Verbasco

Summary

Medicinal plant to treat cough (expectorant action), can be found in the form of infusion (tea) or syrup.

names

Portuguese name: mullein
Binomial name: Verbasci phlomoides, Verbascum densiflorum
English name: great mullein, verbascum, mullein
French name: bouillon blanc , molène
German name: Königskerze , Fakelblume, Kleinblütige Königskerze
Italian name: verbasco , tasso barbasso

Family

Scrophulariaceae (Escrofulariácea).

Constituents

Mucilages, flavonoids, saponins, essential oil, pectin

parts used

flowers, leaves

Effects

Expectorant , diuretic, emollient

Indications

Internal use (usually flower-based)
– Cough (productive cough, with expectoration), bronchitis , colds , tracheitis, sore throat (eg as a gargle)

External use (usually leaf-based)
– Haemorrhoids , anal itching, boils, pimples, anal fissures

Secundary effects

We don’t know.

contraindications

Pregnancy, breastfeeding. Some sources advise against using mullein for children under 12 years of age.

Interactions

we do not know

Mullein-based preparations

– Infusion of mullein flowers

– Syrup of mullein flowers

– Poultice of mullein leaves  (for external use)

– Decoction of mullein leaves (for external use)

– Mullein tincture (usually the dosage is 1 to 4 mL, three times a day).

– Capsules of mullein

– mother tincture

– Mullein oil (based on olive oil)
Recipe:
Muddle fresh mullein flowers (some sources recommend drying the flowers at least overnight after harvesting) and leave them for 20 days in olive oil, away from light, remember keep moving every day. Filter.
Use externally, for example on hemorrhoids and anal fissures. You can also apply 2 to 3 drops in the ear for mild disorders or pain in the ear, lie on your side and after administration remain in that position for at least 5 minutes. Repeat the procedure 2 to 3 times a day.
Be careful not to apply in the ear if the eardrum is perforated or during drainage.

Where does mullein grow?

Mullein grows both in Europe, in the Alps and in Asia.

When to harvest mullein?

The mullein flowers are harvested in the European summer (blooming from June to August).

Comments

– This plant can be found in infusions for sale in pharmacies and is effective in the indication mentioned above (cough). Mullein is easily found in the wild in Europe (for example, in the French Alps). It is possible to dry the flowers at home and make your own infusion, a low-cost treatment.

– Mullein seeds are toxic and should not be consumed.

– In the Middle Ages, mullein was already used in cases of various respiratory problems, such as cough, bronchitis or asthma .

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