Mullein Tea - Ancient, Traditional, and Modern Benefits

Verbascum Thapsus, which is also known as the common mullein, flannel leaf, beggar’s blanket, velvet plant, candlewick plant, and Quaker rouge is a hairy medicinal plant that can grow to 2 meters tall or more.  This plant has many uses. The leaves can be made into tea. Different parts of it and its extract are sometimes used as cosmetic ingredients.  The flowers which are edible have a subtle taste with a natural sweetness. In fact, both the leaves and the flowers can be used in a salad.

History and Tradition of Mullein Tea

Because of its many uses, the common mullein was and still is widely recognized by different cultures. In ancient Rome, soldiers dipped it into tallow to make ceremonial torches. Some grew it as an ornamental plant. While others thought that it had power over witches and evil spirits, which is the reason why it was considered a magical plant back then. Probably, what made it more magical was the fact that it has long been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years. In fact, Dioscorides, a Greek physician first recommended it 2000 years ago as a treatment for pulmonary diseases. The belief that it was good for one’s respiratory health spread in different parts of Europe. For this reason, it was widely cultivated in some parts of the continent like Ireland, as a remedy for tuberculosis.   

Even though the mullein is native to Europe, Asia, and northern Africa, it was naturalized in Australia and the Americas, where it was used as treatment for lung diseases, sores, rashes, and skin infections by Native Americans.

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Benefits of the Mullein Tea

Many of the benefits of the mullein tea include were discussed in this article. Aside from being a good herbal drink for respiratory health, below are the additional possible benefits of this healthy drink:

  1. It may help treat headaches

Many herbalists have been using the leaves and fruits of the mullein herb to treat migraines. A   study can help confirm its effectiveness since it suggests that extracts from the mullein herb can help relieve headaches.

  1. It may help lower the risk of cancer

The common mullein is a source of saponins which lower cancer risk, inhibit the growth of tumor, and strengthen the immune system.

  1. It may help improve gut health

This herb contains mucilage which is anti constipation and anti cholesterol. It may remove toxins, heal the gut’s lining, and help keep the overall digestive system healthy.

  1. It may help protect against cellular damage

Flavanoids can be found in mullein tea. These powerful antioxidants help regulate cellular activity, fight oxidative stress, and protect the body from everyday toxins and stressors.

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