Mullein tincture – how to make it and how to use properly


Mullein tincture is known to be a very good remedy for lung and upper respiratory problems. It is one of the most popular expectorant plants thanks to the saponins contained in it.

How to make mullein tincture quickly? Pour 2 cups of fresh, crushed flowers into an airtight jar and pour 2 glasses of vodka. Shake well and set aside the jar for 2 weeks. Then strain through a sieve and store in bottles in a dark place. 

Mullein flowers and tincture recipe

Do you want to know more about mullein? Keep reading 🙂 I will cover uses, benefits, dosage, contraindications and at the end of the article you can also find a list of equipment that might be useful (here link to my article about supplies) when you will be making a cardamom tincture by yourself.

supplies to make tincture nalewka at home
List of supplies to make tinctures at home

I’m making tinctures from 2001 and have gathered and read dozens of books about them, so information that you will find in this article should be helpful 🙂

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Where to buy mullein for tincture

If you are not using fresh herb you can find dried mullein on Amazon here – Organic Mullein Leaf Dried ~ 1 Ounce ~ Verbascum spp.

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Dried mullein for tinctures available online

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Mullein tincture uses

A way to use mullein is to prepare a tincture that has a wide range of uses. It is very good for winter cold – it will help with runny nose and more serious colds.

The tincture can be also rubbed into painful joints or muscles, it also works for rheumatic ailments.

Mullein tincture benefits

Saponin that can be found in mullein tincture accelerate the clearance of mucus from the airways by diluting them. Due to liquefaction, the secretion becomes less viscous, which makes it less sticky to the walls of the bronchial tree and can be more easily excreted by coughing.

In addition, the mullein flower extract and tincture soothes a sore throat, hoarseness and a dry and nagging cough. 

Mullein tincture benefits

Saponins also have properties that enhance the absorption processes and stimulate the secretion of gastric and intestinal juices and bile. Thus, this herb is an aid in ailments related to digestive impairment and the possible consequence of malnutrition. 

Mullein is also used in gastritis, intestinal colic and diarrhea. The flower extract of this plant contains a lot of vitamin C. Ascorbic acid supports the immune system, which is why it works well in the states of colds, flu, as well as the already mentioned inflammation of the throat and upper respiratory tract. 

Moreover, this vitamin inhibits the process of carcinogenesis in its early stages. The flavonoids contained in mullein soothe inflammation of the urinary tract, have diuretic and anti-swelling properties. In turn, vitamin A is responsible for the proper vision process and the condition of the skin.

Mullein tincture dosage

Most sources suggest to use it when needed because of health problems – take 2-3 tablespoons of mullein tincture 2 times a day. 

Mullein tincture contraindications 

As it is a strong alcoholic drink it should not be used by children and pregnant women. 

What type of alcohol is used for mullein tincture?

Most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume (80-proof) work best. When using dried mullein, your best bet is to stick to an 160 or 180-proof alcohol, as it does not have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the herb out of it.

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Types of alcohol you can use for mullein tincture – 190, 151, 120-proof for example.

How long does mullein tincture last?

When stored in a cool, dry place, mullein tincture lasts at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, it will last longer because the light will not damage it. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing it in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season.

Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home

I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.  

recommended tincture equipment
Tincture equipment examples
  1. Airtight jars.
  2. Mortar for herbs – granite.
  3. Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
  4. Funnels for filling bottles.
  5. Large bottles, dark glass.
  6. Medium bottles, dark glass.
  7. Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
  8. Cloth for tincture filtering.
  9. Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
  10. Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
  11. Tincture press for better extraction.

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Other names of mullein

If you would like to check more info about the mullein here you can find webmd.com article about it. 

It is also known under such names: Aaron’s Rod, Adam’s Flannel, American Mullein, Beggar’s Blanket, Blanket Herb, Blanket Leaf, Bouillon Blanc, Bouillon Jaune, Candleflower, Candlewick, Cierge Cotonneux, Cierge de Notre-Dame, Clot-Bur, Clown’s Lungwort, Cuddy’s Lungs, Duffle, European Mullein, Faux Bouillon-Blanc, Feltwort, Flannelflower, Fleur de Grand Chandelier, Fluffweed, Gidar Tamaku, Gordolobo, Hag’s Taper, Hare’s Beard, Hedge Taper, Herbe de Saint-Fiacre, Herbe Saint Fiacre, Higtaper, Jacob’s Staff, Longwort, Molène, Molène à Grandes Fleurs, Molène Bouillon-Blanc, Molène Faux-Phlomis, Molène Thapsus, Orange Mullein, Oreille de Loup, Oreille de Saint Cloud, Our Lady’s Flannel, Queue de Loup, Rag Paper, Shepherd’s Club, Shepherd’s Staff, Tabac du Diable, Torch Weed, Torches, Velvet Plant, Verbasci Flos, Wild Ice Leaf, Verbascum densiflorum, Verbascum phlomides, Verbascum thapsiforme, Verbascum thapsus, Woolen, Woolly Mullein.

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