Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) has a long, long history of use in Herbalism. Most of the literature focuses on the leaves and the flowers (the leaves are an excellent remedy for problems with the lungs, coughs, etc., and the flowers are used for an infused oil to treat earaches). The entire plant is anti-inflammatory as well, especially for the lymphatic system.
But there's another useful part of this herb that gets overlooked most of the time, and that's a shame. The Roots of Mullein are very useful for alleviating inflammation, especially in the spinal column and the joints. It is hydrating to the spine and joints. It is often indicated in back injuries, and this is Herbalist John Hance's primary use for the root tincture. Some people suffer from long-term, chronic back pain and think they are untreatable or incurable, but an increase in the synovial fluids will make the spine more pliable and comfortable. The vertebra will slip back into place more readily, pain and inflammation will decrease and the condition will get better! This won't be the case for people with vertebrae that have been surgically fused, though, so if that's you, you may need to seek a potent pain reliever instead, like our Climbing Boneset. If you are in this category and have other joints or vertebrae that need help, this may be an effective remedy for you.
Mullein Root is also an excellent remedy for treating urinary incontinence and loss of urinary control due to a swollen prostate because it tones and strengthens the trigone sphincter at the base of the bladder. It increases the volume of urination while decreasing the frequency of urination. Mullein root can be used as a long-term tonic for people with recurring bladder infections, interstitial cystitis, and benign prostatic hypertrophy.
There are cases of Mullein Root being used to treat facial neuralgia, too, such as Bell's Palsy. It can have a calming effect on the Central Nervous System without putting the patient to sleep. It's great medicine which gets overlooked far too often!
Ingredients: Verbascum thapsus in Fine Brandy.