Mullein ‘U Biancu’ – as a medicinal plant

Mullein is known for its emollient, sedative and pectoral properties. It can be used in cases of respiratory and digestive irritations.
 
 
External Use:
The decoction of the flowers can be used as a ‘lavage’ for intestinal colic.
The leaves are cooked and applied as poultices, calming skin inflammations and also painful hemorrhoids – along with maturing boils and panaris. The milk, in which a handful of leaves from the winter’s rosettes has boiled, heals frostbite and cracked hands  in a few days – soaking them for a short while, morning and night (lukewarm).
 
Infusion of flowers for pectoral use:
– 1 tablespoon per cup in boiling water for tracheobronchitis conditions: coughs, acute and chronic catarrh.
Mix for (four-flower herbal tea) great mullein flowers:
– 30g poppy
– 20g mauve
– 10g coltsfoot
20g can be given to children with light chest conditions, with a dose of 1 tablespoon per cup, sweetened with honey or licorice. This calms and eases the coughing and promotes sleep.
 
Emollient use:
Digestive and urinary. Mullein is indicated for enteritis and painful diarrhea – calming inflammation and spasms. In acute cystitis, and without really acting on the causes, the herbal tea can provide a certain relief, especially if it is associated with corn and heather.
 
NB: Mullein herbal tea must be carefully filtered (in a clean, fine cloth for example), before being absorbed – because the flowers and the stamens release a multitude of hairs in the liquid, that can provoke a very unpleasant irritation in the throat.
 
 

Source: Corsica Guide

 
 
 

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