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Note: 20:1 means it takes 20kg of plant material to produce 1kg of extract.
Mullein has been used in traditional medicine since ancient times. The silvery leaves, bright yellow flowers and roots of the mullein plant are used medicinally for the treatment of various inflammatory diseases, earaches, diarrhea, asthma, coughs and other lung-related ailments. Mullein is often prepared as a soothing leaf tea or an ear oil made from the infused flowers.
Phytochemicals in V. thapsus flowers and leaves include saponins, polysaccharides, mucilage, flavonoids, tannins, iridoid and lignin glycosides, and essential oils. The plant’s leaves, in addition to the seeds, have been reported to contain rotenone, although quantities are unknown.
Although long used in herbal medicine, no drugs are manufactured from its components. Dioscorides first recommended the plant 2000 years ago, believing it useful as a folk medicine for pulmonary diseases. Leaves were smoked to attempt to treat lung ailments, a tradition that in America was rapidly transmitted to Native American peoples. The Zuni people, however, use the plant in poultices of powdered root applied to sores, rashes, and skin infections. An infusion of the root is also used to treat athlete’s foot. All preparations meant to be drunk have to be finely filtered to eliminate the irritating hairs.
Oil from the flowers was used against catarrhs, colics, earaches, frostbite, eczema, and other external conditions. Topical application of various V. thapsus-based preparations was recommended for the treatment of warts, boils, carbuncles, hemorrhoids, and chilblains, amongst others. Glycyrrhizin compounds with bactericide effects in vitro were isolated from flowers. The German Commission E describes uses of the plant for respiratory infections. It was also part of the National Formulary in the United States and United Kingdom.
The plant has been used in an attempt to treat colds, croup, sunburn, and other skin irritations.
Mugwort is said to protect travelers from fatigue, sunstroke, wild animals, and evil spirits. A crown of it is worn at Midsummer. A tea or a pillow of it brings vivid prophetic dreams and helps one to contact the astral realm. Use the tea and incense to help in scrying. Use it to wash magic mirrors and crystal balls.
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