Verbascum thapsus Common Name: Mullein, Common or Great Mullein & Cowboy toilet paper
Mullein is a hardy biennial weed whose leaves are covered in fine, soft hairs that resemble the cilium of human lungs. It is found all over the world, from China to Arizona, even on the island of Hawaii.
The usefulness of this unique herb is as broad as its habitat. Mullein leaves act as a bronchodilator, expectorant and antispasmodic when ingested as tea, extract or even when smoked, making it an excellent herb to relieve symptoms of asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory ailments. Click here for an excellent review of Mulleins chemical make-up and in depth research on its reported medical applications. Mulleins seeds contain Rotenone, an effective piscicide, pesticide and insecticide. Traditionally natives would mix the seeds in with a fish bait and throw it into the water. Fish that consume the seed filled bait would become incapacitated and float to the surface, making them incredibly easy to gather. Each Mullein plant can produce up to 240,000 seeds.
In 2012 a research paper was published that reported Mullein extract as a "more potent wormicidal agent than albendazole" for the treatement of both roundworms and tapeworms. Click here for that study.
Aside from being used for fishing, torches, toilet paper, cigarettes, expulsion of parasites and respiratory ailments, Mullein has also been found to have notable antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer activity. This is one of the Earths most versatile plants. Contraindications: Consult a healthcare professional before using Mullein if you are pregnant/lactating or currently taking prescription medications. Mullein is not recommended to individuals with Liver diseases such as (but not limited to) Hepatitis, Jaundice or liver cancer due to its Coumarin content.
*For educational purposes only. Not intended to diagnose, treat, cure,or prevent any disease.