Herb Spotlight: Mullein for Respiratory Health

The reason that I made a point to study Mullein this month is because I see it at every apothecary that I’ve been to but for some reason I have no idea what to do with it or why I would want to. When I came to find that they were beautiful little droplets of yellow I became extra excited. The distinctive plant grows a tiny yellow flower atop a large spoke leave. The leaves can be used as diapers, food wrappers, insoles for shoes and even toilet paper. When dried, the leaves become harsh to the touch which is why it’s referred to as Quaker rouge. Quaker girls would rub it on their cheeks to give them a nice blushed rouge with out any makeup. The plant is often found on the roadside and grows well in poor soil and weather circumstances.

Breakdown of Mullein

Scientific Name: Verbasum thapus [aka: Aaron’s Rod, Velvet Back, Quaker Rouge]HBC-AS09-mullein5-DC.jpg

Magickal Stats: Elementally Water, Ruled by Saturn and Pluto

Improves Function Of:  

  • Respiratory System
  • Urinary Tract
  • Lymphatic System

Aides in Relieving Symptoms Of:

  • Cystitis & burning urine
  • Dry throat, cough, hoarseness
  • Mumps and lymphatic swelling
  • Ear ache and nerve pain

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Protect from nightmares
  • Safety while traveling
  • Protect the home
  • Instilling courage

How Does It Work? There have been studies showing mullein to help with healing symptoms of herpes & influenza, which donates to both the anti-inflammation and antiseptic qualities of the plant. Other studies are lacking on the plant but since ancient times this herb has been used for both trivial and healing aspects of daily life. The astringent qualities help to relieve common and more troubling skin ailments through the use of a poultice. Being an herb of the sun, Mullein is known to promote confidence, courage and positivity while casting out the negative.

What Do I Do With It? Using mullein can be split into 3 categories. The leaves, oil in the flower and both together can be made into different healing decoctions and poultices. Oil that makes up the flower can aide with ear aches and infections. It will also help with nerve pain and skin issues like hemorrhoids, herpes and gout. Creating a tea or decoction will relieve symptoms of lymphatic and respiratory issues. Lastly, creating poultices from the herb will help with cramps, back aches, mumps, swollen glands and bronchitis. Amulets made with the herb can promote protection and courage throughout daily life. An amulet made with Mullein can also help to protect from nightmares and those who may visit in one’s sleep. Put the herb above the door to your home to protect the space from all negative energy.

As always, please ask your doctor before using this herb if you are on any other medications, pregnant or breastfeeding.

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4 thoughts on “Herb Spotlight: Mullein for Respiratory Health

  1. Justine Wheeler

    This is so cool! Very interesting. I did not know that about this herb. Thank you for researching and sharing! xoxo

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