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Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is a common wild plant plant in dry areas worldwide. Its large hairy leaves have been given the nick name "Old mans Blanket" or "Wooly Mullein". It was widely used as a medicinal by the pioneers to treat skin diseases and mycobacterial disease in animals. Now it is emerging as a promising treatment for Tuberculosis. TB is becoming resistant to conventional antibiotics and is increasingly hard to fight.

Hairy leaves of mullein
Scientists are rediscovering the traditional uses of the herb. Mullein contains many compounds that can both discourage bacterial growth and alleviate symptoms of infections such as congestion and coughing.