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Mullein/Aarons' Rod - Dried Herb

Mullein/Aarons' Rod - Dried Herb Image

Verbascum thapsus
Alternate Names: Velvet Dock, Witch's Candle, Hags Taper, Jupiter's Staff, Our Lady's Flannel, Beggar's Blanket, Candlewick, Girl Scouts Toilet Paper, Lungwort
Parts Used: Leaves
Properties: Anodyne, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Demulcent, Diuretic, Emollient, Expectorant, Mucilaginous, Nervine, Sedative, Vulnerary, Yin Tonic.
Internal Uses: Asthma, Bronchitis, Catarrh, Chest Colds, Cough, Diarrhea, Dysentery, Eczema, Hay Fever, Incontinence, Insomnia, Laryngitis, Mumps, Pain, Sinusitis, Sore Throat, Swollen Glands, Tonsillitis, Tuberculosis, Whooping Cough
Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules, Syrup.

Different parts of the plants have different properties. Leaves are an anodyne, antibacterial, antispasmodic, astringent, demulcent, diuretic, expectorant, mucilaginous, sedative, vulnerary, and yin tonic. Flowers are an antispasmodic, demulcent, emollient, mucilaginous, nervine, sedative.

In general, Mullein reduces inflammation of the trachea and soothes irritated tissues.

Topical Uses: Asthma, Bronchitis, Bruises, Catarrh, Ear Infection, Frostbite, Hemorrhoids, Rheumatism, Ringworm
Topical Applications: Flowers are made into an oil with Garlic and then used topically to treat ear infection. Flowers are also made into an oil for the treatment of frostbite, ringworm, hemorrhoids and bruises. Leaves have been smoked to treat asthma and bronchitis. Compress for hemorrhoids. Bath for rheumatic joints. Burned as a smudge to treat catarrh. Used as a smoke for asthma.
Energetics: Sweet, Bitter, Cool, Moist.
Chemical Constituents: Resin, saponins, glycoside (aucubin), flavonoids (hesperidin, verbascoside), choline, magnesium, saponins, mucilage, tannins, carotene.

Contraindications: Generally regarded as safe. Be sure to strain the tea through a very fine strainer to avoid the irritating hairs from the Mullein leaves. Avoid consuming the seeds, as they contain rotenone.

The leaves of Mullein are fed to animals that cough.
The tall stalks were once dipped in tallow and lit as torches.
The leaves, though somewhat irritating, were worn in the shoes to improve circulation to the feet and to buffer thinning soles.
The soft Mullein leaves have long been used by children as doll blankets.