Mullein (latin name:verbascum thapsus) is a tall yellow-flowered plant known for its velvety leaves. It grows abundant in the wild, and is most common on open uncultivated land, along roadsides and in the dunes. The plant is native to Europe, the Mediterranean, North Africa and Asia. It has been around for thousand of years and has a long history of medicinal use. The name Mullein is a derivation of the Latin word ‘Mollis’ which means soft and refers to the texture of the leaves. Mullein has more than 200 different species and the most popular type used is common mullein. The leaves are harvested near the bottom of the plant and used either fresh or dried to make various health products. Our alkaline herbal capsules are made out of dried common mullein leaves.
Mullein carries different active compounds, such as saponins, flavonoids, phenylethanoid and iridoids, that have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant and antitumor properties. It is an expectorant, which means that it helps the body expel excess mucus, usually by bringing up mucus in the chest or throat area by making your coughs more productive. This qualifies it as a great herb to detoxify the lungs after quitting smoking. Mullein has been used for respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, congestion, whooping cough and dry cough for thousand of years. It also has strong antiviral effects, being particularly useful against the influenza virus.
Benefits of Mullein:
• clears mucus from the lungs
• detoxifies the lungs after quitting smoking
• has anti-inflammatory properties
• has antibacterial properties
• demulcent, expectorant and astringent properties
• fights flu causing viruses
• can help relieve ear aches and infections for humans
• relieves joint pain and muscle spasms
• eases respiratory illness
• increases lymph flow
• soothes skin, cold sores and hemorrhoids
• can help alleviate lung congestion
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