Mullein Herb review and how to use it
Feb 18 2016 by
Ray Sahelian, M.D.

Common mullein herb (Verbascum thapsus) is a medicinal plant readily found in roadsides, meadows and pasture lands and has been used to treat pulmonary problems, inflammatory diseases, asthma, spasmodic coughs, diarrhea and migraine headaches. Although mullein has been used medicinally since ancient times, the popularity of common mullein has been increasing. The use of common mullein extracts in folk medicine begun recently to be supported by an increasing number of research studies. Mullein helps relieve hoarseness.

Nat Prod Res. 2012. Antiviral effect and mode of action of methanolic extract of Verbascum thapsus on pseudorabies virus (strain RC/79).

The dried mullien leaf and flowers, capsules, alcohol extracts and the mullein flower oil can easily be found in health stores. You can also find mullein tea.

Mullein side effects
At this time not enough research is available to determine mullein side effects.

Mullein Research
The mullein (Verbascum phlomoides L., V thapsus L., V. thapsiforme Schrad., V. speciosum L.) is a medicinal herb known and used for a long time, especially in traditional Turkish medicine.

Biological activity of common mullein, a medicinal plant.
J Ethnopharmacol. 2002. Turker AU, Camper ND. Department of Plant Pathology and Physiology, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is a medicinal plant that has been used for the treatment of inflammatory diseases, asthma, spasmodic coughs, diarrhea and other pulmonary problems. The objective of this study was to assess the biological activity of Common Mullein extracts and commercial Mullein products using selected bench top bioassays, including antibacterial, antitumor, and two toxicity assays--brine shrimp and radish seed. Extracts were prepared in water, ethanol and methanol. Antibacterial activity (especially the water extract) was observed with Klebsiella pneumonia, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis and Escherichia coli. Agrobacterium tumefaciens-induced tumors in potato disc tissue were inhibited by all extracts. Toxicity to Brine Shrimp and to radish seed germination and growth was observed at higher concentrations of the extracts.

Q. Can a mullein supplement be used the same day as curcumin or saw palmetto?
     A. I don't see why not.