Mullein

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Mullein


Latin Name: verbascum thapsus
Alternative Name: hag’s taper, candlewick plant, aaron’s rod, velvet plant, shepherd’s club, blanket leaf, flannel pland, graveyard dust, hedge taper, jupiter’s staff, lady’s foxglove, old man’s fennel, Peter’s staff, shepherd’s herb, torches, velvetback, velvet plant
Forms Available: cut, leaf, flower

Mullein – Verbascum thapsus – Also known as Hag’s Taper, Candlewick Plant, Aaron’s Rod, Velvet Plant, and Shepherd’s Club. This biennial has a rosette of woolly leaves and a tall, thick, downy, resinous stem of bright yellow flowers, followed by many-seeded capsules. The honey-scented flowers flavor liqueurs and yield skin-softening mucilage. The expectorant, soothing, and spasm-sedating properties of the leaf and flowers are used to treat raspy coughs and are added to herbal tobacco. Woolly leaf wraps preserve figs and are used as tinder and emergency bandages. The powdered leaves are sometimes called “Graveyard Dust”, and can be substituted for such.
The leaf is a classic remedy for bronchitis, as well as other coughs, and burning urination. Simmer two teaspoons oer cup and take a quarter cup four times a day. A tea of the flowers take before bed brings on sleep. A poultice of the leaves helps wounds and sores. The leavs steeped in vinegar and water will soothe inflammations, painful skin conditions, and hemorrhoids when used externally as a poultice. They may be used in tincture form, fifteen to forty drops every two to four hours.

Aromatherapy & Health Uses: The honey-scented flowers flavor liqueurs and yield skin-softening mucilage. The expectorant, soothing, and spasm-sedating properties of the leaf and flowers are used to treat raspy coughs and are added to herbal tobacco.

Other Uses: In India, mullein is regarded as the most potent safeguard against evil spirits and magic, and is hung over doors, in windows and carried in sachets. It is also used to banish demons and negativity. Protection; Divination; Health.


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