Parts Used: leaves, flowers, roots
Also known as moth mullein, white mullein, woolen blanket herb, flannel flower, cow's lungwort, and velvet leaf. There are around 300 different species throughout the world but the known species of the United States is thapsus.
- diuretic (urine flow)
- anodyne (pain relief)
- antispasmodic (relaxes spasms)
- expectorant (expels mucus)
- pectoral (respiratory support)
- vulnerary (wound healing)
- alterative (blood cleansing)
- hemostatic (stops bleeding)
- vermicide (expel or destroy parasites)
- Respiratory support, use for any type of lung condition including shortness of breath. (leaves)
- Calms and strengthens the nerves, digestive and urinary systems.
- Affects the glands and lymphatic system.
- Relieves lung congestion as it can moisten and loosen "stuck" mucus. (leaves)
- Eases dry, irritable coughs and sore throat.
- Soothes inflamed mucus membranes throughout the body.
- Glandular imbalances, swollen glands and lymph congestion. (leaf)
- Boils, abscesses, tumors, bruises, insect bites, any kind of swelling and irritation. (leaf)
- Pain relief (flowers and root).
- Disinfectant for fighting infection internally and externally.
- Earache for pain relieving, infection fighting and antiseptic properties (flowers).
- Supports body structure and alignment. Use after a chiropractic adjustment to maintain the benefits. (root)
- Improves the health of cartilage in joints and spinal vertebrae. (root)
- Aids in healing spinal and nerve injuries. (root)
- Soothes joint pain and inflammation. (root)
- Hemorrhoids, use both internally and externally.
Methods of Use
- salve, ointment
- Root: Best harvested the first year while in the rosette stage either in spring or fall. Dig up the entire plant since the leaves can be dried and used as well. Chop root before drying.
- Leaves: Handpick leaves anytime, although the best time would be late spring, early summer.
- Flowers: Handpick while in full bloom or cut the upper 3-6" of stalk to dry.