How to Turn Mullein into Medicine
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Specifically becoming free from my dependence upon it.
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Well, without spending too much time on this I wanted to share just a little bit of what I’ve been learning by teaching you how you can turn a common plant found throughout North America (and Hawaii) into an effective medicine for all kinds of respiratory ailments and ear infections. This wonderful plant is Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsas).
How to find and identify Common Mullein
Where to find it
Mullein loves to grow in well-drained soils in a sunny position, so a good place to find it is on slopes that are south-facing. It does not like shade or moist soils, so if you live in a moist area you’ll need to get out in the sunny locations that have drier soils like abandoned fields, roadsides, slopes, and waste places.
What to look for
|Long-oval, woolly-velvety leaves: In the first year of growth, mullein develops a rosette of very hairy leaves (on both the top and bottom sides). In the second year, a stalk develops and the leaves grow in an alternate pattern up the stalk. Leaves can grow up to 2 feet long.|
|Large Stalk: In the second year of growth, a tall stalk (from 2 feet to upwards of 8 feet) will emerge.|
|5-Petaled, Yellow Flowers: The yellow flowers grow in a dense cluster toward the end of the stalk. They are around 1 inch in diameter and consist of five petals.|
How to turn Mullein into medicine
Making an infusion is just another way of saying making a tea. There are five steps:
|Step 1: Gather and dry out the mullein leaves. On sunny days, I like to use the ledge abutting my rear car window. It typically only takes around a few hours on a good sunny/warm day.|
|Step 2: Boil some water|
|Step 3: Remove the water from the heat source and pour 1 cup of water over 1 – 2 teaspoons of dried mullein leaves|
|Step 4: Steep the plant part(s) in the hot water for around 10-15 minutes|
|Step 5: Strain out the plant matter and keep the medicinal water|
Mullein oil infusion
Similar to a water infusion, an oil infusion is made by steeping the desired plant parts in oil. Typically this is done by submerging the plant parts in oil within a sealed glass jar. This jar is then left in the sun over an extended period of time (depending on the plant).
To make a mullein oil infusion:
|Step 1: Ready the container: Prepare a glass mason jar by filling it 2/3 – 3/4 full with semi-dried mullein flowers (semi-dried means just leaving them in a warm spot for about 30 min to get some of the moisture out).|
|Step 2: Steep the mixture: Pour the oil of your choice (I like to use olive oil) over the flowers until they are completely submerged and the container is full. Be sure to tightly close the jar’s lid. With the jar full of flowers and oil, place it in a warm, sunny location and let it steep for two to four weeks.|
|Step 4: Strain the infusion: Now that the infusion is complete, the last step is to strain out the plant matter with a cheesecloth (or old, clean t-shirt). This resultant infusion can now be used for medicine|
How to use your mullein medicine
Here are the uses of your mullein medicine (broken down by the types you made above):
Mullein infusion (or mullein tea) is an excellent remedy for congestion, dry coughs, and emphysema since it is an excellent expectorant. As an expectorant, it will help loosen phlegm and mucous from the walls of the lungs allowing it to be coughed up.
To administer: Just drink it like any herbal tea. You can also add a bit of honey to improve the taste.
Mullein-flower oil infusion is a well known and very effective remedy for ear infections.
To administer: Using a dropper, place 2-3 drops of mullein oil in the ear canal twice daily until resolved.
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