Mullein

Updated | 2018-10-29


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Mullein


Overview

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.



Evidence

Strong:

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Good:

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Promising:

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Conflicting (Unclear):

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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:

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No Clinical Research:

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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.
[3-4]


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]



Interactions

Major

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Moderate

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Potential

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Dosage

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.



Compounds
Mullein compounds


References

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.

The "-" means there is no information.