Mullein ~ Verbascum thapsus ~ Packed Tightly in 1 Gallon Zip-locked Bag. Weight is 8 oz.
USES OF DRY MULLEIN LEAF: Leaves are medicinal and used for the RENAL (Kidney - Urinary)and RESPIRATORY (lungs & sinus) SYSTEMS.
Respiratory System: Mullein has no culinary use, but enjoys a solid reputation as a medicinal herb particularly for lung problems. In his excellent book, The Green Pharmacy, James A. Duke, Ph.D., botanist and herbalist, recommends Mullein for bronchitis, colds and flu, cough, emphysema, allergies, tracheitis, and laryngitis. The reason it really seems to benefit lung issues so well is because it’s an expectorant and helps draw out the lungs of phlegm or mucus. This can be extremely helpful for smokers. Native Americans used it to treat pneumonia, tuberculosis, and other chest ailments. They knew the power of mullein to draw out the phlegm. Steam inhalation is very effective for sinus congestion as effective as camphor but gentler to the sinus tissues while toning the respiratory tract.
Renal System: Mullein has also been used as a diuretic to relieve urinary tract inflammation, diarrhea, Hemorrhoids, and colitis.
External Uses: Mullein is an emollient and an effective wound healer. Mullein leaves were infused in olive oil to formulate an ointment remedy for bruises, insect bites, bloodshot-eye wash. A poultice was sometimes made from the leaves as a treatment for burns, skin wash, and boils, It was also used to help reduce swelling of the extremities, even used to remove warts.
CHILDREN & ELDER CARE: Mullein's gentle nature makes it one of the very best herbs for use with Children's health problems and with the Elderly. It combines wonderfully with chamomile, catnip and lemon balm where appropriate, and can be used to address a wide variety of childhood diseases.
Preparations of dry Mullein Leaves for Remedies: You can convert the dry, shredded Mullein leaves in this offering. Mullein Leaves can be turned into remedies in a variety of ways: Tea, Tonics & Tinctures, Smoked, Smudge, Steam Inhalation or Vaporizer for Internal uses. Poultice, Washes, Compresses, Ointments or salves for External uses.
Mullein Leaf Tea provides vitamins B2, B5, B12, & D, choline, hesperidin, PABA, sulfur, magnesium, mucilage, saponins, and other active substances. And Mullein Contains These Amazing Phytochemicals: • Beta-carotene • Beta-sitosterol • Coumarin • Hesperidin • Saponins RECIPES
Mullein Leaf Tonic Tea: It can be consumed as a regular beverage cold or hot. It’s good for you! providing vitamins B2, B5, B12, and D, choline, hesperidin, para-amino benzoic acid, magnesium, and sulfur, and associated conditions. Use 2 tsp. dried crumbled leaves per cup of boiling hot water. Steep 10 minutes. Strain liquid through a coffee filter to remove the small leaf “hairs”. You can add Peppermint, Horehound or Thyme to the leaves and Milk, Lemon, Maple Syrup or Honey to taste. Great respiratory stress relief.
Mullein Leaf Cough Syrup: Reduce one quart of water and one cup of dried leaves to one pint of liquid by slowly simmering until the water evaporates. Add two or three tablespoons of molasses or honey to make syrup. Use as an expectorant or cough syrup.
Hemorrhoid Poultice: Make a poultice. Powder one cup of dry leaves (use coffee grinder). Slowly add up to one-half cup of warm water to make a thick paste. Apply the poultice directly to the skin or wrap in a piece of muslin or cheesecloth. A poultice of mullein is said to relieve the discomfort of a swollen appendage or hemorrhoids.
Homemade Vaporizer (and tea): Bring 1 qt. water to a boil - remove from heat and add about 1 handful of your dried Mullein Leaves - Cover - Let steep for about 5-10 minutes. Remove cover- place towel over head and pot forming a tent with the towel to keep the steam from escaping. Inhale the steam shallowly at first, since it will be very hot. As it cools, you can breathe more deeply into your nose and lungs. Continue inhaling for 5-10 minutes. Continue inhaling steam for several minutes, until you feel congestion breaking up. Blow your nose to get rid of loose phlegm or mucus. Now.. strain the leaves through a coffee filter – Pour the liquid into your cup and enjoy your freshly brewed Mullein Tea! The Steam and the Tea act as a decongestant together and should relieve bronchial and sinus issues.
Cautions: Verbascum is considered safe when used appropriately. Due to the diuretic action of Mullein the following drug interactions are possible, though not likely: increased risk of toxicity with anti-inflammatory analgesics; antagonizes antidiabetic (hypoglycemic) drugs; may interfere with antihypertensives; when taken with corticosteroids there is a risk for hypokalemia; may make other diuretics more potent, increasing the risk of hypokalemia.