Thursday, November 29, 2012

Great Mullein, a natural sinus relief

Great Mullein, a natural sinus relief

Are you looking for natural sinus relief?
Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) from Scrophulariaceae family of plants,  a natural sinus relief, is commonly known as Aaron’s, beggar’s blanket, candlewick, cuddy’s lungs, feltwort, golden rod, Jacob’s staff, our lady’s flannel, wild ice and velvet dock. The herb has been used for different purposes since antiquity. For instance, dyes and torches were made with it.  This velvet plant was used for managing respiratory problems during the Civil War. Although it is a native Asian, European and North African, the herb is grown in America and Australia as well because of immigrants. The European immigrants, for example, introduced mullein in America, where it is known as a weed instead of a wildflower.

The plant
The word “mullein” is derived from Latin word “mollis” which means “soft.”  The plant covered with soft hairs bears yellow flowers that are 2-cm wide. The woolly leaves are green and white in color. It grows in well-lit areas.
The herb rich in vitamins B3, C and A, calcium and iron has taproot system. Its potassium content is also quite significant.
Health benefits
The herb with astringent, anti-spasmodic, demulcent and anti-inflammatory properties acts as an expectorant (i.e. loosens phlegm) and helps in draining out mucus.
Mullein reduces swelling in the joints and glands.
Mullein is used for a number of respiratory diseases, including sinus congestion, hacking and whooping coughs, swollen glands, bronchitis, hay fever and asthma. The herb is also used to treat ear infections in children.
The oil is used for swellings, skin ailments and bruises. The herb is also improves sleep and cures stubborn warts. The oil made from the flowers help in reducing ear inflammation and pain.
Mullein tablets and extracts reduce bowel inflammation and bleeding.
The flowers and leaves drain out extra mucus from the respiratory tract and soothes the membranes.
The herb reduces pain and inflammation in the digestive tract, bronchial tubes, throat and nasal region.
Greeks used the herb to treat eye infections, tonsillitis, sore throats, insect stings and coughs.
Scientific studies concluded that mucilage and saponins found in the herb reduce and soothe inflammation. It can be used as pain reliever and to treat sleep disorder.
How to use the herb
Its leaves and flowers are used for medicines.
Mullein is used as infusion, gargle, oil, powder, suppository, syrup and tincture. Suppository, a drug delivery system, is used for vagina, rectum and urethra. Mullein oil can be bought from natural food stores.
You can add mullein in steam before inhaling it.
A tea of mullein, fenugreek seeds, marshmallow root and rose hips may help in easing sinus congestion.
For the right dosage of the herb, contact your physician.

1 comment:

  1. What can you say about Serrapeptase? This was found to treat Sinusitis as well