Mullein tea has long been used to treat a variety of ailments. This tea is thought to work as an expectorant and demulcent. It is also thought to be antiviral and to work as a mild diuretic.
Mullein tea is helpful for respiratory issues like congestion, asthma and bronchitis. It has been used to treat diarrhea, cleanse the blood, and to calm nerves. Learning how to make mullein tea will help you add a versatile brew to your home remedy repertoire.
There are three ways to make mullein tea. The quickest and simplest method is to use tea bags. You should be able to find them at local health food stores or in the health food section of some of the better supermarkets or organic markets. If you cannot locate them in your area, they are available from several online sources. To brew mullein tea with tea bags, simply place a tea bag in a cup and add 6 ounces of boiling water. Let this steep for three minutes. Make note the small amount of water that is used for mullein tea. To brew a big mug of tea, you may need to use more than one teabag to achieve a therapeutic strength.
The second method used to make mullein tea is to use the loose dried tea leaves and flowers. Be aware that the seeds are toxic, so do not use any seeds in your brew. The seeds contain a substance called rotenone, which is used in insecticides and in poison for fish.
To make mullein tea using loose leaves, steep one tablespoon of dried leaves in a cup of boiling water for ten minutes. Chamomile, sage and marjoram are sometimes added to mullein tea as these herbs can complement the healing qualities of the tea.
To make mullein tea from fresh plants, you can steep an appropriate amount of freshly gathered and washed leaves in boiling water. There are two extra steps with this method. First you will need to 'bruise' the leaves, which is simply mashing them up a bit so that they will release their nutrients more readily. If you are making the tea from fresh leaves you may also want to strain the liquid through cheesecloth to remove the 'hairs' from this prickly-leaved plant.
Mullein grows wild in abandoned fields and along roadsides. It does well in dry, sandy soil and can also be cultivated in gardens. Mullein tea was suggested as a remedy over one hundred and forty times in the Edgar Cayce readings.