Grandma's Mullein Tea Recipes & Medicinal Uses

Mullein Tea is quite popular as a medicinal tea due to its high mucilage content and for the treatment of respiratory ailments, including chronic bronchitis, asthmatic coughs, hoarseness and congestion. When this herbal tea is applied as a compress it also relieves skin irritations such as acne, eczema and bruises. In addition mullein leaf tea helps alleviate abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fluid retention.

mullein plant growing in garden Growing as high as 6 1/2 feet and bearing yellow flowers, mullein is difficult to overlook. Its stems and leaves are covered with thick, hairy fuzz, which relates to one of its dozens of common names, "donkey's ears". Mullein, or Verbascum thapsus, was once thought to protect against evil spirits. Native Americans used the large, soft leaves in a more practical manner-to line their moccasins, making the first insoles.

Mullein Leaf Tea can be Extremely Therapeutic

dried mullein leaves stored in canning jars

The highly respected medicinal herb mullein has a high content of mucilage and saponin. Mullein serves as a soothing anti-inflammatory remedy for the respiratory tract. Glyosides, including the antibacterial aucubin, and flavonoids, such as rutin, may be responsible for the plant's healing effect on skin inflammations, such as wounds, exzema, acne, bruises, hemorrhoids and dermantitis.

Chronic Bronchitis

fresh mullein leaves Mullein tea helps relieve bronchitis, especially when accompanied by congestion, hoarseness, fever and coughing. The saponins and iridoid glycosides can help relax the bronchial tubes, loosen thick mucuc, soothe the respiratory tract and promote expectoration.


A warm compress of mullein tea held to the ear and covered with a dry cloth can prevent the development of an ear infection.

Intestinal Inflammation and Diarrhea

The soothing, protective actions of mullein leaf tea are also effective for abdominal and intestinal cramps and diarrhea. The mucilage forms a protective layer on the intestinal mucosa and counteracts inflammatory irritations.

Shiny Hair and Healthy Scalp

After you wish your hair, treat it to a final rinse with mullein tea. The tea will leave a beautiful shine and also help maintain a healthy scalp.

Healing Mullein Tea Recipes

mullein and other herbs for herbal remedies

Mullein Tea

Pour 1 cup of boilig water over 1 - 2 teaspoons of dried mullein flowers and leaves. Cover and steep for 10 - 15 minutes. Pour the liquid through a find cloth or a coffee filter to strain out the plant's tiny hairs and fuzz, whish can irritate the throat.

You can drink up to 3 cups of mullein tea daily. Sweeten the tea with honey, if desired.

Caution Do not use mullein that has been harvested from parking lots or along roadways, sine it may contain toxins.

Herbal Tea Recipe to Soothe Coughs

1 1/2 ounce mullein leaves 1 ounce calendula flowers 3./4 ounce marsh-mallow 1/2 ounce licorice root

Prepare the tea as directed above for a soothing, naturally sweet expectorant blend that will help alleviate even the most stubborn, hacking coughs.

Medicinal Tea Recipe to Ease Colds

1 1/2 ounce mullein leaves 1 ounce elderberries 1 ounce plantain

Prepare the tea as directed above to help ease symptoms of common cold. the formula is particularly well suited for people who quickly develop bronchial problems whenever they get a simple cold.

Herbal Tea Recipe to Support Acne Treatment

1 1/2 ounce mullein flowers 3/4 ounce chamomile flowers 3/4 ounce dandelion 3/4 ounce wild-pansy

Prepare the tea mixture as directed above. This blend, along with a good diet, generous amounts of sugar-free liquids and stress reduction, helps the liver filter out toxins and cleanses the skin.

Mullein Tea Relieves Fluid Retention

Mullein leaf tea has a soothing effect on the urinary tract and facilitates urination. It also eases a nervous, irritable bladder and incontinence. Prepare mullein tea as directed above and drink 3 - 4 cups daily.

Medicinal Mullein Tea Uses

Herbal Tea Relief for Hemorrhoids

For hemorrhoidal irritation or perineal itching, prepare a strong Mullein Tea recipe with 4 tablespoons of mullein flowers and 1 quart of water. Steep until cool, and make sure you strain it thoroughly. Add the liquid to a sitz bath or dip a clean cloth in the tea; apply to affected areas 3 - 4 times a day or after urinating.

Medicinal Tea Relief for Bruises, Rashes and Skin Irritation

A compress of mullein flowers relieves bruises, rashes, and skin irritation. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tablespoon of dried flowers and cover. Let it steep until cool and strain. Soak a clean cloth in the tea, wring it out and place it on the affected areas. cover the compress with plastic wrap. Change it twice daily.

Quick Relif for Nasal Congestion

Add a handful of mullein flowers toa bowl of hot water. cover your head with a towel and deeply inhale the vapors.


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