Updated | 2018-10-29

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Botanical Name: Verbascum

Order: Lamiales

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Produces a few of the same compounds found in figworts. Mullein is native to Eurasia, but has been introduced to other continents.








Conflicting (Unclear):


Limited Evidence:

  • Ear Inflammation in Children, drops containing either mullein / calendula flowers / Saint John’s wort in olive oil or mullein / garlic / calendula flowers / Saint John’s wort / lavender / vitamin E in olive oil [1-2]

No Evidence:


No Clinical Research:


Side Effects
Side effects may include:
  • Fatigue
  • Skin Inflammation
Precautions and Adverse Events:
  • Use caution or contact a licensed healthcare practitioner, since there is not enough research on the use of supplements containing mullein.

Pregnant or Nursing

There is not enough research on the use of supplements containing mullein during pregnancy and breast-feeding, so consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before use or avoid use. [3-4]









Mullein is not a "drug", so the best doses have not been thoroughly established. Make sure to follow the specific product instructions and take as directed on the label, or consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before use.

Mullein compounds


1. Sarrell EM, Cohen HA, Kahan E. Naturopathic treatment for ear pain in children. Pediatrics. 2003 May;111(5 Pt 1):e574-9. 2. Sarrell EM, Mandelberg A, Cohen HA. Efficacy of naturopathic extracts in the management of ear pain associated with acute otitis media. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001 Jul;155(7):796-9. 3. DerMarderosian A, Beutler JA. The review of natural products: the most complete source of natural product information. 7th ed. St. Louis, MO, USA: Wolters Kluwer Health; 2012. 4. Fetrow CW, Avila JR. The complete guide to herbal medicines. Spring House, PA, USA: Springhouse Corporation; 2000.

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