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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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In a similar study, extracts of Common Mullein (Verbascum thapus L.) inhibited A.
(curled dock), Verbascum thapsus, between Bangor and lake, 1853 (common mullein).
Native Americans infused the flowers of Common Mullein (Verbascusm thapsus L.) in oil to treat earaches; leaves were smoked or made into a tea to treat respiratory infections and inflammation.