Mullein ~ Verbascum thapsus ~ Organic 50+ seeds ~ Medicinal Seeds ~ Great for Earaches
Mullein is an attractive flowering landscape plant with a rich history as an herbal remedy. When it is grown as an herbal remedy, every part of the mullein plant is usable at different times during its life cycle. The thick, soft leaves are made into a tea to treat respiratory illness by loosening congestion and helping clear the lungs. The tiny hairs on the leaves can be irritating, and any teas should be filtered carefully to avoid this problem. A tincture of mullein alleviates this problem, although it is extremely bitter.
Mullein flowers provide a soothing and cleansing effect on the skin. As a wash, they are an easy treatment for minor wounds and scrapes. These same flowers can be picked throughout the growing season, placed in olive oil and left to infuse. The resulting infusion is used for earaches that do not involve a ruptured eardrum. Add beeswax to the infused oil, and you have a balm that is a welcome addition to any baby's changing table. The delicate skin of a baby's diaper area can benefit from a light layer of mullein balm.
Mullein root has been used to treat urinary tract issues. The plant has a long taproot, which makes it difficult to harvest and nearly impossible to transplant. When harvesting, be sure to use a spade and dig when the soil contains some moisture.
Mullein is an accurate indicator of a soil's contamination level. When looking for wild mullein, only harvest from straight, vigorous stalks. The crooked stalks indicate a high level of chemical contamination in the soil.
Mullein as Herbal Treatments Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is an herbaceous plant that produces large, woolly, grayish-green leaves and bright yellow flowers in summer, followed by egg-shaped, pale brown fruits in fall. Although mullein is native to Asia and Europe, the plant has naturalized across the United States since it was introduced in the 1700s. You may know this common plant as big taper, velvet dock, flannel-leaf, lungwort or velvet plant. The plant has been utilized throughout history for its herbal properties. Medicinal uses for mullein can include: Earaches, middle ear infections Coughs, bronchitis, asthma and other respiratory problems Sore throat, sinus infection Migraine Menstrual cramps Arthritis and rheumatism Urinary tract infection, urinary incontinence, bedwetting Skin diseases, bruises, frostbite Toothache