The leaves of this plant are an excellent lung herb. It is considered to be antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. It is also a diuretic, emollient and demulcent (which means that it soothes mucous membranes). Its expectorant properties help to loosen phlegm and facilitate coughing. Mullein also relaxes the bronchial muscles and reduces tension in the chest which makes it an effective asthma treatment. It is also a mild sedative and can be used to promote sleep.
This smokable herb is often mixed with other herbs in herbal smoking blends. Mullein itself produces a very light smoke, almost as thin as air, and is an excellent base for your blends. It is easy to add other herbs that will enhance your blend’s taste and provide more therapeutic benefits.
Adding other medicinal plants to your smoking blends can help you to avoid many common health conditions. Some examples of herbs that go well with mullien are mugwort, skullcap and uva-ursi. All of these plants have a wide variety of medicinal properties, and can make your smoking experience much more enjoyable and relaxing.
We recommend using fresh, organically-grown herbs when making your herbal smoking blends. If you have access to a garden, try planting some mullein seeds yourself. You can find seed packets online or at most health food stores. Be sure to plant the seeds in clean soil, and keep them away from pollution. After the seeds are planted, they will take about two years to mature into a usable plant. When you harvest mullein, use only the leaves – never the flowers. The flowers are more toxic than the leaves.