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Mullein is mildly relaxing, helps to promote calm feelings, and fights against anxiety. Typically mullein is added to smoking blends to reduce harshness. It burns slowly and steadily, with thick plumes of white smoke that’s soothing to the throat. Mullein can also be taken as a tea that promotes healthy digestion and reduces stomach discomfort.
Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is a plant that can grow up to more than 2 meters and it is easy to find around since it grows pretty much everywhere. It can be found in all 50 states of America. Its leafs are fluffy and hairy (which can irritate the throat when drank).
Mullein (verbascum thapsus) is a genus of plants containing over two hundred different species. The plants are part of the figwort family and are tall plants with small velvety flowers in an array of colors from white, orange, and red to blue and purple. Some varieties of the Mullein include great mullein, common mullein, white mullein, and golden rod.
Mullein has a number of homeopathic uses. It is known for having astringent, sedative, and relaxing properties. It is often used to treat respiratory issues such as asthma and cough or colds. The herb is often gathered wild, rather than farmed. The most commonly used parts of the plant are the leaves and flowers.
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History and Use
Mullein has long been used as an herbal remedy for respiratory problems, including asthma. It is often a common herbal remedy for ear infections, especially in people sensitive to normal antibiotic treatments. It is also used to relieve sore throat, cough, and pleurisy. The flowers are the most commonly used part of the plant.
They are used in a variety of ways. Dried and powdered Mullein is often added to smoking blends for its beneficial effects on the respiratory system. However, smoking is one of the least effective means of using this plant’s properties. The flowers and leaves can be dried and made into a tea and there are tinctures, syrups and drops available for easy ingestion.
Common Uses of Mullein
Asthma: Mullein is well known for its positive effect on the respiratory system and is often used as a remedy for asthma. When taken as a tincture or tea on a regular basis, it is believed to reduce the frequency and severity of asthma related problems.
Cough: Mullein’s benefits to the respiratory system make it a great choice for use as a cough remedy. Many herbal cough syrups contain Mullein.
Sore Throat: One of the reasons Mullein is so popular is that it soothes the pain associated with irritation from coughs and infections. It does double duty when added to cough syrups or drank as a tea for respiratory ailments.
Ear Infections: Mullein is a common herbal remedy for ear infections. Known for its astringent properties and soothing effect, Mullein is very popular for use as ear drops.
As a Sedative or Legal High: Mullein leaves have a mild sedative and narcotic properties. When smoked or added to teas, they can produce a mild, legal high.
Methods of Use
As an Infusion or Tea: The dried flowers and leaves of the Mullein plant are often used in teas for coughs, colds, flus, sore throats, asthma, and upper respiratory infections.
As a Smoking Blend: While smoking isn’t the best way to impart Mullein’s curative properties on the respiratory system, Mullein leaves are believed to have sedative and narcotic properties and can provide a mild, legal high when smoked.
Dry the leaves for use in teas, nourishing infusions, or as a smoking or vaporizing herb. Strain teas through a coffee filter to avoid ingesting irritating hairs.Source: herbalremediesadvice.org
Users of Mullein report:
- Relief from cough
- Ease of sore throats
- Relief of pain associated with ear infection
- Healing of ear infection
- Feeling relaxed and mildly sedated
- Mild narcotic effect
Mullein has a number of positive effects on the body, mainly centered around the respiratory system, including the throat and lungs. Along with being a valuable expectorant, Mullein has a number of healing properties.
While some people have a mild sensitivity or skin allergy to Mullein, it is considered a safer alternative to many antibiotic treatments. It has no known side effects.
Mullein root is legal to buy, sell, own, and use. It is widely available in a variety of forms.
Where to buy Mullein
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