Mullein, Verbascum thapsus, can be found growing on hillsides, in ditches, pastures and roadsides. It is a bi-annual, meaning the first year it grows low to the ground, and in the second year it grows tall and flowers. Many call it the “Velvet Plant” for its velvety leaves.
Mullein is most commonly known as a lung remedy. During the Middle Ages, it was used to treat skin and lung diseases. Mullein was used in the Civil War to treat soldiers who had respiratory issues. The Menominees tribe smoked it to treat respiratory complaints.
Other uses for mullein include:
- supports healthy veins
- painful urination
I foraged this plant in central Minnesota.
NOTE: 1 oz bottles and a dropper
I use the folk method for making all my tinctures, which uses no measurements except sizing things up with your eyes. So I put the plant material in a jar and then fill with alcohol.
Tinctures are meant to be used as medicine in small amounts. Add 10-20 drops to your tea, juice, water or directly into your mouth when needed.
Dosages for children are not provided in most herbals. To determine the correct dose you need to consider the size of the child, the ailment, the power of the herb you intend to use, and the adult dosage.
Young’s Rule for determining dosage uses the child’s age divided by twelve plus the age. The dosage for a 4 year old:
4/12+4 = 4/16 = 1/4 of the adult dose.