How to Use Mullein Herb


Mullein, also known as verbascum thapsus, is a flowering herb. The plant grows in wide open, sunny places in the wild. At home, mullein grows well in containers as well as directly in the ground. Mullein leaves and flowers are used in arts and crafts, as well as for medicinal uses.

Step 1

Pick mullein from the plant. Choose leaves that look healthy and vibrant green. Rinse the leaves with cool, running water. Rinse each leaf individually to ensure that the dirt and insect droppings are rinsed away thoroughly.

Step 2

Dry out the mullein leaves with a food dehydrator or string them together with a needle and thread, and hang them in a dry room for several days. When the leaves are brittle and crunchy, they are ready for use.

Step 3

Affix the leaves to grape vine wreaths with hot glue or crafting glue. Use molten wax to stick mullein leaves to pillar candles.

Step 4

Grind the herbs roughly with a mortar and pestle or use two spoons together to crush the mullein.

Step 5

Fill a tea ball with crushed mullein herbs to make mullein tea. Heat water but don't boil it. Put the tea ball into a tea cup or mug, and pour the hot water over it. Let the tea steep for five minutes. Drink the tea while it is still warm.

Step 6

Eat mullein herbs mixed with viscous, flavorful foods such as yogurt or apple sauce with cinnamon. Mullein is a very bitter, astringent herb and its sharp flavor makes it very difficult to eat alone.

Tips and Warnings

  • Mullein leaves that are yellow, spotted or wilted most likely harbor fungus or bacterial infections. This could lead to a condition or complicate an existing one.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh mullein
  • Food dehydrator
  • Mortar and pestle or two spoons
  • Safflower oil (optional)


  • Alternative Nature Online Herbal: Mullein
  • Herb Craft: Mullein
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