Hanging with my ancestral plant ally, Greek mullein (Verbascum olympicum), Native to Southern Greece and the Olympus Mountains in Turkey.
This is its second year and sadly will die after this season. In the first year, Greek Mullein begins as a rosette of large, pointed, slightly fuzzy leaves, and in the second rises up to an impressive height and flowers galore! These lovely yellow flowers attract many pollinators, including bees and butterflies. Greek mullein has several stalks of flowers as opposed to one single stalk of the Common mullein (Verbascum thapsus) and resembles a large candelabra.
Medicinally Greek mullein and Common mullein are used interchangeably.
Herbal actions: expectorant, demulcent, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, vulnerary, emollient, astringent, & mild diuretic & sedative.
This statuesque beauty can aid us in so many ways with all of its parts.
The flowers can be infused with oil and used to treat ear infections.
The leaves can be smoked, tinctured, or taken as a tea for respiratory issues.
The root is harvested in the first fall or early second summer, and can also be used for respiratory tract and can treat back pain & urinary incontinence.
Mullein can treat cough, cold, flu, bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, earaches&infection, toothache, fever, allergies, tonsillitis, sore throat, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, colic, bruises&wounds, gastrointestinal bleeding, urinary issues, migraines, joint pain, back pain, and gout.