Leaves and flowers.
Mullein has a soothing effect due to its mucilage content and an expectorant action making it especially useful for respiratory tract disorders.
* Traditionally mullein has been used for dry coughs, bronchitis, congestion, stomach cramps, diarrhea, pain, insomnia and to soothe inflamed skin and burns.
* Currently mullein is also used for asthma, colds, ear infections, hayfever and swollen glands.
* Mullein tea can be taken 3 – 4 times daily as required, 1 – 2 teaspoons of dried herb steeped in 250 ml boiling water for 10 minutes or use according to label instructions.
* Fresh leaves may be boiled in water and the vapors inhaled to relieve congestion and coughs.
* In rare cases mullein may cause skin irritation.