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Mullein,first year
Mullein,first year

Mullein, 2nd year
Mullein, 2nd year
Mullein -Verbascum thapsus

COMMON NAMES: Bunny's Ears, Flannelleaf, Jacob's-staff

PARTS USED: Leaves, flowers

The herb is woolly in appearance and belongs to the Scrophulariaceae family of plants. During the first year of its existence, the large and Hairy leaves of the common mullein form a rosette or a rose-shaped decoration just above the ground. In the spring of the second year, the plant gives rise to a tall stem from the leaves and it grows to a height of approximately four feet. The apex of the stem is covered by a barb of yellow colored flowers. Even though it is found in dry, barren areas, mullein will also thrive in moist soil. It is easy to grow and thrives in gardens.

Mullein can be used in many forms for many different problems. I think of it as a sponge. I use it to suck Poison out of Bites and Stings and to pull Mucus out of Colds.

External Uses:
Mullein has Anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties. Make a poultice by crushing dried leaves and mixing it with tincture or vinegar. I like to add some myrrh to speed the healing. Wrap it up and let it work for about 30 minutes. This works wonders on Skin irritations, such as Rashes, and Boils, Bruises, Bites and Stings. It also relieves arthritic and Rheumatic conditions. The herb's Anti-inflammatory and anti-Bacterial properties make mullein compresses an ideal treatment for Hemorrhoids and Cold Sores. I always have some close by for spider Bites. Mullein works especially well with yellow dock tincture and myrrh. A friend got a spider bite and it started to show the 'bulls-eye' pattern of a brown recluse. We applied this combination as a poultice several times. It didn't even leave a scar.

Mullein can also be used applied externally as an oil infusion for dressing Skin Ulcers, Wounds, sunBurns, common Burns as well as Hemorrhoids. To prepare, drench two handfuls of cut dehydrated or fresh mullein flowers and leaves in two cups of olive oil or sweet almond for eight days at a stretch. Then filter the liquid and store it in bottle for later use. It is important to store the liquid in a cool and dry place to retain its properties. This oil is beneficial for dressing different Skin conditions. Faintly warm a few drops of this medicated oil and place it inside the ear canal to alleviate ear ache. Remember to cover the ear with a warm cloth after applying the oil.
Mullein year one.

Mullein tea is very effective for Respiratory problems such as Asthma, Bronchitis, and Allergies. It is also effective in treating Sore throats and Coughs. It's anti-Bacterial properties make it effective in treating Infections. It has even been used to treat Tuberculosis as it inhibits mycobacterium, the Bacteria which causes the disease. Mullein relieves Digestive disorders, such as Diarrhea and Stomach Pains. Its anti-spasmodic properties relieve Stomach Cramps.

The tea is simple to make. Just steep the leaves in hot water. For a sweeter taste, the flowers can be added. You can drink the tea, hot or cold. Any excess tea can be stored in the refrigerator for future use.

Mullein is an : anodyne, Antispasmodic, Demulcent, Diuretic, Expectorant, Vulnerary. Mullein tea makes a good remedy for Cough, whooping Cough, Tuberculosis, Bronchitis, Hoarseness, Pneumonia, Earaches, Colds, chills, flu, swine flu, Fever, Allergies, tonsillitis, and Sore throat. The flower tea will help relieve Pain and induce Sleep. For nasal Congestion or other Respiratory problems, breathe the vapor from hot water with a handful of flowers added. Other uses include Asthma, Diarrhea, Colic, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Migraines, joint Pain, and Gout. It is also used as a Sedative and as a Diuretic to increase urine output.
Mullein year two

Naturalist Grieve described the common mullein as a tremendous valuable herb for treating an assortment of ailments. Grieve eulogized the herb to such an extent that he said that it could even put the latest 'wonder medicine' appear to be ineffective in contrast. Physicians believe that the common mullein has Demulcent (a calming substance), Emollient (soothing to the Skin) and Astringent and hence it is beneficial in curing Bleeding of the Lungs or Tuberculosis and also of the Bowels.

It may be noted here that the common mullein is one of the best herbs to treat most of the ailments associated with infancy or childhood. Hence, it is considered to be effective in healing tonsillitis (Inflammation of the tonsils), Chicken Pox, Measles and Mumps. In the later case, the use of mullein is more beneficial when it is blended with another herb called catnip.

SIDE EFFECTS AND CAUTIONS: Studies as well as experience have shown that mullein is a safe herb and does not have any adverse side affects. Although, there have been infrequent reports of Skin irritation after the use of mullein. Mullein is believed to be safe to use during Pregnancy or Lactation.

I use mullein and find it to be wonderful for Skin problems and Colds and Congestion. Some of what is recorded here is from online research. Take time to research it for yourself. It works, there's no side effects, its free, and there is probably some close to your home. I am not a doctor and I'm just passing on the information so I am not responsible if it should fail to work for you. If you can't find it growing, I have plenty. Let me know if you want some. 785-342-4293. Dianna Padgett.