Common Mullein, Verbascum thapsus, is a medicinal plant asthma suffers may want to know. Though it sounds strange the leaves were dried, ground, and smoked to relieve asthma attacks. Beyond that this plant has been used for a variety of ailments from colds and coughs to rashes and wounds. The plant has such a long history that the Romans used to dip the flower spikes in grease and use them as torches. The leaves are still used to this day as wicks.
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I found a mullein plant growing that we didn’t plant, I read up on it and was surprised to see all the different ways this plant could be used. Nice article btw
Hi Rita, Thank you.
thank you for this great info. I am wondering why we would use this plant medicinally if it contains Rotenone and Coumarin. My husband is on blood thinning meds now due to a tumour in his lung that has not grown. Using Mullein tea, his cough has almost disappeared. In your opinion, how potent is the Rotenone and Coumarin? I was surprised to read this as most info I read did not mention it
I know coumarin is the active ingredient in blood thinners, other than that I am not a medical professional. Sorry but this project about the historical uses of plants only. I would suggest talking to a doctor before using any plant with a prescribed medicine. For example, Spinach is high in Vitamin K and can effect an INR reading.
Great article. We have a Mullien plant growing and didn’t know what it was. Thanks for the info.
Thank you and you are welcome.