How Does Mullein Help The Respiratory System?
Herbs can be a powerful support to the respiratory system. If you suffer from chronic issues like asthma, chest congestion, chronic bronchitis, and allergies, you may find comfort in wonderful lung tonic herbs. One of the most common lung health herbs is mullein.
Historically, mullein has been used as a remedy for dry, harsh, irritating coughs and bronchial congestion. Mullein is classified in the herbal literature as both an expectorant, to promote the discharge of mucus, and a demulcent, to soothe and protect mucous membranes.
As an expectorant it helps the body expel excess mucus by loosening bronchial secretions. This makes coughs more productive, bringing up mucus that may be settling in the chest or throat. The leaves of the mullein plant provide the astringent, expectorant effects.
As a demulcent, it creates a soothing anti-inflammatory coating over mucus membranes, providing relief, particularly on the bronchioles. The flowers of the mullein plant provide this soothing effect.
Mullein has a mild flavour and aroma. This wonderful and helpful herb can be enjoyed as a tea by steeping one teaspoon in one cup of hot water, or in combination with other lung loving herbs in the form of a tincture.