Season 2 Episode 3:
How to Use Mullein


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How to Use Mullein




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Episode Summary

In this episode, I’m sharing the respiratory health benefits of mullein leaf and I’ll show you how to make mullein tea. Mullein is not only a beautiful sight with its towering flowering stalks and those creamy yellow flowers, but it’s also wonderful for coughs and lung inflammation from all kinds of irritants and pathologies, such as asthma or an upper respiratory infection. Once you experience mullein’s ability to soothe the respiratory system, you’ll be amazed at the power of this ubiquitous plant.



It’s a strange thing that humans disturb soils and habitats and then blame the plants that come to nourish and heal the bare earth. Mullein, as generous as ever, offers many gifts and virtues to humans. My hope is that fewer people see mullein as an unwanted guest and more as a bountiful herb that we are lucky to have.


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What You'll Learn from This Episode

  • [00:37] Introduction to mullein (Verbascum spp.)
  • [03:18]Mullein leaf for the lungs
  • [05:01] Nutritional benefits of mullein leaf 
  • [05:33] Mullein for soil remediation
  • [06:25] Using mullein leaf topically
  • [07:54] How to identify mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
  • [09:28] Tips for harvesting mullein
  • [10:54]Special considerations for working with mullein
  • [11:34]How to make mullein tea
  • [12:51] Mullein Fun Fact 

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