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Dandelion – The Overlooked Food

 

Most of us have seen dandelions popping up in our yard during the Spring and Summer.  

It is important that any edible flower you pick is not next to a road or a railway track and it is best if they grow in your yard so to be sure they are not covered in pesticides or other chemical. Once picked, clean thoroughly and then put in plastic bag with holes in it to dry out the plant.

All parts of the dandelion plant, roots included, can be ingested. Dandelions are extremely high in nutrients. They contain vitamins C and B6, thiamine, riboflavin, calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, and copper. Dandelions have also been used in the past for some of their medicinal benefits.

You might have heard of Dandelion tea and dandelion wine before. This section will tell you how to make them and more.

 

 

DANDELION TEA WITH LEAVES AND ROOTS:

Digestive Problems Herbal Tea

1 ounce dandelion root

1 ounce dandelion leaves and stems

2/3 ounce fennel seeds

2/3 ounce peppermint leaves

Steep this mixture in 1 cup of hot water for about 10 minutes and strain. This medicinal tea combination helps stimulate bile production, promote digestion and alleviate intestinal gas.

Caution: Never give children an herbal tea with peppermint. The menthol in the peppermint could have an  adverse  reaction. From my experience, dandelion tea has a slight bitterness. Honey is good for offsetting this.


 

Dandelion Tea with roots:

Wash the roots, leaving as much of the root sheath on as possible. Finely mince the roots and dry them thoroughly. Once thoroughly dried, roast them in a dry pan on medium high heat, stirring frequently. You’ll know they are done when they have turned a darker shade of brown and have a rich aromatic smell. You can also roast them in the oven at 350 degrees, checking on them frequently to stir and keep an eye on them to avoid burning. Once roasted you can store them in a dark, airtight container for up to a year.


 

Medicinal Tea Ideal for Skin Cleansing

2/3 ounce dandelion root

2/3 ounce dandelion leaves

2/3 ounce nettle leaves

2/3 ounce red clover blossoms

2/3 ounce rose hips

Steep this mixture in 1 cup of hot water for 10 minutes and strain. You will need to drink a cup of this tea daily for several weeks before the skin-clarifying effect becomes evident.


 

Pink Dandelion Wine


INGREDIENTS

2 quarts of dandelion petals (stem and green collar of each flower removed)

2 quarts of boiling water

3 lemons

3 1/2 cups sugar

10 oz package of frozen sweetened red rasperries

1 yeast cake

cheesecloth

1 one-gallon jar (stoneware jar works best)

3 one quart wine bottles with screw-on caps


INSTRUCTIONS
 

Pick the dandelions, snip off the stem and green collar and rinse in cool water. Place petals in the one-gallon jar and pour the boiling water over them.

Let stand overnight.

In the morning, strain the liquid through cheesecloth, being sure to squeeze the flowers to remove all the juice. Combine dandelion juice with strained juice of lemons. Add juice to frozen raspberries and sugar. Bring mixture to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes.

Pour mixture back into jar, cooling to lukewarm temperature. Add yeast cake. Stir until yeast dissolves, cover the jar, and let mixture ferment for 10 days or until hissing subsides.

Using a double layer of cheesecloth, strain the liquid into a cider jug and let stand for 3 days.

Strain liquid again and place into quart wine bottles with screw-on caps, but DO NOT tighten the caps. Let the wine stand for awhile and then cap the bottles. Best if you let it age for a few months before drinking.

 


Dandelion Greens with Double Garlic

Makes: 4 servings

Time: 15 minutes

The first measure of garlic mellows as it cooks with the greens; it’s the second that adds a real kick. Substitute minced ginger for the second addition of garlic if you like.

Other vegetables you can use: broccoli, beet greens, turnip greens, chard, kale or collards cabbage, or spinach. 

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup thinly sliced garlic (5 or 6 cloves), plus

1 teaspoon minced garlic, or more to taste

1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes, or to taste

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pound dandelion greens with stems, well washed and roughly chopped

1/2 cup vegetable stock

Lemon wedges for serving

1. Put the olive oil in a large, deep saucepan with a lid over medium-high heat. When hot, add the sliced garlic, pepper flakes, and some salt and black pepper and cook

for about 1 minute.

