Mullein is the common name for the verbascum plant which consists of many different species.
The particular mullein plant we are interested in is the verbascum thapsus species, which is also known as great mullein or common mullein.
The leaves of the common mullein are most often used in herbal medicine, and the plant is native to northern Africa, Asia and Europe, and was brought to the Americas and Australia.
Mullein is an expectorant has been used for centuries in herbal medicine in many different countries to remove mucus from the lungs and body.
Its healing properties are well renown and it has picked up many different names throughout world that include: Aaron’s rod, Adam’s flannel, Blanket Leaf, Bullock’s Lungwort, Cow’s Lungwort, Feltwort, Hare’s Beard, Indian Tobacco, Jacob’s Staff, Jupiter’s Staff, Lady’s Foxglove, and Peter’s Staff.
Mullein gets its diversity names either from the staff like shape of the plant and from the texture of its velvety leaves.
Mullein is an expectorant and increases the hydration and secretion of phlegm or mucus in the respiratory tract. This results thinner and more movable secretions, allowing the mucus coughed up out of the body more easily.
The thinning of thickened mucus in the respiratory tract also lubricates the irritated tissues of the respiratory tract.
Mullein has been used traditionally to treat coughs, bronchitis, colds, flu, asthma, and allergies.
Smoking mullein, drinking a tea, or ingesting the herb made from the root and flowers are different methods used to get it into the body to remove mucus from the respiratory tract.
Mucus can be found all over the body and as mullein travels through the blood stream it removes mucus throughout the body as well as in the respiratory tract.
An oil is made from the leaves and is rubbed into the skin to treat burns, wounds, hemorrhoids, frostbite, joint pain, and eczema. Drops of the oil are used to treat earaches.
I used mullein to clear mucus from my small intestine to improve the efficiency of my small intestine in removing nutrients from food traveling through it.