Scientific name: Verbascum thapsus
A tall flowering weed, mullein can get up to 7 feet in height, and is well known for remedying various respiratory problems, especially coughs.
- Great remedy for: coughs, bronchial congestion, colds, allergies, and other respiratory problems.
- Improves glandular imbalances
- Anodynes: known to relieve pain
- Antiseptic properties
- Infection fighting
- The leaves have tiny hairs on the backside that may be irritating for the throat or skin, so when making tea, strain with a coffee filter or cheese cloth to be safe.
- The leaves and flowers can be used for tea.
(consult a doctor if experiencing any serious conditions)
CAUTION: If using fresh leaves, the hairs on the underside can be irritating for sensitive skin, so wrap in a cheese cloth before using.
- Asthma: the leaf has been mixed with other herbs and smoked to relieve asthma.
- Boils, bruises, bug bites: create a fresh poultice with mullein leaves and apply as needed.
- Ear infection: drop a few drops of warm mullein oil into the ear, and pain should subside quickly and heal the infection in a matter of days.
How to Grow
Mullein is a biennial, so by the second year it will grow a flowering stalk up to 7 feet, give off seeds, and then it dies. Plant in the Fall.
Where do you live?
This plant isn’t picky and does well in a variety of settings, ranging from zones 3 to 8. It is drought tolerant and can handle rocky ground.
Put em in the ground
Easy to start from a seed and once planted will continue to sow itself as long as you’d like it in the garden. Make sure it’s in a place that the 7 ft tall stalks won’t be a nuisance!
- Full sun
- Well drained, rich soil
- pH 5-7.5
- Leaves are best harvested in the summer of its second year as the stalk is growing.
- Flowers and buds can be harvested as needed, usually between July and September.
- Gather roots before the stalk begins to grow.
- All parts can be used fresh or dried.
- Mullein grows plentifully in a variety of settings and so is fairly low maintenance.