|Welcome to the wild, and wonderful|
world that is my "herb" garden!
Zinnias and Black-eyed Susan line the
Sister Belle watches over farm
life from the shade of the Oak tree.
This week we are actually going to spend some time foraging in the garden. The mullein plants have been in full bloom for about 2 weeks. So, let's learn a little about Mullein and make some Mullein infused oil.
also known as Velvet plant
"The flowers and leaves are anodyne (relieves or soothes pain by lessening the sensitivity of the nervous system), antiseptic (agent used to remove pathogenic microorganisms and to remove pus, blood, etc.), astringent (agent that constricts and binds by coagulation of proteins a cell surface), demulcent (soothing action on inflammation, especially mucous membranes), emollient (softens and soothes the skin), expectorant (facilitates removal of secretions) and vulenary (used to heal wounds). An infusion is used internally in the treatment of various respiratory complaints including coughs, bronchitis, asthma and throat irritations. An infusion of the fresh or dried flowers in olive oil is used to treat earaches, sores, wounds, boils, etc. The plant is harvested when in flower and should be dried quickly and with care or it will lose its medicinal qualities." http://www.naturalmedicinalherbs.net
If you make yourself a tea from the fresh mullein leaves, I would suggest straining it through a coffee filter (organic, of course) because the hairs on the leaves can be irritating.
|Circe and Ulysses|
The hogs are Ulysses' men that
she "reportedly" turned into hogs.
Mullein Flower Ear Oil
"Mullein flower ear oil, made with fresh live mullein flowers and unopened floral buds, is very effective for painful symptom relief from earaches caused by inspissated (thick or dense) earwax, especially in young children whose cerumen (ear wax)production and secretion is still being perfected. Very warm (105 degree F) mullein oil is droppered into the outer ear canal. (ummm, I would not put "droppersful" in a child's ear....start with 5-10 drops every hour and for a child, I would prefer the oil to be a little cooler, say 98 degrees F) Garlic oil is sometimes added to the mullein
|Jar filled with Mullein|
flowers and buds.
earache oil. A subsequent puddle of yellow to dark orange cerumen on the morning pillow is diagnostic for the mechanical problem of wax-impacted ear canals and a great teaching opportunity for the attending parents. Occasionally little or no ear wax is out flooded indicating more serious ear problems, even though the warm mullein or mullein/garlic oil has reduced the pain." Ryan Drum, Herbmentor.com
Triple-oleated Mullein Flower Oil
Recipe from Kahlee Keane - Root Woman
This is an excellent oil....if you are going to make it the old-fashion solar power way, well, it is going to take several weeks. If you need it, like, yesterday....put oil and flowers in top of a double boiler and cook for 45 minutes (gently simmer the water in boiler). Make sure you COOL the oil. If you have the mullein
|Mullein Flowers and buds read for|
chopping. I waited a few minutes to let all the
bugs escape. I chop the herbs to a fine consistency
then put in a clean jar. And yes, that is a cheese
flowers and the time, go ahead and do the process 2 more times....if not the first time should work. Also, feel free to add some garlic cloves to the oil. Garlic is antiseptic and a whole lot of other herbal medicinal properties, but we will talk about that another time.
- Collect a cupful of the fresh flowers, after the morning dew has evaporated and before the heat of the day. (If you live in the South, that will be after the steam has evaporated and just before you faint from the heat!)
- Put in a clean glass jar and cover with olive oil.
- Place jar in a sunny window or outside in the sun for 10-14 days, shaking often. (or use the heat method described above, please note that I only use the heat method if I need my oil NOW, otherwise I use the old-fashioned solar method.)
- After this time period, press and strain the oil.
- Repeat the procedure 2 more times using the same oil to cover more freshly picked flowers (add a little more oil if needed).
- After your final infusion, strain, cork and store the medicine in a cool dark place ready for use. (LABEL! Always LABEL!)
If you take care of children, pets or the elderly, I highly recommend you make yourself some of this oil or keep it handy. It is not something you can run down to Walmart and buy. Let me know and I will make you some Triple-oleate Mullein Oil.
Her cheeks look a little irritated!
I think she used mullein leaf
to get that rosy glow!
Okay, enough for today. There is a lot more information on Mullein than I can cover in the post today! The Mullein is from Europe and Asia and has naturalized itself to the United States. It is considered a Texas Wildflower but not a native. "It is said the Romans dipped its dried flower stalks in animal tallow to use as torches. Victorian women rubbed the leaves on their cheeks, slightly irritating their skin, to add a dash of blush. Early settlers and American Indians placed the soft woolly leaves in footwear for warmth and comfort" Wildflowers of Texas Field Guide by Bowers and Tekiela
Okay, okay, I will stop now!
StarDragonfly Herb Company
"The little herb shop on Elm street"
The Winnsboro Farmer's Market will be having an Ice Cream Social and Homemade Ice Cream Making Contest....June 16th....for details please call.....903-629-3332. I will have more info about this COOL event next week! Dust off your granny's ice cream recipe and get out that old ice cream maker! And make some ice cream! Oh, and if you need a taste tester....pick me! pick me!
So, until later...have a lovely day, stop by the store and visit, I will put on the kettle and we will have a cup of herbal tea and a chat! Herbally yours, Susan
Flowers have an expression of countenance as much as men and animals. Some seem to smile; some have a sad expression; some are pensive and diffident; others again are plain, honest and upright, like the broad-faced sunflower and the holly hock.
Henry Ward Beecher