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Scientific name

Verbascum thapsus





Also called blanket herb, velvet dock, shepard’s club, old lady’s flannel, bullock’s lungwort , aaron's rod, adam's flannel, and american mullein.

Mullein is a flowering plant found in mild climates and tropical mountain areas in parts of asia and africa, & europe. It is reportedly used by some arabic tribes . It has silvery green leaves and bright yellow flowerings.

Parts used

Flowers (fruit), roots & leaves (vegetation)


A healer of the lungs for stubborn congestion and coughs


Organs & systems affected

Heent system

Respiratory system

Gastrointestinal system

Flower essence

A herb for those with a weak moral fiber to reduce confusion and indecisiveness. Helps when one is naïve to the truth

Mechanism of action

Leaves: analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, astringent, demulcent, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, antirheumatic, vulnerary

Flowers: antispasmodic, demulcent, emollient, nervine, sedative


Bitter, salty; soothing, dry and cooling

Plant constituents

Resin, saponins, glycoside (aucubin), flavonoids (hesperidin, verbascoside), choline, magnesium, mucilage, tannins, carotene, iron, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, calcium phosphate

Traditional uses

Orally, mullein is used for respiratory tract inflammation, cough, hoarseness, earaches, colds, flu, fever, allergies, asthma, diarrhea, gastrointestinal inflammation, headaches, and arthritis.

Topically, mullein is used for wounds, burns, hemorrhoids, bruises, frostbite, and inflamed mucosa. The leaves are used topically to soften and protect the skin.


Interactions & adverse reactions

There is limited information regarding the adverse effects of mullein in humans. One case of occupational dermatitis has been reported.

Pregnancy and lactation

There is an insufficient amount of reliable information, therefore it is safer to avoid potential risk by avoiding use of mullein unless instructed by a certified naturopathic doctor.


Topically: 1 to 3 drops in each ear, 2 times per day or as tolerated.

Herbal infusion: 1 or 2 teaspoons per cup. Steep 10 minutes covered. Consume 1 to 3 cups per day or as tolerated.

Syrup: 2 to 4 teaspoons per day or as tolerated.

Tincture: 1 or 2 dropperfuls (or 20 drops), 3 to 6 times per day or as tolerated.

Our favorite pairings

Echinacea, cleavers, raspberry leaf, sage, calendula. Spearmint, and lemongrass


The information contained within this website is for educational purposes only. This site merely recounts the traditional uses of specific plants as recorded throughout history. With the information provided on this website, we wish to begin the journey to educate the community based on research, african holistic health, and herbal science. This information, in no shape or form, is intended to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent disease, or make claims against products or companies. This information provided on this site is to make public information and information acquired from research studies easily available to you. Rooted vigor, llc is giving you the opportunity to draw your own conclusions and make your own decisions from the information provided. The information on this website may or may not have been evaluated by the fda. Seek advice from a medical practitioner as necessary.


Pursell, jj. The herbal apothecary: 100 medicinal herbs and how to use them. Timber press. Kindle edition.





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