Mullein Flowers (Verbascum thapsiforme)

The Latin name Verbascum is considered to be a corruption of barbascum, from the Latin barba (a beard).

Parts used:

Leaf, flower

The Latin name Verbascum is considered to be a corruption of barbascum, from the Latin barba (a beard).

Botany

This biennial plant is widespread in Europe, temperate Asia and North America and can grow up to 2 m high. Large yellow flowers in apical spike-like racemes.

Constituents

Contains approximately 3% watersoluble mucilage polysaccharides, flavonoids (rutin, hisperidine, diosmin) and saponin (verbascosaponine).

Possible Interactions

Herbs - None documented. Drugs - None known

Comments

Approved by the German Commission E for cough/bronchitis reporting expectorant activity and alleviation of irritation. Mullein flowers have demonstrated antiviral action, in vitro, against several strains of influenza A and B, and herpes simplex virus. Expectorant actions may be due to the plant’s saponin content. Avoid confusion with goldenrod (Solidago species).

➥ Pharmacopoeia and Other Monographs

BHC 2nd Edn., BHP 1996,

PRODUCTS WITH THIS INGREDIENT

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