Mullein is considered a weed and grows on uncultivated land. It is native to western Asia and central and southern Europe.
The leaves and flowers are dried for use in infusions, liquid extracts, and tinctures. The flowers can also be used fresh, or frozen for use in infusions, medicated oil and syrup.
It has been used in folk medicine for a wide range of complaints, both internally and externally.
Internally, it is used to treat coughs, bronchitis, tonsillitis, influenza, nervous tension and insomnia. Externally, it is used medicinally to treat ear-ache, sores, wounds, rheumatic pain, and chilblains.
The leaves have been traditionally used to calm inflammation and soothe irritated, dry or chapped skin.
The leaf is slightly astringent.
Mullein was thought to have magical qualities. 16th century herbalist John Gerard didn’t quite believe the magical claims, but he did recommend mullein to treat coughs.
To make our mullein leaf infusion, we add boiled water to the dried herb and strain the mixture.
We use mullein leaf infusion in our Imperialis moisturiser for its soothing, emollient and toning action on the skin.