Common mullein, Verbascum thapsus, is a European plant that has made its way all over the world. The USDA plant distribution maps show it in all the U.S. states and all but Arctic Canada. It is a member of the Scrophulariaceae, the snapdragon family.
The name mullein may be from mollis, Latin for soft, a description of the big hairy leaves, but it is possibly from the Latin malandrium, a disease of cattle, for which mullein was a remedy.
Perhaps the majestic appearance of the mature plant up to 21 m (7 ft) tall, with candelabra-like flowering spikes - earned it this respect, or perhaps its use as a source of light: Greeks fashioned mullein fibers into lamp wicks or used the dried leaves, and Romans dipped the whole head of the plant into tallow and carried this natural torch in funeral possessions.
Like many plants of European origin, mullein was credited with power over witches and evil spirits. It was considered one of 23 important healing herbs in medieval Jewish medical practice. Mulleind large stalk was used as a ceremonial torch as far back as ancient Rome.
Mullein Leaf Verbascum Thapsus
To make as a tea, use 1 tablespoon and steep in water for 5-10 minutes. Mullein has been used for thousands of years for lung support. It is great paired with horehound.
Herbal medicine has been practiced throughout human history and Mullein has been a huge part of the journey. It is large full easy to care for plant. This is the dried leaves portion.
Mullein has been known for centuries as Gordolobo in Mexico, where it was used by the Nahuatl and other indigenous cultures long before the coming of the conquistadors. Gordolobo is still sold in medicinal herbs stands throughout Mexico as a remedy for hemorrhoids and varicose veins as well as throat ailments. Common Mullein is a non-native plant with a long distinguished history (see the Lore section at page bottom) that yet attaches scant respect. It is doubtful that anyone actually plants it in their garden but hopefully a few would let it grow when it shows up.
The plant tends to show up all over as it is most happy to colonize roadsides and disturbed soil where a grouping of plants can make a stately impression. It is biennial and grows from a basal rosette that sends up the flower spike the second year. If the rosette is not formed early in the growing season, the young plant may not survive the winter.
Precautions: Small hairs on mullein leaf may cause irritation in the mouth and throat if not filtered out of extracts prior to consumption. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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