Mullein July 2014

Two 8 Foot Mullein Plants

Mullein is part of the snapdragon family. Most species are tall, stout biennials with large leaves and flowers in long terminal spikes. Also called bunny’s ears, hare's-beard, Lamb's ear, hag taper, bullock's lungwort, cowboy toilet paper, hig candlewick, Indian rag weed, Adams-rod, Jacob's staff, woolly mullein, velvet mullein, blanket mullein, beggar's blanket, Moses' blanket, poor or old man's blanket, ice-leaf, Our Lady's blanket,feltwort,and flannelleaf. Using mullein stalks as torches dates back at least to Roman times. Some people believed wearing the leaves would ensure conception, but others placed a leaf in a shoe or sock to prevent it. Others filled their shoes in winter with the fuzzy leaves for added insulation. Indians rubbed it on their armpits to treat “prickly rash” Others used it to treat bruises, tumors, rheumatic pains, earaches and hemorrhoids. Teas have been widely used to treat coughs, chest colds, bronchitis, asthma & respiratory problems. The leaves make a slightly bitter, aromatic beverage tea; flower tea is sweeter. Cosmetic preparations were made to soften the skin and a practice of reddening the cheeks by rubbing them with a mullein leaf. A yellow dye extracted from the flowers has been used since Roman times as a hair rinse as well as to dye cloth.

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Awood says ... on Wednesday, Jul 23 at 10:04 AM

Thanks for the lesson! I went to Fort Delaware long ago and there I learned about it's use for dying purposes, I love learning about the usefulness of plants. It's one of my hobbies! I enjoyed your write-up on this!!:-)

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