I literally have Mullein growing like crazy on my Nature Walk side of the property. The mostly wild and uncultivated and rocky area between the barn and the neighbor’s property, full of raspberry tendrils, and tall grasses, and Garlic Mustard. I love that side of the property!
I’m very happy to see it though, it is a very useful herb for many conditions from removing heat in urinary conditions, an expectorant, sedative, to smoking mullein leaves for soothing inflamed lungs, reducing coughing and helping to reduce inflammation. It promotes productive coughing.
Mullein is a fuzzy leafed (Bi-annual) plant that every two years will sprout a giant stalk with golden/yellow flowers – which I haven’t seen yet but I’m waiting!
Dry mullein leaves flat. They can be crumbled for tea – I highly recommend placing this herb in the heat seal tea bags so that the little fuzzies don’t irritate the throat, or strain using a coffee filter. They can also be dried and smoked to ease respiratory conditions (I know it sounds counter-intuitive but it does work). Mullein can be tinctured just be sure to filter it carefully to remove the hairs.
Because it is nervine and can help soothe nerves, I’ve added it to my own blend of pain tea. So I’m very grateful to see nature’s pharmacopeia in my own yard!
Mullein & Honey Cough Medicine (From WolfCollege.com)
Ingredients for Mullein & Honey Cough Syrup:
- Mullein leaves and flowers **Note: because Mullein loves to live in disturbed areas, we have to be careful to check for pollution or other contaminants before harvesting
- Elderflowers from blue Elderberry, de-stemmed and rinsed
- Organic honey
First, make sure that the plant materials are clean and dry. The Elderflowers should be de-stemmed.
Next, we need to make a hot infusion. In a medium pot, bring water to a boil and steep the Mullein flowers, Elderberry flowers, and the Mullein leaves for 10 minutes.
Alternatively, you can make a cold infusion: 1 oz of leaves and flowers in 1 quart of water for 4 hours.
When ready, strain the infusion through a strainer bag, and place the infusion back on the stove.
On a low simmer, stir in honey until dissolved. The affected person can also stand over the infusion and breathe in the steam for help with congestion and a croupy cough.
Let cool before consuming. Don’t forget to label with the name, date, and ingredients! Store in the fridge.
Dosage: take like a ‘regular’ cough syrup – 1 teaspoon every 3 or 4 hours
Holy Basil – or Tulsi – is a wonderful herb to help relieve nervous tension. That and chamomile are always in my apothecary!
Tulsi can also help ailments such as asthma, flu, coughs, and colds but it also is very beneficial for lowering stress and even minor gastrointestinal issues. Its often referred to as the Queen of Herbs because of its many uses.
Today, I’m using it in my new Tuslimint Tea.
2 tsp Tulsi, dried
1 tsp chamomile, dried
1/2 tsp mint, dried
2 whole dried rosehips
1/2 tsp rose petals, dried
1 tsp lemon balm, dried
1/2 lemon peel, dried
1/2 tsp lavender flowers, dried
Either put into a tea infuser or just in the mug and pour 8-10 ounces of just boiled water. Let steep 15 to 20 minutes covered. Strain if necessary and sweeten with honey, sugar or stevia. You can heat it back up if desired.
First, let me say to all those of you who bought up all the available hand sanitizer – SHAME ON YOU! You are despicable human beings. You should immediately donate all your hoard to those who are most in need. Seriously!
Ok, so that’s out of my system (mostly). We all know that nothing beats proper handwashing with good ol’ soap and water, but hand sanitizer is good in a pinch. The CDC recommends hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. The recipe below was shared by PennHerb.com and Lisa Taormino. My only change was to add Thieves Oil instead of the other oils, but if you don’t have Thieves, use the below. The key is using alcohol that is at least 60% or higher. When I made this I was pleasantly surprised by the consistency and the ease of putting it all together. And I used a small squeeze bottle (much like a travel-size Purell bottle) instead of a spray bottle.
Make Your Own Hand Sanitizer
Lisa Taormino RN, BSN, ASN, BS
If you’re running into empty shelves when you go shopping for hand sanitizers, don’t panic, just make your own. When you know you won’t be able to access soap and water, whip up a batch ahead of time to spray hands and surfaces.
What you will need: Bowl, spoon, spray bottle container.
- 2/3 cup 60-99% rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)
- 1/3 cup aloe vera gel
- 8 to 10 drops essential oil (optional)
Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary, and Tea tree are great options.
Nothing could be easier! Simply mix the ingredients together and then pour them into the bottle. Screw the lid onto the bottle and you’re ready to go!
Remember, washing your hands with soap and water is best, but this is great for while you’re away from running water.
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