So you want to learn a little bit about mullein. I wouldn’t expect anything less – She is marvelous!
Mullein is a member of the Scrophularia family. Her botanical name is Verbascum thapsus.
This plant has a rather majestic appearance. It is biennial and grows to be quite tall in it’s second year. Much of the time that I spent with mullein in the wild was in Northeast PA. I regularly came across plants there that towered over my 5’9″ height.
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 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. It is common to find her along power lines and railroad tracks. Unfortunately, because these areas are often sprayed with pesticides, harvesting this amazing plant from them is not advised. I prefer to hunt her along riverbeds instead 😉
She is used by the earth to refurbish its soil. It follows then, that she can be used energetically to refurbish the body, mind, and 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.
Mulleins leaves can grow to be quite large. And as I mentioned earlier, they have a velvet-like texture – I would even go so far as to 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. Which, in accordance with the doctrine of signatures, shows us that she is particularly useful for issues concerning gas exchange, as are the skin and the lungs.
You can make a tea from her leaves to alleviate dry cough and hoarseness. It will not be effective with wet conditions. Mullein tea will also assist with relief from loss of appetite, ulcers, and menstrual issues. And can be used as a diuretic.
Like Solomon’s seal she has the ‘intelligence to set bones’ – meaning that she helps broken bones set together properly. This can be accomplished by using a poultice made from her leaves.
A salve made from mullein’s leaves and elder flower is an excellent remedy for hemorrhoids.
This plants roots make an excellent tincture. They have an affinity for the nervous system and neuralgia. They have become a standard pain relief remedy in the northeast United States.
And then there are the wonders of her flowering stalk. It can be quite difficult to catch her at just the right time to reap a multitude of those pretty little flowers, as they tend to bloom in stages. It is well worth the effort of collecting them in stages though, they make an incredibly useful oil that is commonly used for ear infection and renown for it’s efficacy in resolving this issue.
If you do bring home a stalk or two, remember to allow them to sit outdoors for a day or so. They are usually full of bugs – it seems that the environment her stalks provide is quite appealing to these ‘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!
All-in-all she is wise and carries many talents! Knowing her is well worth your time and effort 😉
I would love to hear any information you may have to share about this ahhhhmazing plant. What have you used it for? Or maybe you’ve been hoping to get your hands on some for some particular purpose? Let’s meet in the comments and chat all about it 😉
As always, your presence is greatly appreciated. I adore that you are here. And I just know that we are going to have great fun together ❤
DISCLAIMER: I am not a licensed health professional. You are solely responsible for researching herbs to determine how you choose to use them. If you decide to make them a part of your health care plan, I take no responsibility for the results of that decision.