MULLEIN: “A Velvety Soother”

Cough, Diarrhea, Hemorrhoids, Respiratory Remedy, Sore Throat

Also Known As: Aaron’s Rod, Candlewick Plant, Feltwort, Flannel Plant, Lungwort, Shepherd’s Staff, Torches and Velvet Dock


  • When mullein is dried, it burns readily. The ancients dipped the leaves, flowers and stems in suet and used them as candle wicks. The Greek physician Dioscorides prescribed decoctions of mullein root in wine to use as a treatment for diarrhea. In the middle ages, the French used the herb to treat an animal disease that caused boils on the necks of horses called malandre.


  • Compress:

To help in hemorrhoid relief, apply a compress made with a strong, cooled infusion.

For an infusion that can help soothe a sore throat, suppress coughs and help control diarrhea, consider making an infusion. Diluted infusions may be given to children under the age of 2 to help in soothing a persistent cough.

  • Infusion:

Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried flowers, leaves or roots per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes and drink no more than 3 cups a day. Add sugar, lemon and honey for taste.

  • Tincture:

Add 1/2 teaspoons up to 3 times daily.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Mullein will grow easiest from seeds planted in light sandy soil under full sun. Sow seeds in the spring after the danger of frost has passed. Harvest up to one 1/3 of the leaves in the first year. Harvest the rest of the leaves the following year before the flowers bloom. Harvest the roots in the autumn time.  As the flowers start to open, you may pick them.


Mullein seeds are toxic and may cause a poisoning reaction. There have been no reports of poisoning, however. The FDA included mullein on it’s list generally regarded as safe to use.