Mullein Flower Oil
Veterinarian Reviewed on June 15, 2012 by Paulina Nelega, RH
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Mullein Flower Oil
Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is a genus of over 250 species of colorful flowering plants. It is also sometimes referred to as velvet plants. The Mullein is native to countries in Europe and in Asia. There are also quite a lot of species found in the Mediterranean area. It is also called flannel leaf, Mullein dock and also Aaron’s rod.
The Mullein is a perennial plant and can grow up to 3 feet tall. The Mullein plant forms a dense bunch of leaves with a single tall flowering stem. The leaves of the Mullein may appear hairy and are seen spirally arranged.
Mullein flowers which are the source of the Mullein flower oil are in different colors. Yellow is the most common color, along with orange, red, deep red, purple, in blue and also in white. The Mullein also grows little fruits that are in a capsule like shape.
History and Origin
Mullein flower oil comes from the extract of the Mullein flower. Mullein is seen in many botanical journals as an herb which is combined with other herbs to relieve coughs and also as a cure for a sore throat.
The use of the Mullein flower during ancient times was believed to be to drive away evil spirits and black magic. A small amount of the roots of the Mullein flower was also placed in wine to drive away illnesses of the gastrointestinal system.
However, in more modern times, Mullein flower oil is now used both as a tea, and as it was used in the past where it was combined with other herbs to treat coughs and colds. Non productive coughs are treated with Mullein flower oil and fresh Mullein flowers are used to make oil infusions for the use of the oil externally.
Tinctures of the Mullein flower oil were used to cure upper respiratory tract infections. This herbal remedy can soothe the smooth muscles of the respiratory tract due to a hacking cough.
Ear aches are also relieved with a tincture of Mullein flower oil two times a day. Frost bites and bruises are easily relieved with Mullein flower oil.
Teas made from the Mullein flower are able to treat gastrointestinal problems like stomach aches, stomach irritation, colic and indigestion.
Alternative smoking is a technique to eventually stop smoking and Mullein flower is a main or active ingredient in many of these alternative smoking products.
Mullein flower oil may cause gastric irritation if consumed in large amounts. Orally, it is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Very young children are not recommended to use Mullein flower oil.
If you would like to use Mullein flower oil for your illness, it is best to consult your doctor regarding dosage and adverse effects of this herbal remedy on the medications that you are currently taking.
Use of tinctures of Mullein flower oil for ear aches must be consulted first with your naturopathic doctor. Never self medicate with herbal remedies and always follow dosage and directions whenever you are taking any medication. If you are using Mullein flower oil externally, never apply it to open wounds. Cleanse the entire affected area first before applying this herbal remedy.
Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan