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Tuesday, February 21

Teaching Kids About Herbs : Mullein


February's herb is Mullein......whether it's a lingering sinus infection, ear infection, or just the nasty old drainage that hangs around after a cold...now's the time to get it out!

Mullein
Just the Facts
  • Plant Description : Mullein has broad, fuzzy, silvery-green leaves with tiny, yellow flowers.  It shoots up very tall when it flowers.
  • Parts to use : Leaves and flowers
  • Used primarily for : earache, dry cough, cold / flu, bronchitis, asthma, lungs
  • You can make : tea, oil, poultice, tincture, salve, syrup, ear drops, or gargle
  • Notes : Do not use if eardrum is ruptured.  Leaf hairs can be irritating to membranes; be sure to filter them out.

Projects
  • Cough Tea : Mix 1 tsp mullein leaves with 1 ½ cups hot water and let steep 3-5 minutes.  Drink ½ cup of tea three times daily.  (May also be used with colds, as research has shown mullein to have antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.)
  • Oil : Put herbs (dried herbs work better than fresh) into a glass jar and cover with oil.  Set into a cool, dark place and shake daily.  Leave 3-5 days before straining out leaves.  Store oil in a glass jar in a cool, dark place.
  • Ear drops : Put 4 drops mullein oil in the ear every 4 hours until earache is gone.  Lie with ear facing up for 5 minutes, to allow oil to get into ear.  Cover with a cotton ball before rising.

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