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Verbascum thapsus L.

This result should not be considered complete or definitive and is for reference only. Care must be taken when using any wild plant for food, fiber, medicine or any other non-traditional uses. The information was complied using multiple sources and these references should be consulted for more complete descriptions of usage(s) and potential health risk. We are not responsible for any ill effects from the information included on this page.

Uses Part Preparation Effect Notes
Dye  Leaf yellow Mordant(s) -alum
Medicine  Flower Respiration Tuberculosis
Flower Put oil in bottle Skin/sores/bleeding
Leaf Mixed decoction Colds/sore throat/earache Cough syrup
Leaf Tea Digestion
Leaf Head/eyes Put leaves on head for headache
Leaf Fresh; scald; soaked into poultice Inflamation/swelling Wrap neck for mumps, swollen glands; put on swelling
Leaf Dried Respiration Inhale smoke from burning leaves - asthma
Leaf Skin rash/allergy Rub underarm for prickley rash
Plant Ointment Colds/sore throat/earache Earache
Root Tea Female/childbirth Also leaf
Root Infusion Heart Bathe legs for dropsy
Root Tea Kidney
Root Dried Respiration

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