Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Mandalas, Mullein, Medicine

Common Mullein, Uncommon Medicine
My preliminary adventures into Making Mandalas and  Naming Nature have since expanded to living and sharing the benefits of this knowledge. 

As I open the last packages of dried mullein leaves from last September I am certain that this plant made this difficult NYS winter as productive as it could possibly have been. In Gratitude and Hope, I am watching the progress of the new plants that we moved into my yard last fall. 

The most benefit will come with being able to harvest and prepare this medicine right from my own property. No travel or transportation issues, or physical limitations will be able to interfere with the use of this wonderful discovery. 
I started with a mild tea/infusion of mullein leaves to rule out allergies, etc. 
2-3 medium fresh leaves in a 1 quart mason jar
Cover with boiling water, (filling the jar)
Cover and Steep  4-6 minutes
Lightly shake to blend the mullein infusion into the water
Strain using a coffee filter *this keeps the fuzzy hairs from the plant out of your medicinal tea
While still warm, pour into a small cup and sip as any other tea

[Allergic reactions to mullein are quite rare. This preparation results in a low concentration of mullein medicine. However, if you notice any itching or swelling in your mouth or throat stop use immediately.]

Some pain relief and Uneventful consumption at this "dose" allowed me to increase to a higher dose using the decoction method and eventually building to a regulated dose of mullein root tinctures. Fresh mullein flowers and fresh flower stalks also work well for making tinctures. 
*Disclaimer - The information presented herein by The Wild Pantry at SheilaLynnK Art Studio is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own trusted health care provider.
 As I work to share the Empowerment that I have found, I am reminded today to find time to keep healing and caring for myself. This is an aspect that is, unfortunately, easy to forget. 

In spite of everything that has happened, I still have some faith in the intentions of Modern Medicine. It has it's place but, there is another Medicine that works its ancient magic above and beyond the boundaries of Patient Harm.  

I am pretty sure I have mentioned it before but, just in case I haven't, I am using the Wild Plant Ally Workbook that I got from Food Under Foot to continue to document what I learn about Common Mullein and another ally, Evening Primrose. Foraged, dried, propagated, high-jacked from abundant "untreated" sources; I now have a few of these wild plants around my house. EPR seeds I found in my foraging adventures last fall are now sprouting in a comfy spot on my window sill in my studio.  

Both plants are upright biennials. Both possess safe and useful/beneficial properties found in the entire plant. 

Other Edibles Also sprouting-to-blooming in the yard now are: Henbit, Purple Deadnettle, Creeping Charlie, wild Strawberries, Chickweed, Speedwell, Yarrow, Milkweed, Cleavers, Lambsquarters, Mallow, Harebells, Grapevines, Sunflowers, Blue Vervain, Plantain, Dandelions, White Clover, and Mint. 

These spring-y images are creeping across the lawn and sneaking into my new Mandala drawings. 

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