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Anyone hear of the herb mullein?
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Ana    Posted 10-18-2002 at 15:05:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
My grandmother used mullein tea (in the Ozarks we called it mulligan). She cured everything with it. It's a fuzzy-leafed, large plant that grows straight up with yellow flowers in the summer. I was wondering if anyone knows how to prepare it and if there are any hazards regarding it. I remember it as tasting something terrible---you got better quick so as not to have to take anymore!

June in SD    Posted 10-19-2002 at 17:04:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I accidentally shut down my site with the link, so I left a message on the message board for 10/19/02 at 6:00 PM. Just found you again.

Renee    Posted 10-19-2002 at 04:38:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Ana, for the website. I've used many herbs, with success. But I hadn't used Mullein. But I have mullein, and you better believe, I'm going to try it.

TB    Posted 10-18-2002 at 18:06:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have seen this weed but never new it was good for any thing. I will be sure to keep an eye out for it now. After reading some of the post below I just had to do a search to find out more here is the site I found.

big fred - yup    Posted 10-18-2002 at 17:45:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Herb Mullien played shortstop for the White Sox back in the mid-50's, pretty good hitter, but best known for throwing out Mickey Mantle at first on a barehand catch in the first inning of the '52 season opener. It was bitter cold that day and the catch injured his hand so bad he never played in the majors again.

Jes kiddin', but it feels so good to talk baseball, y'know?

Les the baseball fan    Posted 10-18-2002 at 17:54:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wasn't Herb on the same team with Nellie Fox?
Well it's World Series time again and you guys out on the left coast have it all to yourselves this year. At least it ain't the Ted Turners versus the George Steinbrenners. I thing I'll root for the Gene Autrys. But I do like Dusty Baker. I'd like to see him be rewarded for all the years he's put in so I guess for me it's a no lose sichyashun.

big fred    Posted 10-18-2002 at 18:55:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, but I wish it was the Mariners that was gonna whup them G.I. Ants. As it is we're losing Lou Pinella, a very sad occasion for baseball fans here. Sure wish they coulda at least won a pennant for him while he was here.

Les    Posted 10-18-2002 at 19:19:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Headline in today's paper was that the Red Sox was not innerestid in Lou as manager (or GM either). Of course he is an alumnus of the hated Steinbrenners (although he prolly preceded ole George).

Les    Posted 10-18-2002 at 16:20:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm glad to see some of the answers below. To me it's just a weed...a nuisance that grows in run down pastures and fields. Nobody around here ever used it for anything that I know of.
I believe it's a biennial plant. I think it only puts out that tall ugly stalk with the yellow blossoms the second year and then dies.

hay    Posted 10-18-2002 at 15:55:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
i heard of it by way of my grandfather, but never had any dealing with it. forgot what he said it was used for. i think he said it was called turkey mullein.

Suzi    Posted 10-18-2002 at 16:13:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes, I have heard of it and use it regularly.

The leaves can be chopped up when fresh and steeped in olive oil. Store this tightly covered in the refrigerator. A few drops of this will quiet the worst earache and works equally well with man and beast.

It is also a powerful soporific. ( sedative qualities) I have heard tales of old timers chopping the flower stalk up and tossing over a pool where fish were hiding...supposedly stunned the fish briefly and they floated to the top for easy retrieval.

The flowers are used to make a poultice to remove warts.

And yes it tastes horrible. Some persons with ragweed allergy may not tolerate well.

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