How to Use Dried Mullein Leaves

Overview

Dried mullein leaves are considered an alternative treatment for colds, asthma, hay fever and coughs. The herb is used to help tone the mucous membranes and to alleviate allergies. Mullein is believed to be especially helpful in reducing cat allergies. The dried leaves are used as alternative remedy for dry or hacking coughs as well. Dried mullein leaves may be brewed as a tea for ingestion, or added to a pipe to be smoked. Consult a doctor before taking it in any form.

Tea Infusion

Step 1

Boil 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups of water in a pan on medium heat.

Step 2

Measure out 1 1/2 teaspoons of mullein leaves for each cup of water you boiled. Put your herbs into a tea ball.

Step 3

Steep your tea ball in the boiling water for 10 minutes.

Step 4

Pour your tea through a coffee filter or cloth strainer to remove any hairs that boiled into the water. These bristles can cause irritation in the throat if they aren't filtered out.

Step 5

Stir in honey and a squeeze of lemon to your desired taste.

Smoking

Step 1

Measure out enough dried leaves for a tobacco pipe or rolling papers.

Step 2

Rub the dry leaves between your fingers until it becomes fluffy. This will encourage the leaves to burn more evenly.

Step 3

Roll the leaves in tobacco papers or put it in a tobacco pipe. Native Americans smoked mullein to relieve asthma and bronchitis. It is also sometimes used for coughs.

Tips and Warnings

  • Check with your doctor before using mullein as an alternative treatment for any disease or ailment.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 ½ to 2 ½ cups water
  • Mullein leaves
  • Tea ball
  • Coffee filter or cloth strainer
  • Honey
  • Lemon
  • Tobacco pipe or rolling papers

References

  • Local Harvest: Mullein Leaf
  • Local Harvest: Dried Medicinal Herb
  • Herbal Smoking Mixtures: Mullein
Keywords: herbal healing, mullein tea, herbs for lungs

About this Author

Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for over 15 years. Coe is the former publisher of the politics and art magazine Flesh from Ashes. She has worked to protect water and air quality. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University.