Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen a sort of resurgence of Mullein Tea in Australia. Even though it has been a flavourful beverage in use for several centuries to treat many ailments from colds to asthma, its many benefits are still not medically proven.
However, what is proven is that many people enjoy its rich, aromatic flavour that’s derived from the leaves of a plant that’s native to Africa, Asia, and Europe.
If you’re considering consuming Mullein Tea, here are a couple of potential benefits of using it.
Beneficial For Soothing Respiratory Conditions
Mullein has been used for many centuries to treat respiratory conditions. It was often used to relieve symptoms of asthma, which usually causes the airways to swell, resulting in wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing.
In recent years, some limited animal studies have shown that Mullein Tea does indeed reduce inflammation, relaxing the respiratory tract. The flowers are also used to treat respiratory issues like tonsillitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and bronchitis. That said, there has been no human research carried out. But many people swear that Mullein Tea helps soothe and relax their airways.
Combat Viral Infections
A couple of limited studies in test tubes suggest that mullein may have antiviral properties. A study recently analysed several herbs and discovered that mullein extract was effective at combating influenza. Some other studies also show that it may be able to combat the herpes family of viruses, aka pseudorabies. That said, no human research has been conducted.
Mullein Tea Australia is often used because of its antibacterial properties. Even though human clinical trials don’t back its antibacterial properties, a test-tube study using mullein extract found that it inhibited several types of bacteria, which include Bacillus Cereus, which is found in our food.
Another study found that using mullein extract inhibited the growth of various infectious bacteria like E. coli and Streptococcus Pyogenes.
Limited human studies were conducted, one of which included several children. A single study that included 180 children found that the herb was beneficial at treating ear infections which are also caused by bacteria.
Then there was another 3-day study that used ear drops with mullein and a few other herbal extracts three times a day. The study concluded that ear pain was reduced by 93%. However, the jury is out as to if it was the mullein extract that did its thing or any other herb in the drops. That’s why doctors cite a need for additional human research.
If you have trouble sleeping, Mullein Tea can probably help you. It contains a natural sedative that relaxes your mind and body. If anything, it does not hurt drinking a cup before going to bed for better sleep.
Improving Gut Health
Mullein Tea is beneficial for people with indigestion. It can help soothe the condition and improve gut health. It mainly works by cleaning the digestive system, effectively reducing instances of diarrhea and constipation.