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(Verbascum thapsus)
Common names: Aaron's Rod, Blanket Leaf, Bunny's Ears, Candlewick, Clot, Cow's Lungwort, Doffle, Feltwort, Flannel Flower, Flannelleaf, Graveyard Dust, Great Mullein, Hag's Tapers, Hedge-taper, Jacob's Staff, Jupiter's Staff, Lady's Foxglove, Moth Mullein, Mullein Dock, Old Man's Flannel, Old Man Fennel, Shepherd's Club, Torches, Velvetback, Velvet Dock, Velvet Leaf, Velvet Plant, Verbascum Flowers, White Mullein, Woolen Blanket.


Mullein Flower

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Parts Used: Leaves, Flowers, Root. Methods Used: Water extraction, inhalation, smoke, poultice

Spiritual Uses: In Europe, this plant is believed to drive away evil spirits. Folklore relates that a torch of Mullein (stripped of its leaves and dipped in tallow) could repel witches (or the devil) while a leaf stuffed into a shoe could insure conception.

Physical Uses: Mullein is native to Europe and Asia and is naturalized in North America from the Atlantic to Kansas.

The leaf tea is used as a remedy for hoarseness, coughs, and bronchitis.

The flower tea can relieve pain and encourage sleep. Historically, if it is applied externally, it can help to resolve painful skin conditions and hemorrhoids..

Add a handful of dried flowers to recently boiled water and inhale the vapors to treat nasal and sinus congestion.

Dried leaves were smoked by Native Americans to relieve lung congestion and asthma. Mullein cigarettes have been used to help a person stop smoking tobacco.

This herb is also used to relieve gastrointestinal distress and diarrhea.

A poultice of leaves (or powdered leaves) can help to heal stubborn wounds and sores.

Oil from the flowers is reputed to ease earaches.

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