Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
Verbascum thapsus is native to Europe, Asia and
Mullein is a demulcent, meaning that it forms a soothing film over mucous membranes relieving minor pain and inflammation. It has emollient and astringent properties making it a great herb for dry coughs. It also has sedative qualities. A tea can be made of the leaves but be sure to strain the hairs carefully as they irritate the mucous membranes. The leaves are sometimes smoked to relieve irritation of the respiratory mucous membranes. Smoking the dried herb can be beneficial for asthma and spasmodic coughs.
I've dried some leaves to prepare for winter tisanes and have tinctured some for sale on Etsy.