|Verbascum (Common Mullein) image: Wikipedia|
|image: Sandra Crowell|
Teas and tinctures of mullein are used to help heal issues with the respiratory, gastrointestinal and urinary tracts. Mullein contains soothing demulcents that impart anti-inflammatory effects when used internally, and have anti-bacterial effects on the skin.
When the brilliant yellow but often-ignored yellow flowers begin blooming later this summer, I will be concocting:
- a flower-infused oil, famous for earache
- beeswax-based draw-out poultices for splinters and boils
- analgesic salves especially for joint pain of the hands and feet (fresh mullein wrapping leaf included)
- distilled essential oil concentrate of mullein flowers
All this from a "weed" considered to be noxious and invasive in Colorado.
I am still in the process of setting up my online store in which I'll be selling potions handcrafted from sustainably wildharvested, organically farmed healing plants such as mullein.
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