Mullein & its many uses

Mullein grows like a weed in my neck of the woods. In fact, it is a weed! lol

A while back we decided to harvest a bunch of it. Up until now, I have been buying it in a tea form at our local Whole Foods grocery store. It is rather expensive too, being $6.00 a box. One day,  A friend pointed out to me all the wild Mullein that grew up and down the town rail road tracks. Wow! Free Mullein!   Time was of the essense too she said, because every year they kill it off with pesticides.

We decided it was time to make our own tea, and save lots of $$$.

This is how it starts off.

When it first starts to grow in the Spring

Growing taller

The leaves

Up close, they are furry!

Hanging up to dry

Ugh! They are NOT a bed Shadow!!

De-stemming & De-bugging them!

All crispy & dried from the brown lunch bags

Ready to crush to make tea

All bagged up

Made into tea bags, from coffee filters & stapled.

We added strings through the staples later. These are the two test bags. My friend just boils the dried leaves whole. You do not have to go through all the trouble of  crushing them and making tea bags. My kids just wanted too go through the trouble, because it was fun.

Keep in mind that Mullen has a bitter taste, if you steep it with a Jasmine or peppermint tea, it softens the flavor, but still gives you the amazing healing properties.

You would use this any time you had a cough,were congested, or had a significant amount of phelm build up. This works better then anything we have ever tried, being a natural expectorant.

You want to try to stay away from un-natural sorces of expectorant if at all possible, such as  guaifenesin, or  bromhexine. Especialy if your a child. Both of these have many side effects that the doctors fail to ever mention to you.

A little history of Mullen:

Mullen can be found anywhere in the United States, and other countries, such as, Haiti, India, South America, Spain and Turkey. It occurs along roadsides,  fields and barren areas. Mullein thrives in sunny uncultivated fields, waste ground and on dry soils.

Mullein was used during the Middle Ages as a remedy for skin and lung disease in cattle and humans. By the end of the nineteenth century, mullein was given in Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States to tuberculosis patients.

Mullein is a tall (two to seven feet) fuzzy plant that has yellow flowers growing off of a stalk from March to November. The yellow, unstalked, flowers appear in densely packed spikes, and bloom at random, from spring until fall. The flowers are small, an inch or less across, and cup-shaped, with five petals joined at their base, five stamens, and one pistil. The flowers are fragrant and taste sweet, the leaves however are not fragrant and taste slightly bitter. Through the summer and early fall, the flowers fade, and the fruits appear.

 The leaves are a rubefacient, which means that if you rub them against your skin it will become red and irritated. But this characteristic has been exploited by make-up manufacturers. They produce a natural, make-up out of the Mullein. This practice ensured that Mullein acquired another name – Quaker Rouge.

 

  Mullein tea provides vitamins B-2, B-5, B-12, and D, choline, hesperidin, PABA, sulfur, magnesium, mucilage, saponins, and other active substances. The tea is served as a beverage, but it is best known as one of the safest, most effective herbal cough remedies.

Mullein, as states, is an expectorant and a tonic for the lungs, mucus membranes and glands. An infusion is used for for colds, emphysema, asthma, hay fever and whooping cough. Strain the tea through cheesecloth, if you are not placing them in tea bags, or the little hairs can get stuck in your throat and make you cough even more. Laboratory tests have shown that it is anti-inflammatory, with antibiotic activity, and that it inhibitsTB (tuberculosis bacillus.)

Indians smoked dried mullein and coltsfoot cigarettes for bronchitis and asthma. The tea is also an astringent, it’s good for diarrhea, and it’s been used in compresses for hemorrhoids for centuries. The heated leaves have been used in poultices to help other herbs get absorbed through the skin.

So there you have it! Won’t you try this wonderful herb, and please take the time and share a review.


Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s