Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)
Traditionally: This velvety leaf plant offers many healing qualities from its roots to its flowers. The leaves have a long standing reputation in the Americas for their ability to assist the respiratory system.
Plant: First year mullein remains close to the earth with its thick velvety leaves growing in floweret fashion. The second year it shoots up 4 to 5 feet boasting a torch like shoot that is covered in small yellow flowers.
History: Mullein has been used for centuries, originating in Europe. It is widely regarded for its reported support for the respiratory system and certain mucus membranes.
Fun Fact: It is also known as “the roadside torch parade” and its mighty stalks were used as ceremonial torches as far back as ancient Rome.
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