Mullein Chai

Mullein is a safe and effective respiratory remedy that helps open the lungs, eases spasms, tightness, and cough, and soothes irritation and dryness.


This mullein chai is a tasty, mild chai beverage that is also very healthy for you!  



  • 1 ounce (2-3 cups) dried mullein leaves (great for lung support)

  • 2 anise star pods

  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom seeds

  • 2 cinnamon sticks

  • 2 tablespoons fennel seeds, whole

  • 1 pinch nutmeg powder

  • 3-6 slices of ginger, based on your preference

  • 1 quart milk of choice

  • 3 tablespoons honey or 6 tablespoons maple syrup


  • Bring one quart of water to a boil.

  • Either add dried mullein to the pot of water and cover for four or more hours OR put mullein leaves in a jar, fill jar with just boiled water, put lid on, and let steep for 4 or more hours.  

  • Strain mullein infusion, composting the mullein leaves.  If hairs or particulate are present, strain again using a coffee filter or cotton cloth in your strainer.

  • The infusion should be dark in color and free of plant particulate. 

  • Gently heat the infusion, adding all the spices.  Let simmer gently, covered, for 20 minutes or more.  (I let mine sit for much longer if I don't get to it).  

  • Strain and discard spices (I steep the discarded spices again with plain hot water for another tasty tea).

  • Combine the spiced mullein infusion with the milk and gently heat to serving temperature.

  • Add sweetener to taste.

Next time, experiment with the flavor by adding a few more spices — perhaps turmeric, black pepper, or cloves. 
Have fun with it!