From Todd Walker at Bio Prepper has a short article up on survival uses for common mullein, including instructions for making an oil infusion – 27 Survival Uses for Common Mullein Besides Cowboy Toilet Paper.
Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) is easy to identify making it a safe gateway herb to wildcrafting and medicinal plants. The leafs, stalk, and root are safe for medicinal purposes.
First year plants grow as a rosette with large, wooly, hairy, velvety leaves. The silver-green foliage gives the plant an artificial waxed appearance. They grow in well-drained disturbed soil by roadways, abandoned fields, waste places, and even gravel, rocky soil in full sun.
Second year growth can reach heights over ten feet.
You may know this European weed transplant by other common names such as flannel flower, Quaker’s rouge, bunny’s ear, candle wick, great mullein, torchwort, miner’s candle, poor man’s blanket, hag’s taper, ice leaf, or Cowboy Toilet Paper. Whatever name you use, mullein has been a valuable mulituse tool for self-reliance for thousands of years.
Properties of Mullein
Understanding the properties of herbs allows you to get the most out of your herbal medicine chest. Here’s the plant’s medicinal profile:
- Analgesic – pain relief
- Anticatarrhal – reduces inflammation of the mucous membranes (lungs, sinus, etc.)
- Antispasmodic – suppresses involuntary muscle spasms
- Antitussive – relieve or prevent coughs
- Astringent – contraction of body tissue, typically on skin
- Demulcent – forms a soothing film over mucous membranes
- Diuretic – increases urine production
- Expectorant – aid in the clearance of mucus from the airways, lungs, bronchi, and trachea
- Mucilant – coat and protect mucous membranes
- Vulnerary – promotes healing of wounds, cuts, and abrasions
For more information on medicinal properties of herbs, check out Bk2natuR’s Herbal Dictionary and other natural goodness…