04 September 2017
Standing strong with mullein
Driving in the mountains to the Blue Ridge Parkway the other day, my heart jumped at the sight of stand of mullein flowering out of a rocky cliff.
I thought of all you women and of the strength of community when we gather . . . In these times when the problems of patriarchy fill the newscasts, we continue to stand strong as a community of powerful, intelligent women, thriving individually and collectively.
Have you seen mullein, along the fence line or on the roadsides? This is the time we notice her, while in bloom, with her tall yellow flowering stalks. We find her everywhere, from abandoned lots to mountaintops.
Mullein is able to extract and accumulate minerals from soil that is more rocky, unlike some other plants that require more compost and humus. She is able to draw nourishment even in adverse conditions, which speaks to her hardy nature and strength. And haven’t we needed to do that in these times?
Medicinally, mullein leaves are are used in infusion or tincture for respiratory support, and her flowers steeped in oil for earaches.
Mullein offers the ability for us to breathe easily and deeply, both physically and emotionally. As we take a deep breath, our hearts open to the green world. Even in difficult environments, she reminds us to stand tall and strong with dignity.