holistically to get it down. Got about a week break, then it moved to the other side of my face. Took only 4-5 days to get that controlled. Finally went to the dentist & he put me on antibiotics before he'll pull my teeth. Started that & went into sinusitis, a virus? I'm 60 years old & Wednesday night I had some kind of full blown asthma/bronchitis attack? Never happened before. My neighbor was thankfully there & hit me with an inhaler. I thought I was going to die. It was very scary. My lungs completely shut down! Today my chest was so tight I could hardly move, wasn't sure what to do but pray. Holy Spirit had me remember your recipe I had once read on EC. I had all the herbs, including the Mullein tops I harvested last summer. I whipped up a batch & I am completely cleared up tonight & have the strength to write to let you & everyone know, It Worked! Opens the lungs right up!

Thank you Thank you THANK YOU Jack for passing this's a big ol' hug & lots of love coming your way :)


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Posted by Brianna (Dublin, Ireland) on 02/07/2010
5 out of 5 stars

i have only taken the herbs 4 times and i can feel an improvement already. i cant thank this man enough for all his help i just wish there were more people like him in the world.i have been very ill for the past 8 years with emphysema i have tryed a lot of remedys including hydrogen peroxide homeopathy and chinese herbs and conventional medicine nothing worked i have been a prisoner in my own home for the past 18 months unable to walk more than ten or fiftheen steps and have to stop to catch my breathe but since friday i can walk about 30 steps and i can feel myself getting stronger every earth clinic can you please put this post on your website and let people know that there is hope out there for them and thank you earth clinic you are doing a wonderful job on your site please dont ever stop god bless ..brianna

Replied by Darlene

How is Brianna doing now? Can she be forwarded my question and can she email me?

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Posted by Jamie (Adrian, MI) on 06/21/2009

Hi, I am having a very hard time finding Mullein seed pods for Jack's Emphysema cure. I tried emailing Jack, but he never responded. I found the leaves, but not the seed pods. Does anyone know where I can buy them, or if I can use the crushed leaves in the tea, and how much I would use? Please help me, my father-in-law has really bad Emphysema.

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn.)
509 posts

Hello Jamie,

I think the mullein plant grows quite rampantly in most of the United States, so why don't you either get you a good book on identifying herbal plants or go on line to see if you can't find a picture of it.

You can usually spot it at roadsides as you drive along the rural areas roads. Just learn to identify them by the roadside, but take a short hike in the woodland areas to pick those seed pods which should be ready to pick in the next couple of months. The reason to not gather them from the roadside, is you don't want all the pollution they absorb from the automobile exhausts fumes. Seed pods mean exactly what it says. It is the pods containing the seeds and these will be found on the mullein plant on the tall stalk from the central part of the plant that bloomed and forms the seeds after the blooms.

Replied by Jack
(Toledo, Ohio)

HELLO JAMI FROM ADRAIN MICH; The "seeds" are not the part of the plant used "ITS THE ENTIRE "SEED POD" OR "TOPS OF THE GREAT MULLEIN PLANT which in the latter fall and winter months looks like a long black stick along highways or RR tracks,usually the leave's at the bottom will be dried and brown and at times you'll see some mint green leaves at the bottom of the plant which feels fuzzy like velvet,the seeds them selves can be transplanted most anywhere but they like well drained areas, and they only blossom in the 2nd season.They then grow anywhere from 3-6 feet or even more in some states,. and the seeds are about this size Jami ( . )

Just look up "pictures of Great Mullein plants" I break off the "SEED PODS" or just under the area where the flowers started growing and use the "ENTIRE POD OR TOP OF THE PLANT WHERE THE FLOWERS "HAD BEEN"

When the terriable outbreak of Tuburculossis(sp?) in Ireland around 1900, Great Mullein was the primary way they used to clear the lungs of "TB" made into a tea,"But I've added more to it and it "WORKS EXCEEDINGLY WELL, JUST ASK SHARON S FROM CONN.

She startted taking my formula in June of 2008 I believe? She told me her Dr.told her "Your lungs are clear, and your breathing is fine "!!

Replied by Jack
(Toledo, Ohio)

Please accept my appologies for not being more active on this site. I'd Just Like to let you know the title of "Jack's healing formula" is for real and I can and will help all those I can.! I put up the complete formula on because I felt they would not try to capitolize on peoples health problems. And I was correct!

Replied by Robert H.

