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mullein

Herbal medicine
A biennial herb that contains flavonoids, glycosides (aucubin), mucilage, saponins and volatile oil, which is anti-inflammatory, diuretic, expectorant and sedative. Mullein is used to treat respiratory conditions (such as asthma, bronchitis, colds and whooping cough), insomnia, urinary tract infections and rheumatic pain; it has been used topically for skin inflammation and infections, haemorrhoids, and earaches.
 
Toxicity
Mullein should not be used in patients with cancer, as it has cancer-promoting activity; it should not be used in pregnancy or while nursing, as the seeds are toxic.
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EXPERT TIP: Mulleins are mostly biennial, selfseed freely so move seedlings to where you want them to flower as their long tap root makes transplanting older plants difficult.
There's plenty there, though, telling even the casually curious about all the things mullein can cure, everything from aches and pains to respiratory ailments and gastric disorders.
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