Uses for Mullein

Mullein (Verbascum thapsus L.)

A large plant with light green leaves with elongated flower cluster. This cluster is packed with small yellow flowers and rests atop the terminal shoot of a robust wooly stem. The similarly wooly, large, oblong leaves of this wildflower begin at the base of the stem  and alternates up.

Time of Year: Spring to fall

Location: All of North America
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Nutrient Content
Iron, potassium, magnesium, vitamins B2, B5, B12, and D, choline, hesperidin, PABA, sulfur, magnesium, mucilage and saponins.

Flower, Leaves and Roots

Editable uses
  • A sweeter tea can be made by infusing the fresh or dried flower
  • Leaves and flowers can be used in salads 

Medical Uses
******The seeds are slightly narcotic and also contain saponins
  • The leaves and the flowers anti-inflammatory and is great for sprains and pulled muscles in a mash
  • Boil the leave in vinegar and water and use like bandage for arthritis, frostbite, gout, or painful skin condition
  • The leave make great bandages because they are antiseptic and an astringent  
  • It acts by reducing the formation of mucus and stimulating the coughing up of phlegm.
  • For nasal congestion, flu, inflammation of nerve tissue, nerve pain, steam a some of the flowers to help reduce inflammation.
  • Tea makes good remedy for cough, hoarseness, bronchitis, sinusitis, tuberculosis, bronchial catarrh, mumps, and whooping cough.
  • A tincture of the flowers is used for migraine headaches
  • Can be used in a compress for hemorrhoids
  • The juice of the plant and powder made from the dried roots is said to quickly remove rough warts when rubbed on them
  •  Also the root is used to help you urinate if you are having issues in a tea form.  
  • A paste of the roots is said to alleviate toothaches and even relive cramps

---The Root..I have found a few places that say the the root is being looked at to help with spine issues. Mashing it and spreading it on the spine and letting it sit. Several times a day for a few weeks. But is still being looked at.

Other Uses

  • The leaves are smoked, to soothe the throat and as a substitute for tobacco.
  • The flowering stems can be dipped in wax and used as torches
  • The leaves can be rolled up tight and make great wicks for candles
  • And you can rub the leaves on you to repel insects
  • Rub the leaves on your cheeks to get a rosy color (natural makeup)
  • Use the flowers when washin your hair to bring out the blonde highlights
  • The dried leaves and stems makes a great tinder
  • You can line your shoes with the leaves to keep your feet warm
  • Can be used for yellow dye. When used with dilute sulphuric acid itproduce a rather permanent green dye. And  becomes brown with the addition of alkalis


  1. I have asthema and use it in a tea to help clear my lungs.

  2. Thank you for the great post. I have also used mullien leaf tea this year for relieving pain and setting the bones in place when I fell 18 feet out of a tree and broke 9 bones. I used only herbs and no meds. It effectively stopped pain and sped the healing. Mullien really is worth the effort to learn.

  3. My daughter has cronic asma and I'm trying to get her to try some of the herbal remedies like cat nip and now I'm gonna tell her about the mullein too.

    1. Yes Mullein has been known to help with asthma. This reference http://www.herballegacy.com/Asthma.html includes the information about mullein and many other things.

      "Mullein: This herb soothes the lungs and helps bring up the phlegm. It can be combined with sage and plantain for use in asthma. Sometimes a vapor treatment of Mullein is good for asthma, which is made by simmering a strong pot of Mullein tea and inhaling the steam with a towel over your head. This is also good for bronchial troubles of various kinds. [UW-Mullein]"

      Asthma responds very well to a big cup of Brigham Tea also known as Ephedra Nevadansus. My step sons cleared when used the Brigham tea and cleaned up his diet including stop all dairy which he was sensitive to.