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Mullein, Verbascum thapsus
Parts used: Flowering herb.
Constituents: Mucilage and gum, Saponins, Volatile oil, Glycosides, Bitter, Flavonoids, Resins, Vitamins: A, B complex, and D. Minerals: high in iron, magnesium, potassium and sulphur.
Actions: Expectorant, Demulcent, Diuretic mild, Antitussive, Anti-allergenic, Bactericidal.
Externally: Emollient, Vulnerary.
Indications:
Top respiratory herb, relaxant and softening.
Bronchitis, tracheitis, respiratory catarrh, common colds, coughs, especially hard persistent ones - acute, dry, hacking, haemoptysis, tuberculosis, pleurisy, whooping cough, asthma, hay fever, makes mucous fluid, swollen glands, rhinitis, croup.
-Combines with horehound, coltsfoot and lobelia for bronchitis.
Use for those giving up smoking: helps with cough, reduces cravings, has narcotic qualities.
Earaches, wounds, earwax, glue ear due to allergies, when teething.
Fomentation of leaves in vinegar excellent for piles, ulcers, tumours, sciatica, sore joints. Bruised fresh leaves applied to boils.
Herbal extract: 20-60mL per week, use 30g per 500mL olive oil.
-For ear infections, one part + 1 part echinacea and part myrrh; this is taken orally, but treatment may be combined with oils of mullein and lavender in the outer ear.
Energetics: Cool, astringent, sweet. Dosha: V+PK-.
Meridians: lung, stomach, large intestine, bladder.
Contraindications: None.