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Mullein is used specifically for bronchitis with hard cough and soreness. It is also used for colds and congestion.
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Externally, it was used to treat burns, wounds, ulcers, skin diseases, hemorrhoids, and rheumatic aches and pains. The smoke from the burning leaves was inhaled to relieve asthma. Mullein tea was taken as a sedative and pain-killer. Under the name of 'bullock's lungwort', the herb was used to treat cattle diseases, particularly those affecting the lungs. It is important that infusions or decoctions of mullein are finely strained to get rid of the irritant hairs, or down, which cover the plant.
Mullein is excellent in treating upper respiratory conditions such as bronchitis due to its tonic action on mucous membranes of the respiratory system. It also reduces inflammation of the trachea and at the same time soothes inflamed tissues. Mullein is used for its expectorant, demulcent, anti-viral and mild diuretic properties. Mullein's key constituents are Flavonoids, Tannins, Volatile oils, Mucilage, Triterpenoid saponins.
The leaves and flowers are used to reduce mucous and stimulate coughing up of phlegm. It has also been shown to have anti-viral efficacy against herpes virus type 1.
References: McCutcheon, A.R., Roberts, T.E., Gibbons.
*This information is based on Traditional and Folklore Medicine which uses natural materials to support health. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.
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