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What is Mullein?

Mullein is also known by some other names such as large-leaved mullein and orange mullein. Mullein gets its name from its Latin name Verbascum densiflorum also known as Verbascum Thapsus and it is part of the Scrophulariaceae or Spinach family.

Mullein is native to the regions bordering the Mediterranean Sea and to Ethiopia. It has been naturalized in moister areas of Europe and North America where it is a roadside weed. The leaves and flowers of the mullein are used in herbal medicine.

Benefits of Mullein:
The herb mullein is an old-time remedy for bronchitis and dry, unproductive coughs. Mullein is a good expectorant, and in the process of clearing out the congestion, it also soothes irritation in the throat and bronchial passages. An antispasmodic, mullein can relieve stomach cramps and help control diarrhea.

Mullein is used to relieve pain. It has many other uses but one of its main uses is for lung disease, coughs, hemorrhage of respiratory organs, Mullein has a pain relieving property that quiets infalmmed and irritated nerves and it soothing to almost any inflammation.

Mullein benefits:
Covers and protects scraped tissues
Softens and soothes irritated skin
Shrinks tissues
Prevents secretion of fluids
Ease coughs and sore throats
Soothe minor abrasions
Relieve hemorrhoid pain

Ingredients of Mullein:
Mullein contains a considerable quantity of flavonoids, tannins, glucidic substances, and because of that it has expectorant, emollient, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antihistaminic and calming effects. Because of its expectorant effects, mullein flowers can be used in treating bronchitis and coughing.

Mullein has been a popular remedy for treating respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis and coughs. It is also used to control diarrhea, increase urine production and to soothe throat irritation and clear congestion. Externally, it is used to calm the inflammation of hemorrhoids, soften skin and to treat wounds.

Other specific benefits of Mullein for treating health conditions that include the following:

Bloodshot eyes, cuts and scrapes, diarrhea, ear infection and hemorrhoids - mullein flowers are steeped in olive oil and then strained to make a remedy for ear infection in Germany. Mullein contains mucilages that coat and soothe areas of the epithelium lining the ear canal that have been injured by infection. Mullein also contains sterols that stop hormonal processes causing inflammation and pain. Compresses made from mullein alleviate the inflammation that causes bloodshot eyes.

Mullein contains tannins which is a substance the constrict tissue and reduce bleeding. When mullein is used externally hemorrhoids and wounds responds well. The tannins which are present in mullein also help to treat diarrhea by reducing inflammation in the intestines.

Gaia Herbs Mullein Leaf

Nature's Answer's Mullein Flower

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