Botanical Name: Verbascum thapsus
Energetics: cooling, moistening
Major Properties: Demulcent, relaxant
Examples of Uses: soothe lung irritation from irritants such as smoke, for a cough that is dry, irritating and unproductive, for a cough so deep that the rib pops out - spray of tincture may move rib back into place!
Parts Used: Leaves of 1st year basal rosette. Mullein is a biennial and doesn't shoot up a stalk until second year.
Oil - I don't make an oil, but other herbalists use it
Dry - use for tea
Tea of dried leaf useful for lung/respiratory issues where need moistening and soothing. Would be good for firefighters to drink regularly. Has been shown to be useful after a bout of RSV, pneumonia, other lung maladies where lungs can use a little extra loving care.
Close friend who had ribs pop out regularly drank mullein infusion almost daily for 3 months. The issue was resolved completely!
I have found it very useful for back pain and/or issues with spinal alignment.
Can also help to moisten dry joints (lacking synovial lubrication.
My family uses it mostly for moistening lungs, relieving some coughs, general lung support
This brief overview merely highlights my observations. There is, of course, a great deal of information that you can find on the Internet or in books. Or better yet - get together with other herbalists and share your experiences!
Please add your own experiences so that together we can create a more comprehensive overview.
As always, if you have a chronic ailment that is not resolving itself or an acute issue, seek the attention of your physician.