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Mullein  has recently been getting much attention, particularly for its benefits to Respiratory health in the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic. With demulcent, expectorant and astringent properties, Mullein leaves and flowers are rich in saponins which are thought to be responsible for the potent respiratory benefits of this herb. They also contain mucilage which coats and soothes irritated mucus membranes, whilst their expectorant qualities help to expel congestion from the lungs.


According to research, Mullein is a cross between the demulcents and saponin-bearing expectorants, which makes it effective in alleviating conditions such as bronchitis with a persistent cough, dry hacking coughs, whooping cough, colds, flu and sinusitis. The saponins contained in Mullein also exhibit anti-viral properties, further adding to its effectiveness against flu and other complaints caused by viruses.


Mullein can be used to help to detoxify the lungs after quitting smoking. Breathing in steam from its leaves or consuming the tea can help to break up and clear out the tar that has accumulated in the lungs. It can also help to cleanse and soothe the bronchial tubes and strengthen the lungs.

Research has also demonstrated Mullein to have significant Anti-Inflammatory and Antibacterial properties,  is highly beneficial to Digestive Health and eliminates Earaches and Ear Infections. 


This versatile herb has a long history of traditional use for a wide range of respiratory disorders, to speed up wound healing, to ease rheumatic pain and for haemorrhoids. It is thought that Mullein was introduced to Indigenous People by Europeans where it was quickly incorporated into their healing tradition. The Navajo were known to smoke the leaves to treat asthma and to clear lung congestion. In Ireland, Mullein leaves were boiled in milk to make a decoction that was used as a remedy for tuberculosis.


Mullein leaves are rich in biologically active compounds, such as iridoids, saponins, flavonoids, phenylethanoids, and neolignan glycosides. Other compounds include; verbascose, verbascoside, verbasterol, rotenone, mucilage, heptaose, coumarin, aucubin, and ascorbic acid, in addition to the minerals, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, and selenium.


Scholarly article on Mullein:

Common mullein, pharmacological and chemical aspects

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