The article deals with the healing qualities of great mullein. The herb has been used for medical purposes through history. However, there are other species in Verbascum genus used for medical purposes. These species are showy mullein (Verbascum speciosum), dark mullein (Verbascum nigrum) and orange mullein (Verbascum phlomoides). These herbs are sometimes cultured in gardens as ornamental plants.
Dark mullein is a biennial growing to a height of 1.2 meters. The plant has dark stem stem branched at the top. The blossoms are arranged in dense spikes. Corolla is yellow with red-brown patches on the bottom of it. Filaments are covered with violet hairs. The herb blooms starting from June till September. The plant can be found in brushwood, ditch slope, roadside and fallow land.
- You can collect the leaves and tops of the herb at the beginning of its florescence, and use them similarly to the blossoms. Infuse 4-8 grams of the herbs with a glass of boiling water. Let the infusion brew for some times and decant it. Mix the infusion at 10 percent concentration with honey and use the remedy as a sedative before going to bed. It is due to its ability to reduce irritation and brain activity. Blossoms are included in compound teas with diuretic and laxative properties.
- Alternative medicine uses the root of the herb, as well. Infuse a tablespoon of the herbs with a glass of boiling water. Drink 125-225 millilitres of the decoction once a day to treat inflammation of upper airways, hoarseness, tracheitis, bronchitis, whooping cough, cold viruses and grippe.
- Remedies made of the blossoms and leaves are intended for external use, as well. You can add them to bath water to treat skin inflammation, rachitis and scrofula or use these remedies for compress to deal with boil, sore and purulent wound. In order to treat eczema, burn, hemorrhoids and boil, you should boil the leaves in milk. Cracked skin might be enriched by strewing the powder made of the blossoms on it.
- Dark mullein is used in folk medicine, as well. Infuse 2 teaspoons of the blossoms and leaves of the herb with a glass of boiling water. Leave the infusion to brew for some time and use the infusion to treat diarrhea and epilepsy. In addition, it is a great remedy to prevent nervous system disorders and edema. You should drink half a glass of the infusion made of dark mullein root 3 times a day in case of gout.