2. Add the greens and stock. Cover and cook until the greens are wilted and just tender but still a little firm, about 5 minutes.

3. Uncover the pan and continue to cook, stirring, until the liquid has all but evaporated and the greens are quite tender, at least 5 minutes more. Taste for seasoning and add red or black pepper and salt as needed; add the minced garlic, cook for 1 minute more, and serve hot, warm, or at room temperature, with lemon or lime wedges.

 

 

Other Edible Flowers


If you decide to try out any of the edible flowers in the list below; be sure, after cleaning, to pull out the pistils and stamens. It is also best to eat only those that you grew in your own yard to avoid pesticides likely used on commercial flowers. If you're unable to grow; then a good cleaning should suffice.



 Blossoms from several food and herbal plants are edible. The list of foods and herbs with edible blossoms is below:

 

Food Blossoms

Leeks

Chives

Garlic

Orange

Lemon

Lime

Grapefruit

Kumquat

Raspberry

Squash

Pumpkin

Radish

 

Herbal Blossoms

Basil

Cilantro

Dill

Fennel

Mint

Oregano

Rosemary

Sage

Chamomile

Every part of these plants is edible.

 

Other Flowers

Angelica - have a licorice-like flavor.

Anise hyssop - Both flowers and leaves have a subtle anise or licorice flavor.

Arugula - have a peppery

Bee balm - The red flowers have a minty flavor.

Borage – have a blue hue and taste like cucumber

Marigold - Blossoms are peppery, tangy, and spicy

Chicory - Mildly bitter earthiness of chicory

Clover - Flowers are sweet with a hint of licorice.

Hibiscus - vibrant cranberry flavor is tart

Jasmine - These super-fragrant blooms are used in tea; you can also use them in sweet dishes

 

Johnny Jump-Up - have a subtle mint flavor

Lavender - Sweet, spicy, and perfumed

Nasturtium - sweet, floral flavor bursting with a spicy pepper finish. When the flowers go to seed, the seed pod is a marvel of sweet and spicy. You can stuff flowers, add leaves to salads, pickle buds like capers, and garnish to your heart’s content.

Rose - Remove the white, bitter base All roses are edible

Violets - floral and sweet

 

Most of the flower petals are good as garnishes for salads, soups, and other dishes, as well as for drinks to add aroma and flavor. The above list includes only those flowers and blossoms that are not bland or bitter.  

 

Source:  one day, maybe years from now, vegetarian book that I've been working on.

Plants in the Wheel of the Year - December
Category: Nature
Tags: Plants Wheel of the Year December Herbs Trees Celts Witches Druids Mistletoe Holly Parsifal

Plants in the Wheel of the Year - December
Herbs in December are Mistletoe and Holly

Celtic Wheel Of The Year is a mixed media by Kristen Fox

 

In the Wheel Of The Year we are now in the time of the greatest darkness, which is celebrated with Holy Fires.

At Midwinter the rebirth of the Sun God Mabon is celebrated.

During the Winter Solstice, the Holly King hands over his crown to the Oak King, who from now on will lead the world into light and warmth.

 

'The return to Nature, the conscious experience of not being separated, but a part of it, has given me a deep inner Peace that I no longer want to miss.

So the Rituals that I celebrate for the eight celebrations in The Wheel Of The Year are an integral part of my calendar.

The Solstices and Equinoxes as well as the four Fire Fetivals Samhain, Imbolc, Baltane and Lughnasad help me to consciously perceive the changing and recurring Seasons, but also open my mind to the Inner worlds, the truths that lie behind the obvious, and connect me with the 'Other World', the Realm of the Gods and Goddesses, the home of Nature Spirits and Elemental Spirits of the Ancestors.

Here I find advice, knowledge and enlightenment, which I can use to lead a responsible life in the Here and Now'.

 - parsifalrain, December 1

Nature has given us her strength since time immemorial.

Let us accept this gift gratefully !

Energetically, Mistletoe, Holly and other evergreen Plants are expressions of immortality and eternal Life.

 

Mistletoe, Viscum album;

Sandalwood (Santalales); Dicotyledons; Angiosperms; family of Seed Plants (Spermatophyta), Mistel

Mistletoe is a wondrous Plant that only becomes visible in the Winter Months, when the Trees are bare.

