My friend has a cold that has lingered a little long. Her cold began as an allergy to pollen, and the spring season, as her immune system weakened, a cold eventually settled in her chest with a deep cough. I thought we would go together to pick some Mullein, instead of just getting it for her. Alas we found Mullein. She remarked at the big furry leaves. As she was busy looking at the leaves, I was busy looking at the small snake coiled right next to it. I thought this is a good sign, good medicine for her. She did not see the snake at first it blended in so well and couldn’t believe I did.
We walked further to see if there was more mullein. When we came back the snake was gone. According to Ted Andrews, in short, Snake medicine is symbolic of change, transition and healing. So in continuity of this thinking, I took this as a sign that this mullein tea would be of real benefit to her. I also picked some violet leaves, mint, and Comfrey to add to this. I had her chop it up and we made a 24 hour herbal infusion, a nice strong brew for her to drink over the next couple of days. It is good to make your own medicine and be a participant in your healing.
I often see the deer munching on the leaves of mullein as I am sure it is food and medicine to them. It is good for respiratory infections, bronchial infections, coughs and asthma. It has astringent, demulcent, and expectorant properties. It can be soothing to the throat and sinuses as well and help decrease inflammation.
Mullein flower makes great ear infection oil.
The leaves can be used as a poultice to help decrease inflammation and contains anti- bacterial properties.
The huge leaves need to be washed well to remove any pollen or potential allergens.
Dip them in boiled water to get them limp and warm, place on a thin cloth over the chest as a poultice. Cover the herb with another cloth to insulate further to keep it as hot or warm as is tolerable to the skin. Cover this with a towel to keep insulated. This is like natures heating pad. Leave the poultice on for as long as is comfortable to soothe the lungs and chest and decrease inflammation and break up the congestion experienced. Whenever wildcrafting, be sure to pick plants in a pesticide free zone.