It's that time of year again! Mullein is blooming, and I'm here to remind you that this gorgeous weed is definitely one you want to keep around. It's no secret that Mullein is my favorite plant. It helped save my life in 2016, and I always keep a stock of it in my herb cabinet. Mullein is a hardy weed that's native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa. It's part of the Snapdragon family and has a long history of medicinal and herbal use. And Mullein is only one of its several names. It's also called Aaron's Rod, Indian Tobacco, Quaker Rouge, Blanket Leaf, Our Lady's Flannel, and more. Most of these names come from the large, fuzzy leaves and bright yellow flowers that make up this recognizable plant. The leaves and flowers are also the most medicinal parts of the plant. Mullein is full of flavonoids, saponins, tannins, terpenoids, glycosides, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, oils and more. It also contains 3% mucilage, which may not sound like much, but it is. Mullein is a wonderful remedy for: Mullein can also be used as a beauty enhancer. It got the name Quaker Rogue because the Quakers used the tiny hairs on the leaves to irritate their cheeks and give them a rosy glow. Mullein can also be used for fishing if you're desperate for food. The crushed seeds contain a neurotoxin that stuns fish for a short time, making them easier to catch. Now, I want to make clear that fishing this way is very illegal, but it's good to know if you ever find yourself in a survival situation. These are just a few of the benefits of Mullein, and I highly encourage you to try some for yourself. They are easy to identify (I see them everywhere!), and harvesting them is as easy as cutting the best leaves from the stalk. However, don't harvest them if they're near a road. Mullein gets a lot of its nutrients from the air, so they will absorb toxins from passing cars and other traffic. Also, you want to avoid any fields that might use pesticide. My advice is to head out into the woods and do some good, old-fashioned foraging! Or, if you're not into that, your local health food store should have some Mullein ready to go. I hope you learn to appreciate this plant as much as I do. It truly is one of the best herbs that I've ever worked with, and you can find more about it by visiting The Medicine Woman's Roots, Herbcraft, A Modern Herbal, Outdoor Life, Dr. Axe, and Mercola. The first photo was found on Google. The second is my own.