It is dioecious, which means that each Plant has either male or female Flowers.

The mysterious Mistletoe has fascinated mankind for a very long time.

It was considered the most important magic Plant of the Celtic Druids.

Many Stories and Myths entwine around the mysterious Mistletoe - popular names reveal its high power.

The light germinator Mistletoe was also called Witch's nest, Witch's bush, Devil's seed, Devil's broom, Truden's nest or Alp-Twine (Alp= Elfish being).

 

Since time immemorial, Mistletoe has been used to cook ointments and brews that promote fertility, expel ulcers (Mistletoe is used in modern cancer therapy), or help against the epilepsy (typical 'Shamanic dis-ease').

The special thing about Mistletoe is that it grows against time.

It grows green and fructiferous in Winter.

The fact that it lives high up in the Trees as a semi-parasite has always impressed people.

Even today the Mistletoe branches are hung up as protection.

Mistletoe often grows on Trees in 'difficult' locations.

In places with increased earth radiation or at water vein crossings.

Plants that grow in such locations are also able to solve exactly these problems.

The smudging of Mistletoe can transform negative vibrations into positive vibrancies.

Mistletoe also has an important place in cancer therapy.

It has been shown to inhibit tumor growth.

 

specific features

The Leaves are evergreen and continue to grow over the Years before they fall off without wilting and do not have a typical upper or lower surface.

 

Their growth is extremely slow and only begins after two Years with the first Leaves.

The first Flowers are visible after 6 - 7 Years.

It grows in Winter and Spring.

The Mistletoe rests from June to Winter.

 

The Mistletoe has a round shape and has no orientating relation to Earth or the horizon.

Between May and July the Mistletoe carries out daily small twisting movements of the Leaves and branches to align itself (to find its own centre), which results in its spherical growth.

 

The translucent to creamy-yellowish (depending on the host Plant), fleshy, 6 - 10 mm large Berry Fruits (false Berries) with only one to two seeds/embryos can be seen from September to January.

However, these Fruits alone cannot sprout.

For this they need the help of birds.

Some bird species play an important role.

 

The Mistletoe embryos are very resistant, they can stick to the Trees during the Winter and then sprout in Spring.

For their development they need about 9 Months.

They develop particularly well on young host Trees or branches.

 

Mistletoes can live up to 30 Years.

The Latin name Viscum means glue and refers to the sticky flesh of the Fruit (also called bird glue).

 

Fairy Tales and Myths

At the time of the Winter Solstice and as a Christmas decoration, it is also often hung on the front doors to protect the house from damage, especially in the Twelve Days After Christmas.

Anyone who kisses under Mistletoes should become a happy couple.

 

Pliny, the Roman historian who lived in the first Century after Christ, describes in detail how the Druids worshipped Mistletoe.

 

 

'To be a Druid means to preserve, develop and pass on authentic life knowledge'.

- parsifalrain

 

'Not to be forgotten is the high Mistletoe worship among the Gauls.

The Druids had nothing, so they called their Priests what would have been holier to them than the Mistletoe and the Tree on which it grows, especially if it was a Winter Oak. They regarded everything that grows on this Tree as a gift from Heaven and as a sign that this Tree was chosen by the Gods themselves. ...If necessary, it was then cut off with great solemnity on the sixth day before the new moon, according the Gallic calendar. The Priests, dressed in white, climbed the Tree and cut off the Mistletoe with a Golden Sickle, which was then caught in a white cloak. So great was the pious faith in unimportant things'.

 

But the History of Mistletoe goes back much further.

Since the megalithic period of the indigenous European Cultures it has been revered as a Cultic Plant and Panacea.

properties and effects

haemostatic

digestive

reduces the vascular tension of the blood vessels

hypotensive

Heart strengthening, since the Heart is relieved

metabolically stimulating

antispasmodic

anti-inflammatory

Caution: too high doses lead to disturbances in the gastrointestinal tract.

 

healing purposes

successfully used in cancer therapy

Mistletoe plays an important role especially in cancer therapy, even though it is still controversially discussed.

About 40 - 50% of cancer patients today receive complementary Mistletoe therapy.

Mistletoe therapy was introduced to cancer therapy in 1920 by Rudolf Steiner (founder of anthroposophic medicine).

