Mullein Monograph

Mullein – Verbascum thapsus – Saturn

Family: Scrophulariaceae


  • Biennial; tender perennial
  • Tall stalked, yellow flowers in the 2nd year
  • Leaves: grow in a rosette shape, soft

Habitat: Europe, Asia Native – disturbed, dry area

To Grow: Full sun, poor soil with good drainage – drought tolerant

Harvest: leaf – year round; flower stalk. Don’t dry the flower

Energetics: cool; moist – yin – Fire/water

Actions: leaf: astringent, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, alterative, antiviral, demulcent, diuretic, emollient, vulnerary, anodyne, antispasmodic, antibacterial, antiseptic, yin tonic

flower: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, demulcent, emollient, mucilaginous, nervine, sedative

root: diuretic

Constituents: Flavonoids; mucilage; saponins; tannins; volatile oil

Medicinal Uses:


  • decoction or tincture: facial nerve pain
  • decoction or tincture: Bell’s Palsy
  • urinary obstruction
  • diarrhea, colitis


  • Olive Oil Topical: eczema
  • Olive Oil Topical: impacted wax
  • Olive Oil Topical: aching joints
  • Insomnia with palpitations
  • flower is more demulcent than the leaf


  • Fresh; topical: abscesses, bruises, injuries from falls
  • Infused leaf gargle: laryngitis, tonsillitis
  • cough – hard and dry, worse when lying down
  • steam and infusion: bronchial issues
  • diarrhea, colitis
  • internal and poultice: sciatica
  • kidney infection
  • eczema
  • asthma
  • bronchitis
  • cystitis
  • hay fever
  • tumors
  • whooping cough
  • topical to heal skin and mucosa
  • leaf and flower nourish yin
  • intense coughs that wear down the villi of the lungs
  • leaf is more astringent than the flower
  • catarrh
  • emphysema
  • flu
  • hayfever
  • laryngitis
  • TB
  • actively inhibits reproduction of herpes simplex virus

Flower Essence:

  • Get in touch with their conscience and inner voice, helping to become more themselves
  • inner light that guides us along the path
  • remedy for uprightness, honesty, moral conscience, great for those who feel weak or confused, unable to tune into their inner voice, or who are wrestling with their conscience
  • It’s helpful when needing inner strength – helps you be true to yourself
  • promotes teamwork and moral strength


  • tea – not super edible


  • involves fire elements
  • leaves to light sacred fires
  • stalk dried and soaked in tallow – hallows torch
  • carried for courage, protection, and love
  • rituals for women
  • fed to animals for cough
  • doll blankets
  • yellow dye


  • leaf may be useful for canine herpes virus and feline viral rhinotracheitis
  • strong tea (10 ml/30lbs dogs; 5ml/cat 2Xdaily ) or glyceride can be given directly
  • asthma, especially combined with grindelia and elecampane
  • poultice for minor wounds and insect bites
  • lowers the acidity of urine – various urinary disorders where urine pH is too low
  • flowers toward infections in the ears – including ear mites – oil infusion (also fights against fleas and mange)
  • Root tincture for urinary incontinence (some)


  • toxic to aquatic animals

Personal Uses:

What a wonderful, furry friend. He took just over two years to flower in my garden but he’s tall and glorious! I use this guy to bring up old, stuck mucus in my chest (as a smoker, I have a lot of that) especially when I use it with Aralia californica. The leaves make a beautiful faerie bed 🙂


Alfs, M. (2003). 300 Herbs Their Indications and Contraindications. New Brighton, MN: Old Theology Book House.

Gardner, L. (2008). Life in the medicine: A guide to growing and harvesting herbs for medicine making. Sebastopol, C.A.: Emerald Earth Pub.

Hoffmann, D. (2003). Medical herbalism: The science and practice of herbal medicine. Rochester, Vt.: Healing Arts Press.

Beyerl, P. (1984). The master book of herbalism. Custer, Wash.: Phoenix Pub.


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