Magic, Surprise, & Healing

Mullein

Last year, in a large clay pot, a few wild mullein plants sprouted. I don’t know how or why, but it outgrew the undernourished cucumber plants that I planted from seed in spring. I’ve always been attracted to mullein. If I had put more thought and research into it, I would’ve understood that the vibrant mullein loved and announced my poor, pathetic soils. Hello?

This year I’ve encouraged mullein in my native plant garden to benefit our pollinators. I aim for a Ritz Carlton for butterflies, birds, and other pollinating insects in this tiny courtyard and entry to my home. it also, I assumed, would allow me to capture some interesting photos—kind of like a blind from the front window outside to capture these challenged critters at a time when the Sixth Mass Extinction is upon us. “The plant hosts many insects that the birds consume for protein and its seeds are food for finches, chickadees and downy woodpeckers,” notes Outside My Window  https://www.birdsoutsidemywindow.org/2010/11/17/winter-weeds-common-mullein/.

Besides mullein’s unique look, soft leaves and medicinal value, in truth, what really attracts me to mullein is its history and hints of its ability to ward off evil. Blame it on my Catholic upbringing. If holy water could defer the wicked from my soul, why not a plant?

Here’s a few magical tidbits you can find on the internet.

Like many plants of European origin, mullein was credited with power over witches and evil spirits. It was considered one of 23 important healing herbs in medieval Jewish medical practice.  https://www.encyclopedia.com/plants-and-animals/plants/plants/mullein

In Ancient Greek mythology and Homer’s Odyssey, it’s said that Ulysses was given a Mullein stalk to defend himself against the wiles of Circe, a witch who turned Ulysses’ men into swine with a magic potion. In the ancient Roman Empire, Agrippa, right hand man to Emperor Augustus, swore the scent of Mullein leaves could overpower demons.  https://www.colorwowhair.com/us/blog/halloween-hair-tips-ward-off-evil-shine-spray/

In Ancient Greek mythology and Homer’s Odyssey, it’s said that Ulysses was given a Mullein stalk to defend himself against the wiles of Circe, a witch who turned Ulysses’ men into swine with a magic potion. In the ancient Roman Empire, Agrippa, right hand man to Emperor Augustus, swore the scent of Mullein leaves could overpower demons.  https://www.colorwowhair.com/us/blog/halloween-hair-tips-ward-off-evil-shine-spray/

It is said that wearing mullein instills courage and can provide protection. Mullein stuffed into a small pillow can prevent bad dreams. In India, it is considered a good safeguard against evil spirits and bad magic. People hang mullein over doors, in windows, and carry it in sachets. It can also be used for the banishment of demons and negativity.

http://ww.enchantmentsnyc.com/stories/10-herbs-for-purification-protection-and-exorcism

Meanwhile in my day to day world, the plant’s medicinal properties may just give me external relief from a recent bout of radiation. My library of herbs provides both their culinary and beneficial properties. Once I make a poultice from the plant, I’ll report as to whether it gave me the relief I’ve sought for the last four weeks or more. I mean, who knew that right out my front door the pain relief was there all along.  

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