Mullein has a long history of herbal use especially for coughs and colds and respiratory congestion. It is a biennial, producing flower and seed its second year, then dying. It grows where it is not shaded or disturbed by cultivation. The plant has fuzzy silvery leaves and sends up a long flower stalk its second year, up to 6 feet. You may have seen this plant on a drive in the country. It would look like a long stalk with bright yellow flowers. Mullein is antiviral, anti-fungal, and anti-tumor. It has another name, too. Candlestick plant. The long fuzzy stalk is dried and can be lit and burned like a torch. We have a recipe below for a cough and sore throat tea that uses mullein.
Cough & Sore Throat Tea: This tea combines herbs that can stop the tickle of a sore throat & heal inflamed tissue. This tea works, too & is pleasant tasting. I like to prepare it as a cough syrup & store it in my freezer so it’s ready if I need it. For the syrup, you make a strong tea (triple strength) & combine with honey. The honey keeps the syrup from freezing solid & oh, is that cooling throat syrup soothing. The numbers in front of each herb show the amount, by volume, to use. If you were using teaspoons as your volume, for example, you would start with 4 tsp. wild cherry bark, 2 tsp.hibiscus flower–and so on. To brew, use a heaping tsp. of herbs to a cup of boiling water. Let steep 5 minutes.
4) Wild cherry bark
2) Hibiscus flowers
2) Mullein flower or leaf (use 2 teabags)
2) Black tea. Use 2 teabags
1) Sage leaf – Spice section of your local grocery store