Mullein Health Benefits and Dosage of Supplement

The Mulleins, also known as velvet plants are biennial herbs native to Europe and Asia, with the highest species diversity in the Mediterranean region. It is widely used for respiratory problems. Mullein is composed of mucilage, tannins, saponins, volatile oil, bitter glycosides, gum and flavonoids including hesperidin. Its leaves and flowers are used for therapeutic purpose for the treatment of chest cold, skin diseases, wounds, asthma, bronchitis, cough, kidney infection, ulcers, tumors, and hemorrhoids. The flowers are generally considered more medicinally potent than the leaves because of their bactericidal and sedative properties.

Health Benefits of Mullein Supplement

  • The mucilaginous content in mullein keeps the mucous membranes healthy.
  • It contains saponins that support the expectorant actions of mullein. Tannins in Mullein help in the treatment of diarrhea.
  • Mullein has an anti-inflammatory function that helps to ease the irritating inflammations of the trachea and bronchial tubes.
  •  Antiseptic agents in mullein play a major role in the treatment of chest ailments such as bronchitis, asthma etc.
  • Mullein acts as a mild sedative and herbal pain reliever.
  • It helps in expelling excess respiratory phlegm and mucus.
  • Mullein Leaf relieves pain, including headaches and migraines. It promotes a sound sleep and ease nervous tension.
  • The antispasmodic property of mullein helps in relieving stomach cramps.
  • It is proved to be effective for urinary tract infection.

Mullein Supplement Side effects

There are not much adverse effects associated with mullein supplementation. However pregnant and breast feeding women should avoid mullein supplements, as not much is known about its effect on them. Cancer patients should consult their physicians before taking Mullein Supplements. Though it is used for the treatment of skin diseases, University of Michigan Health System suggests that mullein supplementation can result in slight skin irritation. The only toxic ingredient is rotenone which obstructs cellular respiration. Some experience difficulty in breathing. Its safety and effectiveness is not thoroughly tested in humans. So it is wise to take advice from a doctor. One should avoid taking mullein supplements if s/he is currently taking aspirin or anticoagulants, as this may increase the risk of bleeding.

Mullein Supplement Dosage

Mullein supplements are available in the form of pills, powders and liquid extract.
There is nothing as optimal dose for mullein in adults. Generally 3 to 4 g can be taken daily.