Mullein is a type of plant with certain medicinal properties. Using mullein, along with traditional medications for asthma, may provide additional relief from symptoms like cough and difficulty breathing.
Certain phytochemicals found in mullein may have the potential to relieve cough, reduce inflammation in the airways, and loosen mucus. There are various ways to use mullein, but the most common way is to make tea infusions or syrups with the extract and swallow it.
That said, more research into the benefits of mullein for asthma and the best way to use it is necessary. Before trying mullein, a person should consult with a healthcare professional to ensure it is safe for them to do so.
Keep reading to learn more about using mullein for asthma.
Mullein is a genus of plants with about
Verbascum Thaspus is a species of mullein thought to have certain medicinal properties. The medicinal properties of mullein come from phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are chemicals that are naturally found in plants. Some phytochemicals, such as flavonoids,
Flavonoids have the potential to act on a group of proteins that help produce leukotrienes. Leukotrienes come from various cells found in the lungs, such as mast cells and eosinophils.
Leukotrienes attach to certain proteins in the airways, causing fluid buildup in the lungs, contraction of smooth muscle, and inflammation. This leads to asthma symptoms such as coughing and difficulty breathing.
Using mullein and conventional medication for asthma may help provide relief from symptoms. Despite the numerous medicinal properties associated with mullein, additional investigations on using mullein for asthma are necessary to confirm these findings.
Mullein has the potential to:
Inflammation is a prominent characteristic of asthma. People with asthma have significant inflammation within the airways, particularly the smaller airways called the bronchioles. Flavonoids within mullein may have anti-inflammatory properties that may help improve breathing.
Cough is another complaint among people living with asthma. Experts
A possible explanation
Another symptom of asthma is mucus production. Combined with airway inflammation, the presence of excessive mucus worsens breathing and is a trigger for coughing. According to experts, mullein also
Experts suggest that the fluid extracted from the mullein plant may help loosen mucus. The action of mullein on mucus is still poorly understood.
Following traditional Indian medicine, people use the dried leaves, flowers, extracts, and flower oils of mullein in different formulations. According to studies on the use of mullein for respiratory diseases like asthma, the most
Sometimes preparations with mullein include other plants like mint, rosemary, and pine needles. Other preparations may also contain honey or sugar.
Commercial mullein tea bags contain dried leaves that people can brew in hot water. People may also take mullein extract as a tincture several times a day.
Some people report smoking the dried herbs. However, the benefits and risks of smoking mullein require clinical investigation. Inhaling steam from a bowl of hot water and dried mullein may help loosen mucus in the airways. Overall, the best way to use mullein for asthma requires further investigation to confirm its efficacy.
Mullein contains many different phytochemicals that may benefit human health. Besides the anti-inflammatory benefits mentioned above, mullein extracts may have the following medicinal properties:
- pain relief
- sedation and hypnosis
People used mullein in ancient times for wound healing. A
Most uses of mullein for medical reasons utilize its anti-inflammatory properties. Some uses include:
- skin conditions such as rashes, acne, and eczema — extract is used directly on the skin
- eye and ear inflammation
- symptoms of arthrosis and other inflammatory conditions or injuries
The side effects of using mullein depend on how a person uses it. Applying mullein to the skin may result in irritation.
When drinking mullein in tea, some people may report the following:
But these effects have not been investigated in a clinical trial. Overall, the associated side effects of using mullein in any of its forms also require further research.
Before using mullein, people should seek medical advice to make sure it is safe.
Mullein is a plant with many reported health benefits. Beneficial effects of mullein include anti-inflammatory effects, which may help relieve certain asthma symptoms. However, mechanisms explaining how mullein can help manage asthma symptoms remain unclear.
Experts must conduct additional clinical studies to confirm how people should take mullein for asthma and its possible side effects.