The silvery green leaves and bright yellow flowers of mullein have been utilized for thousands of years in traditional medicine to soothe the upper respiratory tract and appease and repel evil spirits. This gentle herb has been used extensively in European and North American folk medicine and thus has a plethora of folk tales associated with it. Presently, mullein can be found at health food stores often prepared as soothing leaf tea or an ear oil made of the infused flowers. Mullein oil has remarkable expectorant properties. It loosens coughs or phlegm that is deposited in the lungs and respiratory tracts, and gives relief from cough, heaviness in the chest, breathing troubles, asthma, bronchitis, congestion, and other respiratory disorders.