MULLEIN

MULLEIN:

Also Known As: Aaron’s Rod, Candlewick Plant, Feltwort, Flannel Plant, Lungwort, Shepherd’s Staff, Torches and Velvet Dock

HISTORY:

  • When mullein is dried, it burns readily. The ancients dipped the leaves, flowers and stems in suet and used them as candle wicks.

PREPARATION

  • Infusion:

Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried flowers, leaves or roots per cup of boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes and drink no more than 3 cups a day. Add sugar, lemon and honey for taste.

  • Tincture:

Add 1/2 teaspoons up to 3 times daily.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Mullein will grow easiest from seeds planted in light sandy soil under full sun. Sow seeds in the spring after the danger of frost has passed. Harvest up to one 1/3 of the leaves in the first year. Harvest the rest of the leaves the following year before the flowers bloom. Harvest the roots in the autumn time.  As the flowers start to open, you may pick them.