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MULLEIN

TOORTS of KONINGSKAARS, Verbascum thapsus
Parts used: Flowering herb
Constituents: Mucilage and gum, Saponins, Volatile oil, Glycosides, Bitter, Flavonoids, Resins, Vitamins: A, B complex, and D. Minerals: high in iron, magnesium, potassium and sulphur
 
Actions Indications
Expectorant
Demulcent
Top respiratory herb, relaxant and softening. Bronchitis, tracheitis, respiratory catarrh, common colds, coughs, especially hard persistent ones - acute, dry, hacking, haemoptysis, tuberculosis, pleurisy, whooping cough, asthma, hay fever, makes mucous fluid, swollen glands, rhinitis, croup.
Combines well with Horehound, Coltsfoot and Lobelia for bronchitis
Diuretic mild  
Antitussive Earaches, wounds, earwax, glue ear due to allergies, when teething
Anti-allergenic Use for those giving up smoking … helps with cough, reduces cravings, has narcotic qualities
Anti-bacterial  
Externally:
Emollient
Vulnerary 
Fomentation of leaves in vinegar excellent for piles, ulcers, tumours, sciatica, sore joints. Bruised fresh leaves applied to boils Earache, use 30g per 500mL olive oil
 
Herbal extract, 20-60mL per week
Energetics: Cool, astringent, sweet. Dosha: V+PK-
Meridians: lungs, stomach, large intestine, bladder
For ear infections, one part + 1 part Echinacea and part Myrrh; this is taken orally, but treatment may be combined with oils of mullein and lavender in the outer ear
Contraindications: None
 
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