Great Mullein Seeds
is a very striking and unusual looking plant. You only need to have it pointed out to you once and you will always remember this tall, woolly plant with candle-like spikes of flowers. Mullein
can be found growing wild in old fields, roadsides, and various habitats throughout the United States. It does well in dry, sandy conditions, especially in alkaline soil, so it’s especially common near the seashore. Archeologists sometimes look for Indian sites where there’s lots of mullein, because the lime from the Indian shell piles increases soil alkalinity, encouraging this plant to proliferate
The many uses and unique appeal of Great Mullein
have caused it to be given many names, most of which either describe its fuzzy texture or its resemblance to a candle. The Romans called the herb verbascum
from the Latin barba, to mean "beard." Some historians believe that the common name is derived from the Latin mollis
to mean "soft." Still others contend that its name comes from the Latin word for "malady" or malandrium
suggesting its medicinal virtue.
The similarity the flower stalk bears to a candle was probably once seen to have a great practical purpose since the stalk was once dipped in tallow and set aflame as a torch. Hence the Anglo-Saxon name of haege
to mean "hedge taper." Such torches, known as "Latines Cadela Regia,"
were once used during rituals and carried in funeral processions.
In Europe and Asia the power of driving away evil spirits was ascribed to Mullein
. An old superstition existed that witches used lamps and candles that had mullein wicks, which gives the plant another of its names, “Hags Taper"
In India, Mulien
it has the reputation among the natives as a sure safeguard against evil spirits and magic, and from the ancient classics we learn that it was this plant which Ulysses took to protect himself against the wiles of Circe.
The flowers were valued by Roman women for the yellow dye they yield. They used an infusion of the flowers to dye their hair a golden color. Ancient scripts explain that the ashes of the plant made into a soap will "restore hair which has become gray to its original color". The fuzzy leaves were also known to be worn as stockings to provide extra warmth in cold months
is believed to have a plethora of uses ranging from its most common use as a cough suppressant for colds, emphysema, asthma, hay fever, and whooping cough to a remedy for bruises, insect bites, hemorrhoids and earache. A poultice was sometimes made from the leaves or flowers as a treatment for burns and boils. The leaves were once smoked as a remedy for asthma, bronchitis and other inflammatory disorders. Mullein
is also believed to hold anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties.
The whole plant is said to possess sedative and narcotic properties.
Silver Mullein Seeds
Dried Mullein Leaf