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Mullein Seeds

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9.119 STEEM 11.398 STEEM
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Overview

Mullein is a beautiful permaculture weed; medicinal, dynamic accumulator, compost fodder, natural dyes, and more! As a biennial Mullein grows as a rosette in its first year. In its second year it produces a giant flower stalk, sometimes referred to as a candle stick, often 4 feet to over 6 feet with a great portion of the stalk dedicate to striking yellow blossoms that bloom sequentially throughout the season. It is a sight to behold! I love Mullein’s cold hardiness and fondly remember collecting first year Mullein leaves in the middle of winter under snow when most other plants had died back or gone dormant.

Great Mullein – Verbascum thapsus

Life cycle: Biennial / Ease of propagation: Easy / Hardiness zone: 3-8

Mullein is a beautiful permaculture weed; medicinal, dynamic accumulator, compost fodder, natural dyes, and more! As a biennial Mullein grows as a rosette in its first year. In its second year it produces a giant flower stalk, sometimes referred to as a candle stick, often 4 feet to over 6 feet with a great portion of the stalk dedicate to striking yellow blossoms that bloom sequentially throughout the season. It is a sight to behold! I love Mullein’s cold hardiness and fondly remember collecting first year Mullein leaves in the middle of winter under snow when most other plants had died back or gone dormant.

Mullein can be used to tonify the lungs and build lung strength in light of asthma and a wide variety of other lung related symptoms such as inflammation, congestion, spasms and more. Additionally Mullein leaves are a mild sedative for the lungs, helping to provide relieve. Mullein leaves can be dried and used to prepare infusions drank regularly to help tonify the lungs over time. Be sure to strain the infusion through cheesecloth or similar as the leaves have fine hairs that can irritate the throat.

Mullein leaves are also an expectorant and can be smoked to provide relief from asthma, spasmodic coughs or heavy congestion. Dry Mullein leaves (first years are best) are easily smoked from a pipe or set smouldering on a dish from which smoke can be inhaled. Mullein was commonly used in Native American smoking mixes with other leaves.

Mullein’s blossoms are known for their ability to relieve earaches, discharge from the ear and eczema of the external ear. The flowers are collected and infused into an oil which can be applied directly. On a similar note Mullein tincture of the blossoms has been used to relieve ear related headaches and migraines.

Additionally the blossoms can be used to make a yellow natural dye.

The large Mullein leaves have been nicknamed “nature’s toilet paper” because of their soft surface. It’s no joke – you won’t find a more luxurious leaf for the purpose.

As a survival or practical point, the mullein leaves and stalk when dry are quite easily set to flame and the soft down on the leaves can be used for tinder. Additionally the whole flower stalk has been dipped in wax or fat and used as a giant candle/torch!

There are many other benefits of the Great Mullein plant, too many to list here!

“It is considered of much value in phthisis and other wasting diseases, palliating the cough and staying expectoration, consumptives appearing to benefit greatly by its use, being given in the form of an infusion, 1oz of dried, or the corresponding quantity of fresh leaves being boiled for 10 minutes in a pint of milk, and when strained, given warm, thrice daily, with or without sugar.”
– Maud Grieve, A Modern Herbal

“The chopped leaves have been smoked for centuries to relax spasmodic coughing in chest infections and asthma; they can be used with Lobelia or Jimsonweed for greater effect.”
– Michael Moore, Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West

“The root is also a diuretic and urinary tract astringent. One-half teaspoon in one-fourth cup of water drunk before retiring will increase the tone of the trigone, the triangular base of the bladder, and help prevent bedwetting or incontinence. It is also useful for prostate inflammation or simple urethral irritation in both sexes following sexual calisthenics.”
– Michael Moore, Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West

“Mullein is a soothing demulcent to the upper respiratory tract – gently astringent and expectorant. It is good for treating upper respiratory infection, cough, croup, sore throat, and bronchial catarrh. The combined demulcent and astringent effects make it a serviceable tea for treating mild diarrhea or infant diarrhea.”
– Richo Cech, Making Plant Medicine

Sowing Instructions

Direct sow seeds in spring time and scratch the seeds in by raking the surface of the soil, tamping down the soil. Or start in pots/flats sowing the seeds just below the soil’s surface and keeping moist until germination occurs.

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