Every herb seems to be magical. But if there’s one that fits the bill, it’s mullein.
This medicinal plant is also known as Verbascum thapsus L. and common mullein.1 It has been used all over the world, from European folk medicine to Pakistani tribes.2 3 These days, it is easy to find commercially, making it a must-have for your home.
From the root to the flower, every part of mullein has health benefits. Here are seven ways this plant can transform your health.
1. Provides Antioxidants
Disease prevention is one of the best uses of mullein. This herb is teeming with polyphenols!4 These micronutrients have strong anti-oxidative abilities, giving you protection from diseases like cancer and heart disease.5
2. Cleans Cuts And Wounds
As a natural antiseptic, mullein is great for treating cuts and wounds.6 Its antimicrobial activity will kill harmful bacteria and protect your injury. This way, you can pave the way for proper healing.
This benefit of mullein is so strong that it can even destroy Staphylococcus aureus, the bacteria that causes staph skin infections.7
3. Relieves Diarrhea
Dealing with an upset stomach? Turn to mullein. This plant is a gentle, traditional remedy for diarrhea.8 It’ll also work if you have diarrhea with blood, a type of gastroenteritis called dysentery.9
4. Eases Abdominal Pain
Sometimes, diarrhea gets so bad that it causes stomach pain. You might also feel cramps from gas, pulled muscles, or simply eating too much.10 But mullein can save the day.
It’s all thanks to the antispasmodic activity. This will relax your abdominal muscles and help the pain subside.11
5. Treats Flus
Mullein is a strong antiviral agent. Research has even shown specific antiviral activity against the influenza virus. Because of this benefit, mullein is considered to be an amazing flu cure.12
To top it off, this herb is known for treating fevers and coughs, two common flu symptoms.13 Plus, the relaxing effect will help you get some rest.
6. Controls Asthma
If you have asthma, smoking is a big no-no. So you might be surprised to know that smoking mullein leaves can benefit asthma. Traditionally, it’s been used to ease chest complaints and other lung problems.14 Be sure to work with a holistic doctor before trying this remedy.
However, all forms of mullein have a soothing action on the respiratory tract.15
7. Cures Migraines
Are you prone to headaches? Next time, skip the ibuprofen and reach for mullein. It has health benefits for migraine headaches, making it an important herb to keep on hand.16
Try combining mullein oil with peppermint oil, one of the best headache remedies.17
How To Use Mullein
Mullein is available in many forms. As a tea, it pairs well with dried spearmint leaves, honey, and lemon. If you don’t like the taste, boil the tea and inhale the steam. This is a great way to heal your lungs and throat.
Mullein essential oil is perfect for aromatherapy. To apply it to the skin, dilute five drops in a carrier oil like coconut, apricot, or grapeseed oil.
You can also find this herb in capsules. Because of mullein’s benefits, this can be an alternative to drugs like Advil (for headaches) and Imodium (for diarrhea).
|↑1, ↑7||Turker, Arzu Ucar, and N. D. Camper. “Biological activity of common mullein, a medicinal plant.” Journal of ethnopharmacology 82, no. 2 (2002): 117-125.|
|↑2||Grigore, Alice, Svetlana Colceru-Mihul, Simona Litescu, Minerva Panteli, and Iuksel Rasit. “Correlation between polyphenol content and anti-inflammatory activity of Verbascum phlomoides (mullein).” Pharmaceutical biology 51, no. 7 (2013): 925-929.|
|↑3, ↑6, ↑9, ↑11, ↑13, ↑14||Ali, Niaz, Syed Wadood Ali Shah, Ismail Shah, Ghayour Ahmed, Mehreen Ghias, Imran Khan, and Waqar Ali. “Anthelmintic and relaxant activities of Verbascum Thapsus Mullein.” BMC complementary and alternative medicine 12, no. 1 (2012): 29.|
|↑4, ↑15||Grigore, Alice, Svetlana Colceru-Mihul, Simona Litescu, Minerva Panteli, and Iuksel Rasit. “Correlation between polyphenol content and anti-inflammatory activity of Verbascum phlomoides (mullein).” Pharmaceutical biology 51, no. 7 (2013): 925-929.|
|↑5||Manach, Claudine, Augustin Scalbert, Christine Morand, Christian Rémésy, and Liliana Jiménez. “Polyphenols: food sources and bioavailability.” The American journal of clinical nutrition 79, no. 5 (2004): 727-747.|
|↑8, ↑16||Turker, Arzu Ucar, and Ekrem Gurel. “Common mullein (Verbascum thapsus L.): recent advances in research.” Phytotherapy Research 19, no. 9 (2005): 733-739.|
|↑10||Abdominal Pain Syndrome. American College of Gastroenterology.|
|↑12||Rajbhandari, M., R. Mentel, P. K. Jha, R. P. Chaudhary, S. Bhattarai, M. B. Gewali, N. Karmacharya, M. Hipper, and U. Lindequist. “Antiviral activity of some plants used in Nepalese traditional medicine.” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 6, no. 4 (2009): 517-522.|
|↑17||Göbel, H., A. Heinze, K. Heinze-Kuhn, A. Göbel, and C. Göbel. “Peppermint oil in the acute treatment of tension-type headache.” Schmerz (Berlin, Germany) 30, no. 3 (2016): 295-310.|