Mullein Leaf (Verbascum thapsus)
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ALSO KNOWN AS: Aaron's-rod, Flannelleaf
PLANT FAMILY: Scrophulariaceae
PART(S) USED: Leaves
OVERVIEW: Mullein is a hairy biennial plant that can grow to 2 m tall or more. Its small, yellow flowers are densely grouped on a tall stem, which grows from a large rosette of leaves. It grows in a wide variety of habitats, but prefers well-lit, disturbed soils, where it can appear soon after the ground receives light, from long-lived seeds that persist in the soil seed bank.
TRADITIONAL USES: Mullein, a very gentle herb, and has been traditionally consumed as a tea or smoked to treat the upper respiratory system and exert a mild sedative action upon the lungs. Mullein flower oil has been used to soothe earaches, and the leaves have been used for a variety of purposes, including insulating layers inside clothing.
Mullein root was made into a necklace for teething infants by the Abnaki tribe, the Cherokee applied the leaves as a poultice for cuts and swollen glands, and other tribes rubbed the leaves on the body during ritual sweat bathes. Additionally, the flowers were used internally as teas and topically as poultices. The Navajos smoked mullein, referring to it as "big Tobacco".
STORAGE: Keep dry. Store in an airtight container in a dry cupboard away from light. Will keep for many years.
PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS:
- Use at your own risk.
- Small hairs on the mullein leaf may cause irritation in the mouth and throat if not filtered prior to consumption.
- Always consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have an existing medical condition, have allergies, or are on any medications.
WARNING: This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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