Product: Mullein Flowers
Latin Name: Verbascum thapsus
Plant Family: Scrophulariaceae
Other Names: Common Mullein, Great Mullein, Candlewick, Candelaria, Blanket Mullein, Quaker Rouge, Torches, Our Lady's Flannel, Velvet Dock, Blanket Herb, Aaron's Rod, Feltwort, Fluffweed, Old Man's Flannel & Hag's Taper.
Description: A tall biennial plant native to Europe and central Asia that can reach a height of up to 2.5 metres. The leaves rise from a basal rosette and are oblong to lanceolate in shape, greeny-grey in colour with covered in fine downy hairs on both sides. The upright stem above the leaf rosette forms a compact spire of flowers. The individual flowers that make up the spike and consist of 5 obovate petals which are yellow in colour and approx. 2.5cm in diameter.
Brief History: Infusions of the flowers were used by Roman women as a hair dye; it achieved a golden brown colour. As well as a hair dye, mullein flowers have been traditionally steeped in olive oil and used for soothing earache, the same mixture was used in Germany externally for treating bruises.
SUGGESTED USEAs well as a yellow dye the flowers can also yield a green dye and a brown dye dependant on the type of mordant used. They are also drunk as a tea which is slightly sweeter than that made from the leaves. An infusion of the flowers and seeds can be used in the garden as an insecticidal spray which can be toxic to fish.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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