Herbal Spotlight

Common Mullein, Verbascum Thapsus L

Common MulleinVerbascum Thapsus L is also called Great, Woolly or Flannel Mullein and is a common plant worldwide.  It likes dry waste places in the west and can be found growing along road sides, in burn areas, and where ever the earth has been disturbed a year or two ago.  Mullein is a biennial plant, meaning that the plant lives 2 years (longer in warmer southern weather).  The first year growth is a rosette of large fuzzy, flannel like leaves from 4 to 12 inches long.  The second year it grows small yellow flowers on a thick cob-like stalk.  The whole plant in flower can reach 3 to 5 feet.  Mullein is a very distinctive plant and is easily recognizable.
Mullein is a highly valued plant medicine.  All parts of the plant have a somewhat sedating and relaxing effect, helping to reduce inflammation and pain.   All parts can be used internally or externally to relieve lymphatic stagnation, especially where glands feel hard and impacted.  A poultice is made out of the leaves by dipping them in boiling water and placing them upon the afflicted area when cool enough, alone or with internal use of the infusion or tincture or the flowers or leaves.
The flowers are highly antiseptic and anti-viral, and seem to provide a sense of calm and peaceful well-being.  Brining a feeling mildly or even strongly relaxant; although it isn’t quite clear why it affects some people more strongly than others. The flower tincture used internally is used to treat swellings, and acts as a local anesthetic.  Particularly indicated where severe pain is causing a sense of darkness, depression or hopelessness.  An infused oil (or tincture) of Mullein flowers is perhaps one of the first remedies to think of in treating an ear infection, easing pain and speeding recovery time.   Combined with infused Garlic oil (which is antibacterial and antiviral),  there are few as effective and reliable for treating ear infections, problems arising for the accumulation or wax and treating ear mites in animals.  The flower oil also has an old reputation for restoring hearing, though this assertion refers to problems arising from the accumulation of wax, in which the oil helps to clear the obstruction.   The flowers infused in olive oil are also a very effective treatment for all known strains herpes simplex virus.
The leaves are best known for treating respiratory complaints; working best on dry, tight, wheezy, hacking coughs that tends to come and go, or are on the verge of becoming chronic.  Think of hard, cold and stagnant with dryness or constriction.  It’s not only soothing and expectorant, but helps prevent infections from settling in.  Mullein can be used alone or combine with members of the mallow family like marshmallow root, mallow or hollyhock for treatment of a variety respiratory problems.   Burn the leaves like incense and breath in the distributed smoke or smoke the leaf from a pipe or herbal cigarette for almost immediate relief of acute episodes of respiratory constriction and spasms.
The root seems better for treating chronic pain, especially in relation to old injuries, joint problems and arthritis, helping to relieve the kind pain that is bone deep sometimes accompanied by hard swellings.   Small doses of the root tincture (about 7 drops) or the root infusion seems to help restructure structural misalignments of broken bones, pain in the small bones of the hands and feet, slipped vertebrae and more.  It has a moistening, lubricating effect on the synovial membranes, hydrating to the spine and joints and relieving pain and inflammation.  A life saver that doesn’t work every time, just most of it, making it well worth a try.  Mullein root also has mild astringent properties which reduce inflammation in the mucosa of the bladder, strengthening its tone without irritation.  Mullein root can be used as a long term tonic for individuals with urinary incontinence, recurring bladder infections, interstitial cystitis, and benign prostatic hypertrophy.  Many Herbalists use Mullein to treat Bells Palsy, especially when associated with Lyme Disease, with great success.

Mullein Products Available

We’ve been gathering like crazy around here and various Mullein preparations are set up and will be ready in about 2 weeks.  Order now, quantities are limited!
Mullein Flower Tincture made with fresh wild-crafted mullein flowers in food grade alcohol.
1 oz dropper bottle for $12.00

Mullein Flower and Garlic extract made with fresh wild-crafted mullein leaf and garlic bulbs.
Put 2–5 drops in the ear as a treatment for ear infections, water in the ear, and deafness.
1 oz dropper bottle for $12.00

Mullein Flower and Garlic Ear Oil made with fresh wilted mullein flowers, Echinacea and garlic bulbs in olive oil.  A traditional, and effective, treatment for ear infections, place a few drops of warmed oil into the ear.  I prefer to apply the oil externally to the outside of the ear and neck in a downward motion along the lymph drainage, then the use the extract in the ear.
1 oz dropper bottle for $10.00

Mullein root extract – Fresh root in food grade alcohol.
1 oz dropper bottle for $10.00

Mullein Leaf extract – Mullein Leaves in 50% food grade alcohol.  Use a dropper full at a time for cough and lymph congestion.
1 oz dropper bottle for $10.00 for

Wild Crafted Mullein Leaf cut and sifted– for use as an infusion or to put into one of your own recipes.
4 oz for $10.00

Herbal Calendar

August 24, 2013
Custer Farmers Market
Saturday 9 am to 2:00 pm
Way Park
Custer, SD

September 7, 2013
County Farmers Market
Saturday 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
At Running’s in Pierre SD

September 13-15, 2013
Yoga Therapy Summit in the Black Hills
Rushmore Plaza Holiday Inn and Civic Center
Rapid City, South Dakota

September 21-22, 2013
Fall Equinox Holistic Fair
Days Inn
900 Miners Ave.  Lead, SD

Yoga Schedule

Wednesday’s in Pringle
At the community center at the fire station

9:30 – 10:30 am
A traditional Hatha Yoga Class that may use the primary tools of asana, pranayama, visualization, chanting and meditation to move toward a state of health, happiness and harmony.

Thursday’s in Hot Springs
Pine Hills Retirement Community
2711 U.S. 18  Hot Springs, SD

2:30 – 3:30 – Healing yoga
A gentle healing class especially suited for seniors or those suffering from physical issues, chronic illness and pain.  All are welcome.  Participants may be standing, sitting and lying down.

4:00 – 4:30 – Chair
Designed for the elderly and physically challenged, our focus in on creating a long smooth breath, increasing mobility and range of motion and pain management.  Everyone is welcome.

6:30 – 7:45 – Hatha yoga
A traditional Hatha Yoga Class that may use the primary tools of asana, pranayama, visualization, chanting and meditation to move toward a state of health, happiness and harmony.


August 24th – 25th

Pranayama: an Experiential Overview
With Jacqueline Morasco, E-RYT 500

Westminster College, EHWAC
17th S 13th E
Salt Lake City, UT 84105

The ancient sages taught that prana, the vital force circulating through us, can be cultivated and channeled through breathing exercises.   In the process, the mind is calmed, rejuvenated, and uplifted.  Pranayama serves as an important bridge between the outward, active practices of yoga—like asana—and the internal, surrendering practices that lead us into deeper states of meditation.  In this workshop you will experience how various techniques of pranayama affect the mind and body, and how to use these practices to improve physical, mental and spiritual health.

Cost: $232
$205 for Westminster Affiliates
Payment due at time of registration
CEUs available

Jacqueline Morasco
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September 7, 2013
Pierre, SD

Healing Yoga For Beginners

Everyone can practice yoga!  Yoga is about wellness, personal empowerment,  and healing. You don’t have to be strong, flexible or athletic.  During this 2 hour mini-workshop we will learn some basic postures with the emphasis on learning your own modifications based on personal need.  Including putting them together in a useful way for the each participant to experience what yoga is, why we do it, and how it is done.

All levels are welcome

$25.00 Suggested Donation
CEU’s are available for Yoga Teachers

Place  and time to be announced (probably afternoon)
For more information please call Annie at 605-673-2831 or e-mail annie@wondermentgardens.com