Make your own Mullein Ear Oil

mullein, verbascum thapus

mullein, verbascum thapsus

I took great care to bring one mullein plant with me when we moved to our homestead.  Even thought Mullein,Verbascum thapsus, is a wild

herb that grows here and there along country roads and hillsides, I wanted to make sure I had one conveniently located in my herb garden.

Ironically, another plant came up after I claimed my new gardens and built beds in an old horse paddock. I was thrilled.  Mullein is a bi-annual

so the first year is a fuzzy rosette than the second year a towering gray-green leafed monster with fat flower spikes taller than me.  Such a drama Queen

in the garden, shouting ‘look at me’!

mullein flowers- harvest in the morning just after dew has dried

mullein flowers- harvest in the morning just after dew has dried

She is lovely and I pluck her flowers regularly to make ear oil.

Mullein flowers make a wonderful ear oil to sooth inflammation, aches, itchiness, help loosen wax build-up and with the addition of garlic (natural antibiotic) fight infections.

Old-timey ear remedy for man and beast, dogs, rabbits, goats, even cats – although they are a bit fussier.

3 ingredients, mullein flowers, minced garlic and olive oil

3 ingredients, mullein flowers, minced garlic and olive oil

So easy to make…3 basic ingredients:  Fresh Mullein flowers, fresh clove or two of garlic and olive oil

Step one:     Pluck fresh flowers in the morning just after the dew is off.  (I used only about 1/4 cup of flowers for this batch)

Step two:    Chop one large clove or two medium (per 1/4 – 1/3 cup oil approx)  (I used one large clove and about 1/3 cup oil for this batch)

fresh flowers can be added as they open if needed

fresh flowers can be added as they open if needed

Step three:  Place the chopped garlic and flowers in a jar and cover with olive oil and put the lid on.  I sometimes add additional flowers to the mixture as the plant produces them if I think I need to.

Step four:  Label jar with date, amount of ingredients

Step five:  Set the mullein garlic oil in a warm spot (atop refrigerator, water heater, sunny window sill) for about 3 weeks, swirl it (or lightly shake) jar every couple of days if you think about it

Step Six:   Strain mixture through cheesecloth, old tee shirt, unbleached coffee filter into a glass jar with lid – nice if you have a jar with the dropper in the lid.  Label and date.

***I made a small amount – 1/4 cup flowers, 1 large clove of garlic and about 1/3 cup olive oil is what I used.  You can make bigger batches if you need to – just make sure to use enough oil so no plant material is uncovered.  I don’t refrigerate mine but you can.  I date the bottle and keep in a cool dark cabinet for 6 months to  a year unless it starts to mold or smell funny

Use a couple of drops in ear as needed laying on side with ear up long enough to allow oil to get into ear.  Place a cotton ball in ear to catch excess oil.

Oh what a relief it is!

 

 

 

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