|This tiny vial's shape is ideal to prevent the flowers from floating at the surface.|
And surprisingly, it was not very difficult to drain and wash.
|The flowers must be macerated in vegetable oil|
for two weeks. We expose the mixture to
sunlight to help the flowers render
their medicinal components into the oil.
|The flower harvest is easy|
(pinch and pull method),
overall I needed about 20 to 30
minutes to fill my vial.
I had access to about 40 mullein
plants, all in the same field.
|Here's a two year old plant, |
the spike is starting to form.
The leaves and flowers are still used today in herbalism, to treat respiratory problems, skin infection, sore throat, etc. They have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Mullein isn't only soft for the ears... You can also use the
leaves as you would toilet paper if you find yourself in trouble
in the great outdoors.
They are thick and soft. Some wild bee species use the hair on the
leaves to make their nest. If you want to harvest the leaves for drying,
it's preferable to do it before the flowering period.