I would like to know if Jack's tea must be ground to a powder, or can it be measured out and used as a regular tea. I do have Mullein seeds and the plant in my area. Also should the seeds be fresh green ones or just the aged brown stalk seeds?

Thank you Jack for all your help, I have Emphysema, and am 71.

Replied by Teena
(Melbourne, Australia)
235 posts

Hi Robert, after seeing confusion from his recipe, Jack clarified he used the whole top of the plant, the flowering stalks where the seeds are. He described them also as the dark stalk, so yes you can use whatever state the plant is around your area. Many have used the leaf when they couldn't get the pods. The hyssop and lobelia he used were powdered, if you have fresh or crushed then I would just increase the amount like in cooking you use much less herb if it is dried compared to fresh. And if you don't have all the ingredients I wouldn't worry, start with what you do have, obviously the main ingredient is mullein, you will get benefit, then add in the others as you acquire them.

Hope this helps.

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Posted by Myles (New York, New York) on 05/08/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I almost completely ruined my lungs from years of smoking. Jack sent me his packet and it gave good and immediate symptom relief. Unfortunately he was unable to send more (a few months back), but I can tell you that the formula really did help.

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Posted by Jim (Orange, CAL) on 01/04/2008

Seeds for lobelia, hyssop and mullein can be purchased at

Replied by Jack

Look over these pics of great mullein. I've gone back to driving truck over the road again so its difficult to contact people during the week, i do get home on weekends so i don't have as much time to do much.

God bless .......JACK

Replied by Paraboy
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

According to Dr Hulda Clark, 40 jalepeno seeds 3 times/day will remove Asbestos from your system. She recommends putting them in pill caps.

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Posted by G (USA) on 11/23/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Yes, I recieved that package and it is working mom has 94% of her oxygen back. She was put in the hospital right before it came they wanted to do a trach but Thank God that Didn't Happen. She is now bathing by herself and she couldn't do that before. She is Cleaning house and cooking now. Dad has done as you have said and told me he can breathe much Better than before. Thank You so much for everything you've done. Only one problem everyone else here wants this stuff now so they can do it to.... alot of people here with either blacklung or the smokers diseases... Than you again made me Happy and mom is laughing now.

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Posted by G (USA) on 10/23/2007

Hello Jack, I read your cure for emphysema. My mother has Emphysema and COPD and is getting worse all the time. Mom weighs about 95lbs now and has trouble breathing so badly. We don't have the melliun plant here and I wanted to know How I can get this tonic for my Mother and my Dad who has Blacklung. Mom said she can't Live much longer the way she is. Can you please help me?.....Thank You.

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Posted by Christine (Philadelphia, PA) on 06/28/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Hi Jack!... First of all let me tell you that for getting up mucus and what seems like cleaning the lungs (I think) your formula cannot be beat!!!!!!!!!!!!! I could breathe all the way down to my feet!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It feels wonderful.I started walking without getting out of breath and now I can walk forever! I tried jogging (a VERY short distance) and was pleased with the results. Problem with jogging is I am just not up to working that hard yet...but I am off to a good start. As far as a cure....I am not too sure. Healing is one thing and cure is another. On days when humidity is high I feel the old shortness of breath coming back again so I am still working on that one.... Radiant Blessings, Chris

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Posted by Jack (Toledo, OH) on 01/10/2007
5 out of 5 stars

When I was driving over the road I would stop at an assortment of truck stops and I remember one in particular, "Wheeling, WV." an elderly lady was being helped to a table and looked like she couldn't breathe, I asked her about it and she told me she was on "27different meds", I told her about my tea and asked if she would like to try it?? she replied she would like to do so, so I went to my truck and returned with a 8oz bottle of it, i first asked her to take a deep breath and tell me how deep she could feel the air go into her lungs she did and indicated not quite half way down, she then took some of the tea and repeated the deep breathing, this time she indicated nearly all the way but not quite all the way, this was all within a matter of 5 to 10 minutes, she volunteered "I haven't been able to breathe like this in years" ( I had those i gave it to take the cap off a plastic pop bottle and use it as a measure, then take one capfull straight down the second, hold in the mouth for a minute or so and swallow slowly, then the same with a third, but after swallowing breathe in with the mouth then out through the " nose" ) let me reinterate " I am not a doctor, nor do I pretend to be"! I simply instructed people and made the tea according to what my inner voice told me to"!.

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