For centuries, mullein leaf has been used for its therapeutic properties – particularly its respiratory health benefits. Its sedative and expectorant effects help to soothe the lungs, loosening up phlegm for easier expulsion, helping those with bronchitis or asthma. Mullein is also a mild nervine and can act as a relaxant. This is why it’s so often used as a sleep aid, particularly in combination with cannabis.
Scientifically known as Verbascum thapsus, mullein is a common plant that grows in almost any environment with plenty of sunshine. It’s easy to spot with its bright yellow flowers and tall flower stalks that can reach six feet or more. It’s found all over the world, from desert areas like Northern Africa to Europe and Asia. It’s been used for centuries as a herbal remedy, dating back to the ancient Greek physician Dioscorides who documented its use as a lung tonic.
Smoking mullein leaf gives a light, thin smoke that’s almost flavorless and not at all irritating to the lungs. It’s a soothing and comforting herb to smoke, opening up the lungs to relieve congestion and calming the agitated respiratory muscles of those suffering from a cough or bronchitis.
You can add mullein to your favorite herbal smoking blends to help ease the lungs and calm the mind. It’s an excellent addition to any blend, allowing other herbs to take center stage while adding an extra smoothness to the overall experience. It’s also completely legal and won’t get you high as it is non-hallucinogenic and a non-addictive botanical.