By Sarena-Rae Santos, Natural Health Blogger
When I first started my herbalism journey, as much as I wanted to, I decided not to experiment with every herb under the sun. People often buy popular herbs they see others talking about because they want an entire apothecary despite not actually needing all the herbs.
Personally, I took a different approach. When I started my herbalism journey, I decided to focus on a specific ailment and find herbs that benefited that ailment. For me, that was lung-supporting herbs like mullein.
I chose lung-supporting herbs because I am asthmatic. My dad is also an asthmatic who suffers from COPD. Also, post-covid, my husband and I have struggled with respiratory distress, so why not make our own remedies? I could support three people with one tincture – yes, please!
If you’ve read our mullein herbal profile, you know in ancient times, mullein was used for lighting torches and making candle wicks. But today, it is used as a natural health remedy worldwide. Mullein has several active compounds that give it such great healing properties, including:
- Promotes respiratory health
- Anti-inflammatory properties
- Antiviral properties
- Antimicrobial properties
- Anesthetic properties
- Skin-soothing properties
As time passes and I become more comfortable making herbal preparations, I hope to add other lung-supporting herbs like thyme and marshmallow root. Until then, this simple mullein tincture recipe is sufficient and working, so let’s get to it.
Simple Mullein Tincture
Ingredients & Supplies:
- ½ – ⅔ cup mullein (I used this)
- 1 cup vegetable glycerin (I used this)
- 1 cup filtered water
- 32 oz. mason jar
- Canning jar lifter (I used this)
Step 1: Gather ½ cup of dried or ¾ cup of fresh mullein and chop them up.
Step 2: Mix 1 cup each of filtered water and glycerin in a separate jar. Combine well and pour over the mullein.
Step 3: Let steep for 4-6 weeks in a cool, dark cabinet. OR fill a pot with water, place the jar in the water, and simmer for 2-3 hours.
Step 4: After steeping or simmering, strain the mixture through a strainer covered in cheesecloth.
Optional: Some people use a French press to extract the remaining liquid after straining the mixture.
Step 5: Transfer to a dark-colored, glass, airtight container for long-term storage.
Usage & Storage: Take 10-20 drops (1/8-1/4 tsp) 2-3 times daily. It will last about two years when stored in a cool, dark place like a cabinet. If you notice visible mold at the top, it has gone bad.
Disclaimer: This post is not intended as medical advice. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and nothing in this post is intended to diagnose, treat, or cure anything. If you have questions, please do your own research or seek advice from a health professional.