It is usually used in combination with conventional therapy (chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery) and to prevent relapse.

Mistletoe therapy can also begin before conventional therapy.

 

epilepsy

vertigo

high blood pressure

If blood pressure is low, Mistletoe can even increase blood pressure, which at first glance sounds like a contradiction.

But since blood pressure is regulated by normalising circulation and strengthening the Heart, it is clear that Mistletoe can help both high and low blood pressure.

arteriosclerosis

cardiac insufficiency

menopausal symptoms

 

occurrence

The Mistletoe grows mostly on Fruit Frees, deciduous Trees (likely Linden Trees), more rarely on Firs or Pines.

Mistletoes that grow on Oak Trees are particularly rare - they are considered sacred.

We find Mistletoes in Europe, West Asia up to the Himalayas and North-West Africa.

In North America it is only rarely to be found.

In addition to the demands placed on certain Trees, Mistletoe also depends on a high level of humidity. It therefore occurs in river valleys, floodplains, etc..

The Mistletoe is a semi-parasite; with its anchor root it drills into the wood of the host Plant and takes water and nutrients from it.

 

 

collecting tips

The young Branches with the Leaves are collected for medicinal purposes.

The Berries are not added, as they are poisonous.

The best time to collect Misteltoe is Spring or late Autumn.

A magic date for the Mistletoe collection is the Winter Solstice, on December 21.

Attention: The Mistel is protected in some countries and therefore must not be collected!

 

ingredients

viscotoxin

choline

bitter substances

viscine

magnesium

zinc

 

Mistletoe as a smudging agent

used parts

For Incense we use all parts of Mistletoe

collection

Best on a full Moon or new Moon Night in Autumn or Spring.

 

effect on smudging

changes slow negative oscillations into brighter higher vibes

transforms

has a very strong protective effect

opens the world of dreams to us and lets us better understand dreams

opens our inner worlds by bringing light into the unconscious.

Mistletoe can make us invisible.

 

Mistletoe as a remedy

Mistletoe plays an important role especially in cancer therapy, even though it is still controversially discussed.

About 40 - 50% of cancer patients today receive complementary Mistletoe therapy.

Mistletoe therapy was introduced to cancer therapy in 1920 by Rudolf Steiner (founder of Anthroposophic medicine).

It is usually used in combination with conventional therapy (chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery) and to prevent relapse.

Mistletoe therapy can also begin before conventional therapy.

 

Mistletoe Tea

Mistletoe Tea must always be prepared cold, as the slightly toxic substances do not dissolve in cold Water and the Tea can therefore be drunk safely, warm Water would also reduce the healing effect.

It is advisable to prepare 1 teaspoon of Mistletoe (without Berries) in about half a litre of cold Water and then let it stand for 5-10 hours before drinking it in sips.

This Mistletoe Tea helps with high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis and a 'restless heart'.

However, it can also be drunk to increase metabolism and digestion.

This Mistletoe Tea also helps with headaches and dizziness, it also strengthens the nerves and reduces menopausal symptoms.

Mistletoe seems to be a real Panacea.

 

externally as Tea

The Mistletoe cold Extract can be used externally as a compress or for baths.

It helps against varicose veins and lower leg ulcers.

Eczema can also be treated with Mistletoe treatments.

Mistletoe compresses can also be used to relieve rheumatic and neuralgic pain.

External Mistletoe treatments also help against arthrosis.

Mistletoe Tea can be snort to treat hay fever.

 

determining the age of a Mistletoe

The age of a Mistletoe can be determined very easily.

You simply count the number of Branches from the Trunk to the longest Branch.

Ideally, all Branches are the same 'length' or have the same number of forks.

This also results in the spherical appearance of the Mistletoe.

The reason is the growth behavior of the Mistletoe, it grows every Year by exactly one Branch, each with two new small Branches from a single Branch, or Bud eye.

In my experience this theory is not always correct, sometimes up to four new Branches fork off from a double knot.

Holly - Ilex aquifolium, Holly family, Stechpalme

The wonderfully shiny green, thorny Leaves of Holly are a well-known Christmas motif and we encounter them more often on decorative Christmas articles than growing wild in Nature.

The Holly is a delicate Plant.

