Mullein is a pretty herb that pops up along roadsides and fields. In the early stages of growing, mullein is just a small crown of soft, furry leaves.
As the plant matures, it grows a tall stalk the produces little yellow flowers. I think it is a stunning plant.
Mullein’s most common use if for respiratory ailments. We have used it for unproductive coughs and any kind of cold that sets into the chest.
It works well as a tea. Mullein is very soothing because of it’s mucilaginous properties. You do need to make sure you strain well because of the furry leaves of the plant, it’s easy to get little pieces in your tea. Add a dash of raw honey and you’re set.
For an adult, a good steam works wonders to clear out a cold. If you are unsure of just how to do a steam, check out this video from Shoshanna at the The Bulk Herb Store.
Another great use for mullein is for ear aches. We steep the flowers in some olive oil and strain. A few drops in and around the ear work well. When putting it around the ear, I like to massage it around and down the neck to help move the lymph fluid. Then I usually set the boys up with a hot water bottle to keep the area warm. They find it relaxing and settle down nicely.
I just collected a bunch of mullein out of our garden. Actually, I rescued it because my husband was going to mow and till for our new strawberry patch.
It’s soaking in salt water now so that it gets all the dirt off. I’ll dry it on towels over night and then move it to some screens to dry.
I’ve mentioned before I really don’t have enough space in our house to have screens of leaves laying around for days, so I’ll probably go put them in our car. In just a few days they will nice and crispy. I’ll package them up in labeled bags and they will be ready for the Flu season.
I also plan on making a tincture of the leaves. Tinctures are nice because they are easy to administer, especially at night when I’m sleep deprived, much easier than making a cup of tea.
No worries if you can’t find mullein to harvest, there are plenty of online sources to find it, including The Bulk Herb Store and Mountain Rose Herbs.