With many people taking notice of how badly pharmaceuticals can affect you, and how they may not work on some, people are returning to a good old fashioned and trustworthy method of healing: Herbs. A once popular position in cultures is becoming more sought after as people are understanding that Mother Nature is here to help us, and heal us. The herbalist is someone that many people are starting to seek after again to help with their ailments in a natural way. I always suggest that you talk to both a regular physician as well as herbalist before starting any herbal program. The herbs I wanted to talk about today however have many great and wonderful healing properties: Mullein

Mullein

History

Mullein comes from the word “mollis” which is of Latin origin meaning “soft”. It is also known as “Verbascum Densiflorum, felon herb, common wormwood, Great mullein, Common,  witch’s Taper, Velvet Dock, Candlestick, Jupiter’s Staff (the plant grows to over 6’ high), Felt word and Flannel Mullein. It can be originally traced back to the Mediterranean and utilized by both Romans and Greeks throughout history, this herb has made its way to North America. It has been used for many things from warding off evil spirits, to being used as a candlestick or torch, or utilized in the healing ailments of many. Now, it is traditionally used as an herbal tea to help aid in health.

Uses

Mullein is an excellent herb that helps in many ailments. When prepared as a tea it is sought after to help ailments of the respiratory variety including bronchitis, asthma, and even viral colds. It helps to sooth the irritated membranes and helps reduce and break up phlegm as well as reduce inflammation within the body. It has also been noted to treat migraines, gout, flu, cellulitis and more. The healing properties of this herb are incredible even when applied to the skin. It is noted to try a little of the mullein herb on a small patch of your arm to test for allergies, or speak to your physician to confirm any known allergies before use.

Preparation

Some of the main ways that many use for preparing Mullein are using it as a tea, and also using it outright on the skin. For the tea, you want to make sure that you use the dried leaf (you can use the flower for a sweeter tea) and boil it in a strainer, paper filter, or tea ball. Let it steep for about 10-15 minutes to get the purest benefits.

One of the ways that you can benefit from Mullein on your skin is by mixing the flowers in olive oil for about a week or two, store it in a warm place, and then strain the leaves out. Mix this with your favorite coconut or vitamin E oil if you would like and then rub on whatever may be ailing you. Some people use this for gout, tennis elbow, and other inflamed joints.

Another option is using it as a healing oil on cuts, burns, or other open wounds. It works incredibly well for helping to heal and diminish the appearance of scars. It is an excellent alternative to Neosporin type products.

Hopefully you learned something new about the Mullein herb and will look at speaking to an herbalist about how to incorporate this into your families life when it is needed!