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