There are both male and female varieties, yet it is a male Plant that radiates a strong, active energy.

He does not tolerate too much cold and does not like dryness.

This is why Holly is most commonly found in gardens where he is planted.

As Hedge Plants in the garden they are popular, because they form effective wind, sight and sun protection Hedges.

Growing wild, he is so rare that it is strictly protected.

The effect of Holly is somewhat controversial.

In many books he is mentioned as poisonous.

The red Berries are in any case to be classified as inedible, with the Leaves, opinions differ on this question.

Siegrid Hirsch even says that a Holly Leaf Tea can be called Europe's Mate Tea.

 

popular names

Christ-Thorn, Forest Thistle (Bush), sometimes called Palm Tree

 

Stories and Myths

During the Saturnalia, a Festival celebrated in ancient Rome at the end of December, Branches and bouquets of Holly Leaves were presented to express friendship and goodwill.

Of course, there is also a Story that connects Holly with the crucifixion of Jesus.

It is said that the Palm Branches that were scattered when Christ entered Jerusalem were transformed into Holly Branches when people called for the crucifixion of Jesus.

The thorny Branches symbolize the crown of Thorns of Jesus like hardly any other Plant and the blood-red Berries also stand for the blood of Jesus, which he shed for humanity.

To this day, the domestic shrines and the crucifix are decorated with Holly Branches.

Holly Branches attract good Nature Spirits, so a small Shrub should not be missing in the garden.

Like many other prickly Plants, Holly is of course a vibrant protective Plant.

In the past, Holly Branches were nailed to doors and gates because it was thought that all good spirits sought shelter among these Branches and thus protected the house and courtyard, where they found these branches as ken.

The Branches of the Plant were brought into the house - bound as a wreath or bouquet and decorated with red ribbons - because the good spirits of the Forest hide in them over the Winter and in return for the warm place in the good parlour protect the house and courtyard from misfortune.

 

It could protect against all evil spirits (which got caught in the Thorns) but also against lightning strikes and other negative events.

Therefore the Branches are burned during the Annual Renewal, offered to the fire as a sacrifice.

One promises to the Fire already with the hanging up that it receives the Branches and Foliage later anyway, thus does not have to take these itself by lightning strike or building fire.

The chimneys were also swept with Branches of the Holly, from which it was previously assumed that the Ancestors went in and out through them.

The Holly Branches kept this ancestral entrance pure.

The Holly stands for the God of the dark half of the Year, who was also called Holly King.

But the Holly was also in contact with the Underworld Goddess Hel. (Helheim)

 

The Holly King and his brother

A Story, which in Heathen circles belongs firmly to the Winter Solstice (Yule), is about the Holly King and the Oak King, two brothers who each reign for half a Year.

The Holly King is the king of the decreasing Year, the dark time.

He reigns after the Summer Solstice until the Winter Solstice.

On the Day of the Winter Solstice he is bid farewell with the burning of Holly Leaves, whereby he takes the darkness with him and the Days can now become longer bright again.

The Holly as a decorative Yule green is just as widespread as the Mistletoe, which is said to have similar properties.

 

characteristics and mode of action

antipyretic

cough-quenching

diuretic

antispasmodic

laxative

 

healing purposes

gout

rheumatism

fever

febrile colds - also with cough and bronchitis

As Bach Flower Extract, Holly, stands for Love.

 

occurrence

Wild Holly is extremely rare.

If we find it in the wild, it is in the undergrowth of damp Forests, which are not exposed to too much cold.

 

collecting tips

As the Holly is strictly protected, only parts of culturally cultivated Plants may be collected.

Only the very young Leaves that have not yet formed spines are used here.

You have to stand clear from the Berries as they are poisonous.

In the past, the Bark of Holly was also used as an antipyretic.

 

ingredients

bitter Ilicin, dye Ilixanthin, tannins, gums, glycosides, caffeine, vanillin, minerals, pectins

 

recipes for healing application

Holly Leaf Tea

Young Leaves are collected and dried quickly.

Pour 250ml of boiling Water over one teaspoon of the dried cabbage.

This Tea helps with fever, but also with constipation, fatigue and general weakness.

 

Holly Bark Tea

The Tea from the Bark has an even stronger antipyretic effect and was frequently used in the past.

