Mullein – The Great Base Herb

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.

Botanical Name

Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)

Taste & Effects

Neutral smell and flavor when it is smoked. Mild relaxing effects.
Texture is fluffy; does not contain much stems.
Great base for herbal smoking blend.

Historical usage

Clean the lungs, activate lymph circulation in the chest and the neck, diuretic, encourage expectoration, sooth the throat

Mullein Overview

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. 



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.

Side Effects

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.

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12 thoughts on “Mullein – The Great Base Herb”

  1. I have tried mullein flower, not the standard herb. It gives a reliable relaxant effect. It is either a sedative or a tranquilizer of some sort. I would not recommend smoking it before driving or anything where falling asleep would put you in danger. This is probably the best thing I have smoked from the site to date, it is sweet and goes down smooth. After smoking a pipe full, I got a broad calm buzz that lasted for over an hour. Good stuff.

  2. I’m currently taking myself off of oxycodone after 8 years. Yes, my doctor is aware and helping. I was born with a spinal disease that causes much pain. I also smoke tobacco only. Another thing I need to stop. My question is: will this herb give me bad side effects if I smoke it while I’m getting off my pain medication? Thanks!

    1. I tried it and it works great for helping with side effects of getting off my meds and cigarettes! I’m already smoking a third of what I use too in only two days! It didn’t take long to get use to it either. It’s like extremely mild marijuana I think? I have to remind myself to take the amount of meds I’ve allotted myself. My back will remind me too at times. I’m so glad I decided to give this a try. Great stuff!
      Other benefits are: sleeping better, no morning allergies and some weight loss as it curbs my appetite. I’ve been eating fresh fruits instead of junk as my body now craves fruit. Yea!

  3. when I have an asthma attack, it only takes one puff of smoked mullein and my smooth muscles in my lungs relax and stops the asthma in its tracks. I only have mild to moderate asthma.

    1. Yup, I found some near a railroad here in Canada. I’ve cut the head, boiled it until I had a brownish liquid, and had a healthy tea.

    2. It is very unsafe to use any roadside herbs, they get sprayed with salts and all sorts of pretty nasty stuff, also they are usually not very healthy plants! If trying to harvest and use these herbs, you must find them away from roads and paths.

    3. I have seen a lot of it up where I live in New Hampshire. I read somewhere that it grows in all 50 states.

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