I really am only a newbie in the world of herbs. I’ve been using them for about eight years now and each year I find I have so much more to learn. Lately, I’ve gotten caught up in learning some new things, however, I neglected some of the basics that I had come to rely upon in the past.
This week I had the chance to use this combination of herbs, not once, but twice and for different ailments. So, I’d like to share a little bit about mullein and lobelia.
This week, not only did we have colds, we had backed up ears. Yuck. Too much pressure in the head. I’ve been struggling with some random ear issues so the cold just threw my body into a loop.
I was looking for some relief as nothing seemed to be helping. I had totally neglected to look at one of my favorite herbal books, Dr. Christopher’s School of Natural Healing. I used to turn to this book for every ailment and I remembered why, it was so full of useful information.
When looking for something to move lymph fluid and fight infection the combination of lobelia and mullien kept coming up. Well, really, I knew that! In fact, I have recommended it not that long ago to a friend with mastitis.
I was pretty happy that I had both on hand. In fact, the mullien was harvested in my yard over the summer. It feels good to have your own herbs stored for times like these.
For most things a ratio of three parts mullien to one part lobelia work well. I put my dry herbs in some cheese cloth and covered them with boiling water to activate them.
When cooled enough, I put the cheese cloth around my ear and down my neck and then covered it with plastic wrap to keep it moist. Then I topped it was a hot water bottle. I laid down with that side of my face on the couch.
No joke, with in five minutes I could feel my ear crackling and fluid draining. Relief!
Such a simple mixture with such great results.
This combination of herbs is not only good for ear aches, it’s great for any swollen lymph nodes in the body, including tonsils. (Which I also used on my oldest son this week).
Lobelia and mullein are also great herbs for the respiratory track. My youngest needed a bit of help with an unproductive cough. Just three drops of tincture and his cough was loose and productive.
Lobelia, as Dr. Christopher refers to it as, is a ‘thinking’ herb. When combined with others herbs it helps bring it to the system that needs help.
I recommend if you can, keeping these two herbs on hand for healing. One of my favorite places to buy dried herbs is Mountain Rose Herbs.
What are some of your favorite herbal combinations?