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Mullein Leaf (organic)

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Botanical Name: Verbascum thapsus

Plant Family: Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)

Botanical Description:
Verbascum thapsus, commonly known as mullein, is a biennial herbaceous plant native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa, but it has also naturalized in other parts of the world, including North America. It belongs to the Scrophulariaceae family and is characterized by its tall, erect stem that can reach heights of up to 2 meters. Mullein leaves are large, soft, and densely covered in fine hairs, giving them a velvety texture. The leaves are arranged in a basal rosette during the first year of growth and along the stem in the second year. Mullein produces tall spikes of yellow flowers, which bloom from late spring to early summer. The flowers are densely clustered and have a distinctive appearance, with five petals fused into a tubular shape. Mullein is often found growing in disturbed areas, such as roadsides, fields, and waste areas.

Introduction:
Mullein has a long history of use in traditional herbal medicine, dating back thousands of years. It has been valued by various cultures around the world for its theraputic properties. Mullein was historically known as a popular remedy for respiratory ailments and was used in traditional herbal smoking blends.

Preparations:
Tea: Prepare mullein leaf tea by steeping dried mullein leaves in hot water for 10-15 minutes. Strain the infusion and drink it. Mullein tea may be consumed warm or chilled and sweetened with honey if desired.
Oil: Prepare mullein oil by infusing mullein flowers in a carrier oil (such as olive oil or almond oil) for several weeks. Strain the oil and store it in a dark glass bottle. Mullein oil can be applied topically to the skin.
Tincture: Prepare a mullein tincture by macerating fresh or dried mullein leaves and flowers in alcohol (such as vodka or brandy) for several weeks. Strain the tincture and store it in a dark glass bottle. Take the tincture orally by diluting it in water or juice according to the dosage instructions provided on the product label or by a qualified herbalist.

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