Great mullein

Verbascum thapsus

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Also known as common mullein, woolly mullein, hig candlewick, indian rag weed, bullicks lungwort, Adams-rod, hare’s-beard, old man’s blanket, shepherd’s club or ice-leaf.

The story…

Great mullein is native to Europe, North Africa and Asia, and has been introduced in tempered regions. It favors well-lit and disturbed soils. Its name derives from Latin mollis, soft. During the Middle-Age, its shaft was used as a fast-burning torch.


Cough and pulmonary infections

Great mullein is a cough suppressant adapted for dry coughing. It eases tickling and throat inflammation, in the larynx and trachea, voice hoarseness, as well as symptoms of laryngitis, tracheitis, pharyngitis and bronchitis. It also brings humidity to mucous tissues dried up by lingering pulmonary infection.  


Infusion: 3 to 4 teaspoons dried flowers per cup, infused 15min and carefully filtered; drink regularly, 3 to 4 cups a day. Add honey to smooth the throat; for cough, combine with thyme; for allergic inflammations, add plantago leaves.


In case of persistent symptoms or if you have any doubts, consult a doctor.

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