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’!
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.
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)
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!