Mullein Ear Oil
It is that time of year again, get the Mullein Ear Oil out. Kids getting ear infections, and other respiratory infections, start to happen about right now. Mullein ear oil is essential for any parents herbal medicine chest. It is great for little kids, and adults alike.
Mullein oil uses the flowers of Mullein ( Verbascum thapsus ), also known as common Mullein. There are several other varieties of Verbascum, but this one stands out for its potency. It has been a powerful medicinal herb that has been Europe and the Americas for many centuries. The herb is used as one of the most effective herbal remedies for ear infection and cough. Mullein is often used for issues that lead to a cough, like bronchitis. Its infused oil too has been used since ancient times for topical healing applications. Mullein can be used for ringworm and other fungal infections, like athletes foot.
This herb has enormous health benefits.
Expectorant – It helps to eliminate phlegm and spit it out.
Analgesic – Mullein oil is a topical pain reliever.
Antioxidant – As an herbal oil with high antioxidant capacity.
Anti-arthritic – The oil can help alleviate the swelling in arthritic joints.
Anti-inflammatory – This oil is strongly anti-inflammatory.
Anti-microbial – It kills many species of fungi, bacteria and even viruses.
Diuretic – As a tea it promotes the release of urine, helping to get rid of water retention.
Muscle relaxant – It can be made into balms, ointments, and creams to help relieve muscular tension and pain.
1 cup olive oil
1/4 cup Mullein flower (Verbascum Thapsus)
1/4 cup Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
1/8 cup crushed garlic.
Heat with a double boiler on low heat, 125 – 130 degrees F for 2 – 3 hours.
Remove from heat, and allow the oil to cool, and strain. Add 400 IU Vitamin E oil.
Alternately you can do a cold infusion method. This is when you place the flowers in a jar, cover with oil, and allow the combination to sit for 2 weeks, shaking lightly 2 times a day. Strain after 2 weeks. I am suggesting hot in this instance because usually when parents need these recipes it is because someone has an ear ache and the crockpot method is very fast.
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