I would like to pass on my
with mullein seed, which is supposed to be "toxic". I had a
dry cough. My throat would shut and I would cough violently, sometimes seeing little white spots
in my field of vision, and wheeze like an asthmatic. I believe in the
biofilm model of asthma, that asthma is caused by a living fungal-type
organism in the body, and I could feel something in my throat
it was coming from. I wanted to take something that would act
expectorant because I wanted to expel, as much as possible, said
organism, rather than trying to suppress the cough per se. I searched
on the web for expectorants and somehow came up with "mullein",
although I believe mullein is a cough suppressant, not an expectorant.
It said to infuse the mullein leaves and then filter out the
hairs. Now, I had a jar of dried mullein leaves in the herb cupboard at
the time, but somehow I forgot about that. I also had a large (6'
high), dried stalk of mullein leaning against the garage that I
remembered. (I intended to make a walking stick out of it. Another name
for mullein is "Aaron's Rod". Mullein stalks aren't very sturdy, but
they are sturdy enough to help with balance when walking and they are
extremely lightweight, compared to any other walking sticks.)
The leaves had
mostly all fallen off the stalk and blown away, but
the top of the stalk still had dried pods full of seeds. I scraped the
pods with seeds off the stalk and filled up a ceramic bowl with them
and then covered them with water. I put that in the slow cooker and let
it steep for a day. By the next evening it had infused to a dark brown
tea so I poured out a cup and began to drink it. It tasted surprisingly
good and, without giving any thought to dosage or toxicity, I kept
After several cups I began to realize it was a suppressant,
expectorant. It wasn't what I wanted but it did stop the dry cough, at
least for awhile, and that was nice to get that break. I began to feel
tired, perhaps woozy might be the better word, and went to bed. As I
lay there falling asleep, my last thoughts were "This feels like
Nyquil" and "I wonder if I took too much?". But I knew if I expressed
my concern to anyone about an overdosage it would be a trip to the
hospital and stomach
pumping, so I decided to just enjoy the sleep and hope for the best.
sleep was excellent. I slept through the entire night
without being woken up wheezing and gasping for breath as I
had for the previous few days.
After that, I continued to take the mullein tea at night for
days so I could sleep better while looking for other remedies to take
during the day. I settled on wild cherry wood infusion for that yummy
cyanide taste, also considered toxic but good as a spring tonic to
drive out other toxins. When the cough got better I stopped taking the
mullein seed tea.
So, there is my anecdotal evidence about the so-called
mullein seed. There was a definite tranquilizing or suppressant drug
effect from the mullein seed and I am quite certain I took more than
enough to be considered an overdose. Nevertheless, I harvested the rest
of the seed from the stalk and saved them in my herb closet. I would
again. It may only have covered up symptoms rather than help cure the
problem, but sometimes a break in the symptoms can be welcome relief.
Harvesting Mullein Seed
first time I used mullein seed, I just scraped the flower buds off the
stock and used the plant material and seeds together. The next time I
harvested mullein seed, I put the stalk over a piece of cotton cloth
and let the seeds drop out over time.