 

a warning

The poisonous Berries of Holly were considered in the Middle Ages as an ingredient of the 'Witches' Ointments.

In general, Berries and decoctions of Leaves are often found in recipes for 'Witches' Potions, where they are said to have been used 'to cleanse the body and soul'.

Internal use can lead to severe vomiting, miscarriage, and death if improperly dosed.

 

Therefore, all parts of Holly in the magic of inexperienced handlers should only be used energetically, symbolically or decoratively - not internally or on the body - and never kept within the reach of children or pets !

 

Plants in the Wheel of the Year - December ... by parain on Scribd

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Disclaimer

This information is supplied without liability, limit or warranty.

Please note - this healing recipes may be subject to change and are without guarantee – always contact a Medical doctor before the application !

and

The information in this article has been carefully reviewed by me.

However, I decline any liability for any damage or consequences arising from the use or misuse of the information I have provided.

 

I do not give any medical advice.

If you have serious health problems, you should refrain from self-medication and seek the advice of a Medical doctor or alternative practitioner.

 

Some Wild Plants are protected regionally, consult the nature conservation authorities.

Collect only individual Plants, so that the stock remains !

Remember – you can only harvest which belongs to you !

 

all images from Wikipedia, Wikimedia or self-made unless otherwise stated

 

earlier

Wheel of the Year-Celebration Samhain

Samhain and 'Halloween'

Plants in the Wheel of the Year November

 

next

Yule - Midwinter - Winter Solstice - 'Christmas Eve'

Everything is Born out of Darkness

The Twelve Nights After Christmas

 

deutsche Version hier

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Herbal portrait Mullein
Category: Nature
Tags: Blaze of Heaven Weather Candle Torchweed Kunkel Thunder and Lightning Candle Sky Fire Wool Flower Herbs Wheel Parsifal

Herbal portrait Mullein

Since time immemorial, Plants represent the food base for us humans.
Also since time immemorial we heal with the power of Plants.
In times when you can buy everything in the 'super'market or the pharmacy, the knowledge about Herbs and wild Plants and their preparation has almost been lost.
On the one hand, it is convenient when many things are so easy to buy, but it also makes us highly dependent on the existing structures and the fast-moving, bereft of meaning ruling system that is dissolving indirectly.

Self knowledge and -doing makes us free, strong and independent.
In addition to the Love of Nature and Plants, this is also my concern, why I want to preserve and pass on this knowledge.

Medicinal Plants
Every healing tradition on Earth has used the power of Plants for thousands of Years: from traditional European medicine to shamanic healers to the tried and tested recipes of Ayurveda and traditional Chinese or i.e. Thai medicine.
In the meantime, many active ingredients of medicinal Plants and their mode of action are also scientifically well-researched and used in medicines.
Almost all of these products are based on originally Natural active ingredients found in Plants.
In contrast to chemical drugs, however, the original medicinal Plants are better tolerated, have a more holistic effect and do not just relieve temporarily  symptoms.
Natural concoctions increase the effect and prevent side effects.
Added to this is the living Nature of the Plant, its subtle quality that an artificial material can never replace.

please note:
Always consult a doctor before using healing remedies and read disclaimer at the end of my abstract.

Mullein [Verbascum densiflorum] Family of the Thuebloon Family - (Figwort Family) [Scrophulariaceae], Königskerze

The Mullein as a biennial - rarely triannual medicinal Plant is one of the most striking Plants that I know.
In suitable locations, she can be far over two meters high and thus looks very powerful on us.
I have admired her since my earliest childhood, and sometimes it still seems to me almost miraculous how tall, strong and magical this Plant is.
Alone on the face of it, you feel proud, upright and self-confident.
Like many other Sun-Signature Plants, the Mullein helps us walk upright and proudly through Life.
In addition, many Myths and Stories still entwine around the Mullein, so that they represent a very exciting Plant for our children and juveniles.

