(Verbascum thapsus)
extracted by tincture in food grade alcohol

Anti-Inflammatory / Antispasmodic / Vulnerary / Expectorant / Demulcent

Plant Name: Verbascum thapsus is known by a variety of names. European reference books call it “Great Mullein”. In North America it is called “Common Mullein” and in the western United States, residents commonly refer to mullein as “Cowboy Toilet Paper”due to its soft, downy leaves.

Constituents-Chemicals & Nutrients: Flavanoids, mucilage, saponins, tannins, essential oils


Swollen Prostate & Incontinence - Mullein root can be used in the treatment of incontinence due to a swollen prostate in men or mesonephric duct regression in women where the trigone sphincter muscle at the base of the bladder has weakened. The root of the Great Mullein is valuable to tone and strengthen the trigone sphincter muscle and its soothing diuretic properties increase the volume of urination, while decreasing the frequency of urination. Mullein root has mild astringent properties which reduce inflammation in the mucosa of the bladder. It does not irritate or over stimulate bladder or kidney function. The root tincture can be used as a long term tonic for individuals with urinary incontinence, recurring bladder infections, interstitial cystitis, and benign prostatic hypertrophy.

Bell’s Palsy - Useful in treating Bell’s palsy, frequently occurring as a complication of Lyme Disease, as well as other cases of facial nerve pain. Mullein root’s anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic action is one of the plants suggested by David Winston (RH) for Bell’s palsy, trigeminat neuralgia or temperomandibular joint (TMJ) pain.

Joint & Back Pain - Used for joint pain for it’s lubricating effect on fluids cushioning the joints and antispasmodic effects on the muscles, Mullein Root tincture is notably documented for these ailments by herbalists Matthew Wood and Jim McDonald.

Dosage for Adults:
Swollen Prostate: 1 teaspoon two times a day for 10 to 14 days

Incontinence: 1 teaspoon two times a day for 10 to 14 days

Bell’s Palsy: Effective when taken in small doses, 6 to 10 drops in small amount of water three to four times a day

Back Muscle Spasms and Joint Pain: Take in small doses, 6 to 10 drops in small amount of water three to four times a day until spasms subside and pain diminishes.

Warnings: No drug interactions have been reported and Mullein root is considered safe for long term use. Note that Mullein root is also used as an expectorant and beneficial for reducing inflammation while stimulating fluid production, so you may experience an urge to cough and expel phlegm from any congestion you may have.


Medical Herbalism: Journal for the Medical Practitioner. Medicinal uses of Mullein Root, C Sinadinos. 2009 Vol 16, Number 2, pp 1-15.

Herbal Therapeutics Research Library. Daivd Winston (RH AHG 2012.

Note: This information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgement of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare provider. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of this extract is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare provider before taking this tincture.