Mullein (verbascum thapsus) has a special affinity for the respiratory organs, with a valued reputation for its remarkable narcotic properties without being poisonous and harmful. It is a great pain killer, calming and quieting all inflamed and irritated nerves. Its high nutritive value steadily increases weight in wasting disorders. Mullein soothes and strengthens the bowels and renal system, and is one of the most important agents for influencing the endocrine glands.The roots, flowers and leaves are all medicinal and can be used for many different ailments when combined with various other herbs.
Mullein is one of my favorite herbs (yeah, that's me in the photo, during my early teaching days back in the 80's when I did many herb walks with students in the streets of The Bronx). Oohh . . . maybe I'll post some of my herb walk pictures and photos of herbs I've taken. Would you like that, just out of curiosity, or find it beneficial? Actually, from the photos you might be able to learn to identify some herbs in your own community that you walk by every day on the way to the train or bus or store or doctors office [umm, we have to work on cutting out "the trip to the doctors office" <;o)) ]
I have used Mullein many times over the years for various sports and martial arts sprains and injuries. I would boil some water and wrap some Mullein (along with some PLANTAIN which is a powerful pain reliever, antispasmodic - maybe I'll do Plantain tomorrow) in a towel and let it sit in the pot (covered) for 30 minutes or more. Then apply the 'hot compress' to the inflamed area - as it cooled, I would simply pour more of the hot infusion to re-soak the cloth.
Mullein has a neutral taste, mildly pleasant and affects the lungs, glands and lymphatic system. Its properties and therapeutic actions are as an expectorant, astringent, demulcent, diuretic, vulnerary and antispasmodic.