Verbascum thapsus


Botanical Name: Verbascum thapsus
Common name: Mullein (Hoffmann, 2013, p. 592)
Family: Scrophulariaceae (Hoffmann, 2013, p. 592)
Parts used: Dried leaf, flower (Hoffmann, 2013, p. 592)



  • Flavonoids
  • Mucilage
  • Saponins
  • Tannins
  • Volatile oil

(Hoffmann, 2013, p. 592)



  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antispasmodic
  • Demulcent
  • Expectorant
  • Vulnerary

(Hoffmann, 2013, p. 592)



  • Specific for bronchitis characterised by “hard cough” with soreness (Hoffmann, 2013, p. 592)
  • Inflammation of the trachea (Hoffmann, 2013, p. 592)
  • Pain associated with ear aches (external) (Hoffmann, 2013, p. 592; Scully, Ulbricht & Weissner, 2013)


Preparation & Dosage

Tincture: (1:5 in 40%) 2.5-5mL/tds

Infusion: 2tsp dried leaf/1 cup water/tds

(Hoffmann, 2013, p. 592)


Cautions & Contradictions

No side effect have been reported (Hoffmann, 2013, p. 592)



Bronchitis: Combines well with White Horehound, Coltsfoot and Lobelia (Hoffmann, 1990, p. 217)


Hoffmann, D. (2003). Medical Herbalism: The Science and Practice of Herbal Medicine. Rochester Vermont: Healing Arts Press.

Hoffmann, D. (1990). Holistic Herbal. London: Thorsons

Scully, L., Ulbricht, C., & Weissner, W. (2013). Mullein (Verbascum thapsus). Natural Standard Professional Monograph. Retrieved from:

Image: Cavagnaro, D. (2009). Herb to Know: Mullein (Verbascum thapsus). Retrieved from:

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