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Mullein has been used in traditional medicine since ancient times. The silvery leaves, bright yellow flowers and roots of the mullein plant are used medicinally for the treatment of various inflammatory diseases, earaches, diarrhea, asthma, coughs and other lung-related ailments. Mullein is often prepared as a soothing leaf tea or an ear oil made from the infused flowers.
The leaf is a classic remedy for bronchitis (as well as other coughs) and burning urination. Simmer two teaspoons per cup and take a quarter cup four times a day. A tea of the flowers taken before bed brings on sleep. A poultice of the leaves helps wounds and sores; follow the general directions for poultices. The leaves 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.
Known as “hag’s tapers,” the old stems of mullein were once soaked in fat or wax and used as torches. They are particularly appropriate for use at Samhain. In ancient grimoires (handbooks of spells) the powdered leaf is a substitute for graveyard dust. The leaves may also be smoked to connect with ancestral knowledge.
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Important Note: Information on the traditional uses and properties of herbs are provided on this site is for educational use only, and is not intended as medical advice. If you have any serious health concerns, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.