How to Make Mullein Tea


Mullein is a common herb that grows throughout the United States. The plant's leaves are harvested to make medicinal preparations, including mullein tea. Because of the herb's high concentration of mucilage, it is suggested for treating numerous respiratory ailments, coughs, colds, influenza, ear infections and intestinal problems. Although most of these claims have yet to be proven by scientific testing, mullein tea continues to reign as a home remedy. The leaves can be harvested from the garden, wild-crafted or purchased for making mullein tea.

Step 1

Bring 1 cup of water to a rolling boil in a small saucepan. Place the dried mullein leaves into the bottom of a heat-proof container such as a coffee mug or tea cup.

Step 2

Pour the boiling water over the dried leaves. Cover the container, and then allow the mullein leaves to steep for five to 10 minutes.

Step 3

Pour the mullein tea through a fine-mesh strainer into another heat-proof mug or cup. Discard the spent herbs in the compost pile or trash bin.

Step 4

Sweeten mullein tea with honey or raw sugar if desired, and then drink immediately while still warm. Drink one to three cups per day, as necessary.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not make tea from mullein seeds, as they contain a toxic substance known as rotenone, which may cause health problems after long-term use. Make sure the leaves are not contaminated by the plant's seeds.

Things You'll Need

  • Small saucepan
  • 2 tsp. dried mullein leaves
  • Coffee mugs or tea cups
  • Fine-mesh strainer
  • Honey or raw sugar


  • Brandeis University: Taste of the Wild Recipes -- Mullein Tea
  • New York University Langone Medical Center Fact Sheets: Mullein
  • "Natural Healing Wisdom & Know How: Useful Practices, Recipes, and Formulas for a Lifetime of Health"; Amy Rost; 2009
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Willow Sidhe is a freelance writer living in the beautiful Hot Springs, AR. She is a certified aromatherapist with a background in herbalism. She has extensive experience gardening, with a specialty in indoor plants and herbs. Sidhe's work has been published on numerous Web sites, including