In the Know
About 2,000 years ago, the ancient Greek physician, pharmacologist, botanist, and author Dioscorides was the first to recommend using the mullein plant when seeking healing from pulmonary diseases. Many years later, the Zuni people processed mullein into a powder that they then used as a poultice for skin issues. The Abnaki tribe is said to have draped the root as a necklace around the necks of teething infants, while the Navajos smiled it! On another level, folk medicine espouses that mullein boasts magic, able to provide its user courage, protection, and the ability to attract love. Today, Mullein Leaf Tea is sought out for many reasons, but mainly for those seeking easy breathing.
What Exactly Is Mullein?
Native to Europe, northern Africa, and Asia, and established in the United States in the early 18th century, verbascum thapsus, or mullein, is a common biennial plant with furry leaves and small, yellow flowers that grows up to 8 feet tall. Mullein plants love the light, and easily spread through its hearty seed production.
Health Benefits Of Mullein Leaf Tea?
- A mucilage
- Contains potassium, calcium, magnesium, & other minerals
- Vitamin C-rich
- Encourages restful sleep
- Known to protect mucus membranes