Also known as barbasco, barrasco, trouser-de-velho, broom, mullein-brasileiro, barbasco-do-brasil and cezarinha, the herb mullein is easily found in natural food stores and manipulation pharmacies. Scientific name Verbascum phlomoides , the herb has medicinal applications popularly known. In the middle of the 16th century, the plant was used to treat tuberculosis and its use was proven in an experiment carried out in the 19th century, where the plant was used in seven patients with tuberculosis in Dublin, Ireland, with excellent results in six of the cases.
The benefits of mullein
Mullein is an herb that can be used to treat bronchitis and flu, ear infections, eliminate chronic phlegm, relieve cough, treat arthritis, hemorrhoids and prostate problems. For the last two cases, the sitz bath should be done and, for those who suffer from swelling in the legs and peripheral circulation problems, the foot bath should be done.
In addition, it is effective in the treatment of various digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhea and bladder infections, as well as helping to eliminate intestinal worms. It has a sedative effect and helps relieve menstrual cramps and stomach pain. Mullein oil, when applied to the skin, helps relieve the discomfort of irritated areas, whether from skin rashes, burns, cuts or blisters.
Its properties involve its action as an expectorant, diuretic, emollient, spasmolytic, antibacterial and sedative. The plant is widely used to treat problems related to the respiratory system such as asthma and bronchitis.
How to make tea?
The parts used for preparation are its petals and stamens. To prepare tea, use the proportion of two tablespoons of the herb for each liter of water. Put the water in a container, add the herb and heat. When it comes to a boil, turn off and cover, letting the solution sit in a sweltering state for approximately ten minutes. After this period, strain and consume. The recommended dose is two to three cups of tea a day.
Contraindications and side effects
Mullein tea is contraindicated for pregnant or lactating patients. Side effects are rare, and involve an allergic reaction whose main symptom is itching in the hands, arms and neck. It is important that, before consuming natural medications, you talk to your doctor, as negative drug interactions may occur, and he is the most suitable to inform you of the correct dosage for you.