Mullein grows all across the United States, developing a tall stem that’s almost four feet in height, with broad leaves forming a basal rosette around the plant. Walking up to mullein, you’ll notice a slightly sweet, honey-like fragrance coming from the yellow flowers of the plant.
Mullein has a long history as a herbal remedy used in the treatment of various adverse health conditions. The polyphenols found in mullein are effective at treating the symptoms of upper-respiratory-tract infections, as well as digestive and skin issues.
The crushed dried flowers and leaves of the mullein make a fragrant, sweet-smelling tea bursting with flavor, and polyphenol antioxidants, that cleanse the bloodstream of free radicals. Here are eight medicinal uses of including mullein in your diet.
The leaves of mullein make a fantastic herbal tea with therapeutic benefits. Pick the leaves from the plant as the flowers start to show, and dry them in the sun for a few days until crisp. Crush the leaves and add them to your tea infuser.
We recommend you use two tablespoons of crushed leaves for three cups of tea. Add the infuser to your teapot and add hot water to brew. It’s vital that you don’t use boiling water in making your tea, as it may damage the beneficial polyphenol compounds in the tea leaves.
Drinking mullein tea can help people who are suffering from the effects of a respiratory disorder. The antioxidants and polyphenol compounds found in mullein help soothe a sore throat, and reduce coughing symptoms in patients dealing with influenza or bronchitis infection.
The anti-bacterial properties of mullein tea provide an inhospitable environment for the breeding of bacteria, helping you get over the effects of the infection faster, by strengthening your immune system.
Mullein features potent anti-inflammatory properties that go to work in relieving the symptoms of pain and discomfort associated with fever, swelling, and skin irritation caused by a bacterial or viral infection.
Mullein also acts as an expectorant, helping the lungs cough up any bacteria or mucus that’s clogging airways and causing inflammation. The tea also provides an anti-congestive effect, loosening the mucus in the sinus, allowing the patient to breathe comfortably. Patients with sore throats due to bacterial or viral infection can try gargling with mullein tea to relieve pain symptoms.