“Mullein” (also is known as American mullein, European or orange mullein, candleflower, candlewick, higtaper and lungwort.) Mullein is a traditional herb and boasts an illustrious history as a favored herbal remedy, and consequently, has found use in various disorders. Its traditional uses generally have focused on the management of respiratory issues such as the common winter cold, where it was used to treat asthma, coughs, tuberculosis, and related respiratory problems.
Mullein has expectorant and cough suppressant properties that make it useful for symptomatic treatment of sore throat and cough. Antiviral activity of mullein has been reported against herpes and influenza in more severe cases. However, in its various forms, the plant has been used also as to treat hemorrhoids, burns, bruises, and gout. .
Preparations of the plant have been ingested, applied topically, and smoked. The yellow flowers once were used as a source of yellow hair dye. In Appalachia, the plant has been used to treat colds and the boiled root administered for croup. Leaves are applied topically to soften and protect the skin. An oil derived from the flowers has been used to soothe earaches.
~Phoenix the Elder for Old Factory