Historically, mullein was used as a treatment for tuberculosis as far back as the 16th century and some believed that if mullein was taken in the early stages of the disease that it could bring about a full recovery. Mullein’s strong anti-viral abilities also make it a potent remedy for the flu virus, the shingles virus, the herpes virus, the Epstein Barr virus, and Staph infections.
Mullein contains a compound called verbascoside which is an anti-inflammatory and particularly useful in helping to ease the pain associated with joint or muscle pain. Mullein tea is excellent for aiding a number of digestive problems including diarrhoea, constipation, indigestion, haemorrhoids, and intestinal worms.
Mullein also contains anti-spasmodic properties which makes its helpful for reducing both menstrual and stomach cramps. It is also known to be highly beneficial in providing migraine relief. Mullein has natural sedative properties and has been used to to help treat both insomnia and anxiety. Mullein oil (mullein extract in an olive oil base) is a highly effective remedy for ear infections and ear aches and can be safely used with children and adults alike.