Mullein – (Verbascum Thapsus)

Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus)
Also Known as the Candlewick Plant

Mullein has been used medicinally since ancient times, and its use and popularity only seem to be increasing as time goes on. The leaves, flowers and roots of the mullein plant are used for the treatment of various inflammatory diseases, diarrhea, asthma, coughs and other lung-related ailments. It loosens and removes mucous from the lungs while soothing the mucous membranes; cleansing the lymph system.  It is considered to be beneficial to the upper-respiratory system and also used to treat bronchitis, flu, tonsillitis, laryngitis, and even as a tuberculosis treatment. Both the leaves and the flowers contain saponins, which are natural detergents. These naturally occurring compounds make a cough more productive by releasing and expelling trapped phlegm.

Topically the herb is used for bruising, swelling, plus for treating insect bites and stings.

It’s been documented that mullein is the third highest-ranking herb based on nutrient richness. High amounts of Calcium, Chromium, Cobalt, Magnesium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Sodium, Vitamins C and A, and Silicon are found in mullein. History demonstrates that this fact, although unknown at the time, gave mullein the distinction of being one of the herbs which served to bridge the gap between old world and new world healing traditions. It’s was very safe but also extremely useful and no old world healer worth their salt would be caught without it. It’s benefits were easily seen by naysayers and it quickly gained notoriety with the indigenous people’s of North America when transplanted from Europe.

Mullein is associated with the planet Saturn and is used in magick for protection and spiritual work.

It is believed to be useful for expelling demons and purifying one’s personal space when burned.

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