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The Edgar Cayce Health Database


Mullein or Verbascum is a common herb that grows across the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. This plant is prominent in the Cayce readings on varicose veins and kidney problems.

The readings describe two primary ways of using mullein:

  • Mullein tea
  • Mullein stupes (poultice)

Either the fresh or the dry herb may be used, although whichever is chosen, it should be taken consistently. If the fresh is in season, this is perhaps preferable, although at least one reading advises the dry for the sake of uniformity.


Edgar Cayce gave these instructions for making mullein tea from fresh green leaves:

If there will be the walking, and not merely standing or resting, and the taking of a small quantity of Mullein Tea every other day, these will disappear - and this disturbance will disappear. The therapeutic reaction is to better circulation - through the kidneys, especially as related to the lower limbs.

Prepare the Mullein Tea in this manner: Bruise the fresh Mullein Leaves and some of the flower, especially at this period of the year. Use about two ounces (in quantity, not in weight) to about a quart of water. Let this steep as tea. Take two or three ounces every other day; it may be taken twice during that day, but this is the quantity to be consumed during the day, see? Keep it in a cool place, and make fresh almost each time it is used, see? (457-13)

To make mullein tea from dried leaves:

Take internally each day about two-thirds of a teacup of Mullein Tea. Use dried mullein for this - a pinch between thumb and forefinger, put in a cup and pour boiling water over same, allowing to set for thirty minutes. Strain off, cool and drink just about two-thirds of a cup, daily. (5037-1)

To make and use a mullein stupe with fresh green leaves:

Where these [varicose veins] become too severe, the application of Mullein Stupes will relieve tensions. Pour boiling water over the Mullein Leaves and allow to set for a few minutes. Then apply these direct to the areas, on gauze. (3039-1)

Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health Database.