Also known as Verbascum Blattaria. The dried leaves were smoked to relieve lung congestion, asthma and bronchitis by the natives. The first pioneers rubbed the leaves on their cheeks to create a beautiful red flash. It can be used as an excellent alternative to toilet paper due to its soft absorbent leaves. Roman women used the flowers to dye their hair blond. The down on the flowers and stem makes excellent tinder when quite dry, readily igniting on the slightest spark. Mullein oil is a valuable destroyer of disease germs. Mullein is a terrific narcotic herb that is not addictive or poisonous. it is used as a pain killer and to bring on sleep.
It is considered a specific in bronchitis where there is a hard cough with soreness. The leaves and flowers simmered and used as a wash for broken skin. I it is antiinflammatory with antibiotic activity. Also, used in poultices for arthritis. A tincture of mullein dropped in the ear will act as an antiseptic to treat bacterial ear infection.
Provides vitamin B2, B5, B12, and magnesium.