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Verbascum Thapsus

Large concentrations of mucilage in mullein make it a demulcent (a substance that soothes mucous membranes) and an expectorant and thus effective in the treatment of some respiratory ailments. Mullein leaf or flower tea was given for chest colds, bronchitis, and asthma. Mullein has also been used to relieve inflammations; extracts of mullein show stron anti-inflammatory activity in laboratory tests. Oil from the flowers is also said to be good for earaches.
Though it doesn't usually come out to greet us until summer, Mullein makes a wonderful herbal ally and is often combined with Coltsfoot to make a potent respiratory expectorant and antitussive. As with most herbs, there's so much more to this plant than that. Here's a bit more info:

Botanical Name: Verbascum Thapsus
Parts used: Leaf, Flower, and Root
Magical Properties:
Zodiac: Libra, Gender: Female, Planet: Saturn, Element: Fire, Deities: Circe,
Basic Powers: Protection, courage, health
Used for: Lung and bronchial congestion, spasmodic cougs, sore, irritated throat, flowers for earaches, lymphatic congestion
Dose: Standard infusion of the leaves, 10 - 30 drops of tincture
Note: Mullein may be smoked for the treatment of lung and bronchial congestion and cougs. For the same purpose, a tea is made combined with coltsfoot, yerba santa, wild cherry bark, elecampane, etc.

For more general cold relief, we at Moonrise love our Cold Care tea blend which combines mullein with peppermint, coltsfoot, comfrey lf., nettle lf., elder flower, rosehips, orange peel, & cinnamon chips for delicious respiratory relief.
For earaches, you can make your own mullein flower oil by covering the flowers in an inch or so of olive oil for 2 weeks to a month. You can also add garlic cloves to strengthen the antibiotic effect of the infusion, and willow bark for pain. Strain out the plant material and Voila! You have a lovely remedy for earaches. Warm this with your hands and place a few drops in the affected ear with a wad of cotton at night.
The root can be made into a tea and used for lymphatic congestion, cramps and diarrhea.
*Sources: Encyclopedia of Herby by Andrew Chevallier, Way of Herbs by Michael Tierra and Magick Moon

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