There are about 300 species of the genus Verbascum.

parsifalrain, June, 02

further names
Blaze of Heaven, Weather Candle, Torchweed, Kunkel, Thunder and Lightning Candle, Sky Fire, Wool Flower or Wool Herb, Women's Candle, Lung Candle, Sky Candle, Tree of Life, Gold Flower

Stories and Myths
The Mullein is a very old magic Plant around which many stories and myths entwine.
At Night, when the Moon is shining, the Elves dance around them and perform their round-dance.
She is considered a Plant that is in close contact with the Natural Beings.
The german name (Königskerze  = kings torch) for the Mullein has a very practical origin.
The Plant was previously dipped in wax, oil, resin or pitch, lit and used as a torch.
At the Celtic Solstice Festivals she was used for the Torchlight Processions.
Weather Plants are often 'Pointer Plants' for the upcoming weather.
They announce rain, banish lightning, hail, flood and storm, alleviate weather sensitivity.
The mullein is therefore also called Weather Candle and has always been used for weather magic or to ward off storms.
Shortly before a thunderstorm, the Mullein was often smudged together with (common) tansy [Tanacetum vulgare, syn.: Chrysanthemum vulgare] to ward off thunderstorm damage.
The Herb protects against lightning strikes and also has the power to avert other dark energies.
Therefore, the Mullein was also considered a strong protective Plant.

A tuft of Herbs was placed on the deceased's chest to make their Journey easier.
Odysseus also protected himself from the sorceress Circe with a Mullein.


Between August 15 and September 8 (as the Moon waned), her root was ritually collected and processed into (often) gold-clad amulets designed to provide protection, strengthen the body, rid it of harm and protect it from unwanted conception.
As Our Lady's Herb, she is still today in the Herb Bushes of Women involved as the center.
She is one of the most important Plants in the time of the Woman between the Feast of the Assumption on August 15 and the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary on September 12.
In Christian mythology, the Mullein was also called Himmelsbrandt (Sky Fire).
There are depictions of the Mother of God holding a Mullein as a scepter in her hand.
The blessing 'Our Dear Lady goes over the Land and keeps the blaze of Heaven in her hand' is still known today.
The Tradition of the Herb Bush allows us to capture the forces of the Summer and the Sun and to preserve it for the now approaching dark time.
If you want to put together a Herbal Bush, it is best to take what kind of medicinal and nutritious Herbs grow on your doorstep, what you like and what is of particular importance to yourself.

properties and mode of action
The Mullein grows at least in the whole Eurasian area and the native Cultures have always appreciated and used this Herb.
Hippocrates and Hildegard von Bingen also appreciated the properties of Mullein as a natural medicine.
In Folk Medicine, Mullein is also used as a diuretic, is used in anti-rheumatic teas, calms irritated mucous membranes in hoarseness, and is used externally as a gargle or wound healing agent.
Pastor Kneipp recommended her as a Heart strengthening Herb.
In Homeopathy, preparations from the whole, fresh Plant are used in inflammation of the respiratory or paranasal sinuses, but also in neuralgia.
The Mullein brightens our mind - Hildegard von Bingen knew this plant 'For people who have a sad Heart' as an antidepressant and for well-being, makes us extremely confident and assertive.
She recommended people with a 'sad Heart' to cook the Mullein (young leaves) with meat and fish, then the Heart will become strong and joyful again.
Folk medicine uses an oil of Leaves and Flowers for burns, itching and fresh scars, gastritis and seizures, ear pain and herpes.
Due to the mild effect and the fine aroma, it is also suitable for Children.
Flowers in the pillow should protect against nightmares and negative energies

expectorant
soothing
anti-inflammatory
slightly fever-reducing
antispasmodic
soothing
causing perspiration
heart tonic

medicinal purposes
cough
bronchitis
asthma
hoarseness
earache
tinnitus
otitis
accumulation of earwax
eye inflammation (applied fomentation of flowers)
stomach and intestinal complaints
lower leg ulcers (sitz baths)
Hemorrhoids (root), anal itching [Pruritus ani] (flowers and leaves)

spiritually
The Mullein helps us to find our own dignity and sovereignty and to adopt an upright, truly royal attitude.
It helps to get an overview in times of confusion and strengthens confidence in the inner voice.
It strengthens self-acceptance and helps to put one's own opinion in the right words.
Preparing Mullein as tea is supposed is a marvel against the famous lump in the throat.
The Mullein's message is 'Feeling strengthened and upright'
It corresponds to Sun and Venus but also Mercury

occurrence
The Mullein grows preferentially on dry, sunny and calcareous locations.
We find her both at the plains and at higher altitudes.
She's a biennial Plant.

