Simple Ramblings From A Prim Cottage

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Swap Reminder and Mullein Information

Today is the last day to sign up for the Bee Happy Swap.Click on link on side bar for rules and sign up info.If I received your info I would have confirmed.So if you didn't hear from me make sure I get your info...Yesterday so many of you commented or emailed asking about Mullein in this photo...
Mullein is in the herb family.It also grows as a weed/wild flower in pastures and along the road.The variety I have I think is called Moth Mullein which is a variety that grows the soft delicate branching flowers instead of the big thick single cone that most people see growing on their country drive..You can get this at most greenhouses in the herb section.Just get one plant as they will self seed and spread or start from seed.They are very unfussy but do not like to be watered alot they prefer it a little dry.
Medicinal herbal uses~ Mullein is used for relieving congestion while breathing. It is very effective in reducing the severity of asthma and bronchitis. It acts by inducing the bronchioles to relax, helping the person breathe better. It is used for treating flu like symptoms like dry cough and sore throats. It also helps to clear the respiratory tract by decreasing the production of mucus. Mullein is very popular among herbalists. Apart from treating respiratory related disorders, it is also used in treating numerous non-respiratory related illnesses. Its versatility and easy availability has made it a very special plant in the field of medicine. Mullein is very effective in relieving stomach cramps. It helps the muscles to relax and is therefore a very effective antispasmodic drug. It can also cure gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea. It can alleviate hemorrhoid pain. Mullein flowers are used extensively for treating earaches. They also act as anti-inflammatory drugs and help in relieving the pain and discomfort associated with swollen glands. Mullein has healing and soothing properties. It softens the skin making it look and feel supple. It also acts as a skin-protecting agent. It prevents the deterioration of wound and protects the scrapped skin from contracting further infections.
Versatile, fuzzy mullein is a gardener’s friend, an herbalist’s delight and an engineering marvel all on its own. A member of the snapdragon family, mullein has flowers that are flat and open, unlike the irregular “dragon faces” of snapdragons. Several mullein species with more attractive leaves or flowers are prized garden ornamentals. These include the moth mullein (V. blattaria), with light pink to white flowers; Read more:
http://www.herbcompanion.com/herb-profiles/herb-to-know-mullein-verbascum-thapsus.aspx#ixzz1t306Flh9    Hope this helps.Well another busy day ahead.Hope you all are having a great week.Warm Blessings!~Amy


Trace4J said...

That is a awesome plant/herb.
I need to find some of that.
Thanks for sharing so much info.
Have a great day friend


Jacqueline said...

I am going to look for this one. Thanks for the info.

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

Good morning Amy...what an interesting post and the flower is really beautiful. Had no idea it was so useful. Thanks for sharing.


Vicky said...

EVERYONE needs that kind of plant around! Thanks for all of the info. I'd never heard of it before and it is quite lovely.

Cherry's Prairie Primitives said...

I'm getting some for my garden and I know the perfect spot for it!! Thanks so much for showing it and telling all about it!!

Kendra said...

How do you suggest using it for asthma, in a tea or maybe a rub? The boys both have asthma and this might be an alternative to the steroids (I hate them!).


Marti said...

I wonder if it would grow in Phoenix. It sounds like something I would love to have in my garden.

alltheseboys said...

Thinking..and wishing..I had some Mullein growing in my garden..as it might help me feel a tad bit better today!

dee begg said...


Very pretty weed/herb. I'll have to look for it at the garden center next time I go.


Raymond Homestead said...

Interesting plant, very pretty too!

Theresa said...

Wow!!! What a great little flower and herb...I think I need to grow some of this in our yard. :0)

TheCrankyCrow said...

Thanks so much for the follow-up, Amy. No wonder I like it so much...Snapdragons are one of my favorites! I hope it grows - and is available - in these parts....I'd love to grow some! Thanks for sharing! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin