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Coughs, earaches, and sore throats are no match for mullein, which offers both analgesic and antibacterial properties. A fresh poultice made with ground or mashed mullein leaves makes a good first aid treatment for minor wounds, burns, and insect bites.
Parts Used: Leaves and flowers
Precautions: Mullein is generally considered safe. Wildcraft only in areas where you’re certain that the soil is free from herbicides, pesticides, and other chemicals.
Identifying/Growing: With its tall central spike covered in bright yellow flowers, mullein is easy to spot from a distance. These stately plants grow to an average height of 3 to 4 feet, and are common throughout Europe, North America, and the Mediterranean region. If you want to grow your own safe supply of mullein, you’ll find it simple. Collect seeds from plants after the flowers fade. Pat the seeds onto the soil but don’t cover them, as they need light to germinate. Water them and transplant them after the first leaves appear. You can start harvesting leaves the first year, and in the second year, the flowering spike will appear. Collect the flowers, leaves, and buds from mature 2-year-old plants, and leave some plants to reseed the following year.