                         

In the first Year only the Leaf rosette appears, reminiscent of a mandala, in the second Year, the Plant grows up and starts to bloom.

collecting tips
Mullein is collected from flowering in June, but best in July or August.
It is the center of the Herb Bush that is tied to the Frauendreißiger.
The Frauendreißiger marks the time between the feasts of the Assumption on August 15 and the Name of Mary on September 12.
In the Name of Lady Mary, the Ottoman conquest was stopped 1683 (for the moment).

The Flowers are collected on a very Sunny Day as soon as the dew is completely dry off.
Mullein Flowers are rather thick-skinned and do not dry as easily as other Flowers.
You have to be very careful that the brightness would not start to mold.
The flowering period extends over a very long period of time, sometimes into September, as the single Flowers do not last long, but bloom successively.
By a radical pruning at the end of the flowering period, some Mullein can be stimulated to resume flowering in the following Year, but most of the Plants die after flowering.

ingredients
Mullein flowers contain mucilage, flavonoids, saponins, iridides (phytochemicals) and essential oil

Mullein as a Flower essence
A Flower essence made of mullein Flowers makes us proud of ourselves.
It helps us to recognize our own beauty and stand rock solidly to us.
It strengthens us and straightens us up and connects us to Heaven and Earth.
It makes our Heart happy and dispels any sadness.
In addition, she gives us a lot of courage to walk our Life.

recipes for medicinal use
for all mentioned complaints - Mullein tea - preparation
Pour 1 teaspoon of the dried Leaves or Flowers in a cup of boiling Water
Let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
Drink a cup slowly, swallowed 3 times a Day.

cough tea
Add equal parts ribwort [Plantago lanceolata] Leaves, coltsfoot [Tussilago farfara] Leaves and Flowers, Marshmallow [Althaea officinalis] Leaves and Flowers, and Mullein Flowers to a tea

Mullein tincture
Freshly flowered Flowers are collected in the morning and filled into a screw-top jar, infused with high-proof alcohol and placed in a sunny, warm place for about 4 Weeks.
Fresh Flowers can be added again and again.
After 4 Weeks, the tincture is strained and bottled.
It helps very well with cough and bronchitis.

Mullein Blossoms milk sugar (lactose) trituration
Fresh Mullein Flowers are finely ground together with milk sugar in a mortar.
Approximately in a ratio of 1: 1.
This trituration is spread on a baking paper and dried.
You can possibly also dry it in the oven.
This Mullein sugar can be mixed with children in each cough tea.
It contains bronchial ingredients.

hemorrhoids, lower leg ulcer - sitz bath
Place 2 hands of dried flowers or leaves in a pot with 5 liters of cold Water overnight.
Bring the pot to boil the next Day and add everything to the warm hip bath, which should reach over the kidney area.
Repeat the sitz bath for 20 minutes, daily as needed.

Smudging with Mullein
 2 tsp Alantro root [radix inula Helenium]
1 teaspoon Mullein Flowers
1 tsp Cleaver [Galium verum]
Mortar well and smudge on the sieve.
The mixture smells slightly honey-like and brightens the mood:
Reduction of tension in rooms and the environment
Connection to own power reserves
Brightens the mood
Energetic cleaning
Relaxation after a fight
Protection against negative energies
Strengthening
Rooting and straightening

Mullein was once smudged to repel evil magical powers and demons; today - also in the aromatherapy - because she acts 'setting-up'.

Anyone who uses Herbs acts on his own authority !

Disclaimer
This information is supplied without liability, limit or warranty.
Please note - this healing recipes may be subject to change and are without guarantee – always contact a Medical doctor before the application !
and
The information in this article has been carefully reviewed by me.
However, I decline any liability for any damage or consequences arising from the use or misuse of the information I have provided.
 
I do not give any medical advice.
If you have serious health problems, you should refrain from self-medication and seek the advice of a Medical doctor or alternative practitioner.

Some Wild Plants are protected regionally, consult the nature conservation authorities.
Collect only individual Plants, so that the stock remains !
Remember – you can only harvest something which belongs to you !

all images from Wikipedia, Wikimedia or self-made unless otherwise stated

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