LEARNING

Learning At The Potter's Wheel is a collection of articles on home, family, marriage, parenting, natural medicine and herbs. . . along with a few other items of interest. Have fun sorting through my junk drawer of assorted thoughts and ramblings.

AT THE POTTER'S WHEEL

The Potter has persisted in giving me treasures I don't always understand or appreciate. Patiently, He is teaching me to trust that all I really need to know is that I am in HIS hands. . .

MULLEIN

ALSO KNOWN AS:
verbascum
thapsus

PARTS USED
Leaves, flowers, root,

PHYTOCHEMICALS & NUTRIENTS
Beta-carotene, beta-sitosterol, calcium, coumarin, hesperidin, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, saponins, selenium, sulphur, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and C, zinc.

PROPERTIES & USES
Mullein has an overall gentle nature that makes it a favorite among herbalists for use with children's treatments. A nutritive (high in nutrient content), Mullein is a good choice for depleted or fragile systems. This herb supports nervous system function (a known nervine). In combinations, Mullein works well Chammomile, Catnip, and Lemon Balm.

This herb can be a mild sleep aid, but I find that this is most likely due to its ability to sooth and ease pain while calming nervous tension rather than any strong narcotic properties. Depending on the individual, Mullein may not impair daytime function.

In general, Mullein is a good application for skin irritations as it promotes wound healing (vulnerary), checks bleeding (hemostatic), and acts as an astringent (contracts tissues and dries secretions). As an anti-septic, Mullein helps prevent or counteract decay or the formation of pus. All of these properties (along with its ability to ease pain) contribute to Mullein oil’s effectiveness as a treatment for earaches.

Mullein has been reported to aid in wart removal when taken internally. I believe that this is likely due to its germicidal action as it destroys germs and/or micro-organisms. These features, combined with its vermicidal action (meaning, it kills parasitic worms) and its laxative action make it a good choice when treating for parasites.

Mullein is a diuretic, eliminating excess fluid. At the same time, it soothes inflamed tissue with its demulcent (soothing mucilaginous substance) and emollient (softening and smoothing) actions. This makes it useful in kidney formulas.

In my opinion, the assistance that Mullein offers in eliminating waste via means of the colon and kidneys make Mullein a good choice for those trying to eliminate toxins from their system.

Among mothers, Mullein is a favorite to keep on hand during cold and flu season. It helps clear congestion, by loosening and expelling excess mucous from air passages. It is useful in the treatment of respiratory problems, including asthma. Mullein helps in the reduction of swelling in the glandular system, making it helpful in the treatment of bronchitis, earache, and some allergic reactions. These properties combined with Muellin’s ability to calm spasms and ease pain make it valuable in the treatment of sinusitis and related symptoms. Mullein is known as a pectoral because it helps to heal the broncho-pulmonary area.

The beneficial properties of Mullein lend themselves to help restore normal body functions and classify this herb as an alterative.

CAUTIONS & CONSIDERATIONS
As with all herbs, avoid use of plants that have been exposed to toxic chemicals or have not been certified 'chemical free.'

Disclaimer: None of this is to be considered a substitute for medical examination and/or treatment. Use what you will, but do so knowing that you must consider your own circumstance and the application of these things with sound judgment.




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