Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
Verbascum thapsus is a plant that belongs to mullein species of plants. It is native to Africa, Europe and Asia. However, this plant has been introduced to Australia and America as well. This plant is biennial with dairy surface and it can grow to two or more meters. It bears small flowers that are yellow in color and they are usually grouped together. These flowers bolt from its leaves rosette. Mullein grows on different habitats but it is popular in soils that are lit and distributed properly. It can appear in such soils soon after they receive direct sunlight. Its seeds can live for long beneath the soil and germinate when conditions are conducive. Basically, seeds of this plant can germinate as long as they are son an open ground. They are also spread by wind and it is not aggressively invasive to crops.
Mullein has been recommended by herbalists to patients suffering from different medical conditions for many years. Its primary medicinal use for over 200 years has been treatment of pulmonary diseases. It has played an important role in treating persistent cough in patients. It has also been used in many parts of the world for expectoration, bronchitis, hemorrhoids, dry cough and sore throat. For a long time, leaves of this plant have been used for treatment of these conditions. It has also been used as an anti-inflammatory and astringent product.
Herbalists have also prescribed this herb to patients as an antibiotic. In India, leaves of mullein were dried and smoked as treatment for lung illnesses such as bronchitis and asthma. Tea made of flowers of this plant is regarded as a strong sedative that is very essential in the treatment of migraine. Generally, mullein has a wide range of medicinal uses. Although there is no sufficient scientific information regarding its usage and effectiveness, this herb has helped people for many years deal with a wide array of medical conditions.
Dosage and Administration
Although herbs are natural products, it is important to note that they are not always good for treating different medical condition. Therefore, having information on how they should be administered and the appropriate dosage is very important. Mullein has compounds such as glycosides, coumarin, and saponins. Therefore, if taken in inappropriate doses, these compounds can have side effects on the user. There are several factors that should be considered when determining dosage of mullein for a patient. They include health, age and other medical conditions of a patient.
Although there is no clear information about the appropriate dose of mullein, many herbalists recommends that a patient take a cup of tea made of mullein leaves and boiling water at least three times per day. A concoction made of dry leaves should also be applied on wounds and burns on regular basis. Patients of lung diseases can also smoke this herb at least twice per day. Nevertheless, it is always advisable to consult with your doctor before you start using this herb. If you acquire it from a pharmacy, ask the pharmacist about the right dosage.
Leaves are the main parts of this plant that are used in treating different medical conditions. They contain chemical compounds such as glycosides, coumarin, saponins and vitamins B12, B5 B2 and D. Flowers are also used in making concoctions used as medication for various medical conditions.
There are several benefits derived from the use of this herb. One of the major advantages is the fact that is a natural treatment. This implies that is has little or no side effects when used properly. It also grows in open grounds when hit by sunlight. Thus, it is readily available in some parts of the world making it affordable to some people. It has been proven effective in treating various medical conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and hemorrhoids among others. Perhaps, this explains why it has been used as a medication for many years.
Although it is a natural treatment, this herb has side effects as well. Mullein has rubefacient leaves. Its seeds are also toxic. It may also react with some medications. Therefore, consult your doctor before using this herb. This is very important especially if you are on other medications.
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