Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Mullein


I adore mullein! Do you? I love her shape, her flowers and her very lovely flowers. I sure got funny looks with many cars slowing down to see what I was doing the year I went to the old railroad tracks here in town and started digging up several mullein plants to transplant to my yard:) I have since had her happily seed in several spots and have had the chance to work with her for respiratory complaints and found her so very helpful. Kiva Rose has wrote just a beautiful article about mullein and has explained just how wonderful she is for many other complaints from arthritis, to incontinence. Please enjoy this beautiful article!

16 comments:

janet said...

Lovely photo! Thanks for the link, lots of good info. there, I had never heard of mullein before let alone know what to do with it.

comfrey cottages said...

i bet she is growing near you janet:)

Vegan Epicurean said...

What a beautiful flower! I don't reclass seeing this flower growing near me .... but I hadn't been looking for it either. Additionally, the link you posted was fascinating. Thanks for sharing the information.

comfrey cottages said...

you are welcome alicia:) most of the plants i work with are so multifaceted! beautiful medicinal properties, beautiful forms, leaves and flowers and great pollinator attractors too:) i have a fondness for yellow myself:)

*Ulrike* said...

Wonderful article. Not too long ago my grandmother pointed out the mullein plant. I think that they also used to use the leaves as bandages a long time ago. I believe that is what she had told me. Everything is here for a purpose, it just depends on who wants to listen.
Take Care!
Ulrike

Julia said...

In the west I always look at mullein as a weed but I knew it had other beneficial uses. Your picture is quite detailed and good too!

Laura of Wildenblue Farm said...

Hi Leslie... I'm finally catching up on things! Thanks for the article on mullien. I try not to curse her when she seeds herself in my perennial beds, as I know she is a useful, albeit prolific, herb. I used to use mullien oil in my children's ears when they were little for ear infections. I believe it was made by packing mullien flowers into a glass bottle and covering with warm olive oil, and steeping this for several weeks in a sunny window. This info should be verified by someone more competent than I!

comfrey cottages said...

ulrike, you are so right. if we listen, we will hear the plants talk to us as well as our ancestors who lived closer to the earth than we usually do.
i understand where you are coming from julia. i too grew up with the conception that mullein was a "weed". i am glad to find out that i was blinded by others prejudices and that mullein is not only gorgeous of form, beautiful of flower, but also can benefit me and my family:) i am quite addicted to just petting her leaves myself!lol
laura, you are right on with your mullein flower oil! trust your own instincts and past history with plants laura. they are still calling you:)
love you all:)

lemonverbenalady said...

Thank God you are writing about mullein, Leslie! I should have been writing more about this interesting herb! Thanks for saving my sorry butt!

comfrey cottages said...

oh nancy why are you so hard on yourself? you write lovely things! silly goose! xoxox

lemonverbenalady said...

I'm just not as interested in the medicinal side as you are. When I can't get off the floor maybe my interest will be turn! LOL! Glad you keep me covered!

lemonverbenalady said...

I can't write in English any more! I think I meant will turn at the end of that one sentence! You should be able to edit your comments once you actually read them! LOL!

comfrey cottages said...

lol! hey, the plants all lead us in different directions. i love all your recipes, growing tips, visits to other gardens and things:) i don't know why, but i just got called pretty hard to study their medicinal uses. i hope you never fall down nancy:) and i can usually understand you;-)

AarTiana said...

Hurray for Mullein! I saw Kiva's excellent post too - Dr. Christopher always used 3/4 mullein to 1/4 Lobelia for ANY glandular problem, and it always helped - a great balancer!

comfrey cottages said...

thanks lisa! i have made a note of that:)

Hanneke said...

Love your blog, made some mullein oil today for ear aches, I will be back soon to read some more.