Also known as the velvet plant, mullein (verbascum) is a genus that has over 250 species of flowering plants native to Europe and Asia. The leaves of Verbascum Thapsus are commonly known as mullein leaves, and are used in many medications today.
When it comes to gardening, these plants are known for their tall structure and their ability to survive even in dry soils. The flower of this plant, which has symmetrical leaves, are also commonly used as a medicine, and has a long history of use as an herbal remedy.
The active ingredients present in this plant are now used in many alternative smoking blends and it is also used by many herbal medicine practitioners today for the treatment of many health conditions.
Let’s take a closer look and check out some other uses of mullein
- In many manufacturing companies, mullein is added as a flavoring agent to add a flavor to alcoholic beverages.
- The flowers of this plant are used in the natural treatment of cough, cold and other respiratory conditions.
- Some herbal medicine practitioners believe that the extracts of this herb may also be effective against conditions like bronchitis, hoarseness of the throat, whooping cough, tuberculosis, flu, tonsillitis, allergies, chills and even asthma.
- Mullein extracts are also used as a treatment for earaches.
- When applied to the skin, mullein extracts could help soothe burns, wounds, bruises and skin infections and speed up skin repair.
- Many gastrointestinal conditions like diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, colic etc. can be handled by consuming mullein extracts.
- Individuals suffering from frostbites, cellulitis and hemorrhoids can experience relief in their condition after applying the extracts of mullein directly to the skin.
- Joint pain, gout, migraine, swine flu and many other chronic conditions can be dealt with by using mullein extracts as a natural remedy.
- Mullein extracts are also sometimes used as a sedative and is thought to exhibit diuretic properties, which help increase urine output.