So you want to learn a bit about mullein ...
I wouldn't expect anything less - She is marvelous!
Here she is in all her glory ...
This pic doesn't really do her justice :/
But it is the best I've got!
She is quite majestic, and in her second year (she is a biennial plant), she grows to be rather tall. This pic was taken in Northeast PA, where I have regularly come across plants that tower over me (I am 5'9" tall).
Mullein is a plant that has been naturalized throughout the globe. Her native territory, however, is the Old World (Europe).
She likes disturbed soil, and is particularly fond of slopes.
In her first year she produces a rosette of soft, velvet like leaves which lie close to the ground. Year two brings about a tall, sturdy flower stalk jutting up from the center of that lovely little rosette. With that, her life cycle comes to an end.
Mullein is a member of the Scrophularia family. Her botanical name is Verbascum thapsus.
She is used by the earth to refurbish its soil.
It follows that she can then be used energetically to refurbish the body, mind, & spirit.
Her roots and flowers contain aromatic volatile oils.
They are used in many different forms of herbal remedies.
Her seeds are toxic and should be avoided.
The flavor of her leaf is pungent and holds a very mild bitterness.
She can be used as a bitter.
She is very dry, and her temperature is cool.
Here's a pic of her leaves ...
They can grow to be quite large. And as I mentioned earlier, they have a velvet like texture - many refer to them as 'hairy'.
Both the size and texture of her leaves is reminiscent of the skin and the villa of the mucosa in the lungs.
It helps to remind us that she is particularly useful for issues concerning gas exchange, as are the skin and the lungs.
These are her roots ...
They make an excellent tincture.
Her roots have an affinity for the nervous system and neuralgia.
They have become a standard pain relief remedy in the Northeast United States.
And finally, her lovely flowering stalk ...
It can be quite difficult to catch her at just the right time to reap a multitude of flowers from her stalk.
It is well worth the effort though.
They make an incredibly useful oil!
If you do bring home a stalk or two, remember to allow them to sit outdoors for a day or so. They are usually just full of bugs - it seems that the environment the stalk provides is quite desirable for 'little critters'.
At this point, you should have become a bit 'familiar' with Lady Mullein and a few of her virtues ; )
There is so much to learn from her ...
The next time you come across her out in her natural habitat, sit with her, talk to her, most importantly listen to her ...
She is quite enchanting!
Here is a list of some of the things she does quite well ...
- Her flower oil is just fabulous for ear infection
- Her leaves can be used for dryness of the mucosa, cough, and hoarseness. She should not be used for 'wet' respiratory issues.
- She will assist in relief from loss of appetite, ulcers, and menstrual issues
- She will act as a diuretic
- Her roots are useful for pain relief
- Like solomon's seal she has the 'intelligence to set bones' - meaning that she helps broken bones set together properly
- When used along with elder flower to make a salve she provides a great remedy for hemorrhoids
- Her thick, sturdy stalk (when dry) can be used as a hand drill to make fire.
All-in-all she is wise and carries many talents ...
Knowing her is well worth your time and effort ; )
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Travel with me on this journey we call life ...
May good fortune chase you throughout ALL of your days!
Blessings ~ Diane