This spring we had a couple of volunteer mullein plants come up next to our greenhouse so I decided to let them live and become a source of flowers for us to use later on in summer. In the spring mullein creates a fuzzy whorl of leaves that looks very attractive. As the summer months move on, the mullein puts up a tall spike that produces and drops flowers for many month. It can be found in along the roadside and in fields.
Mullein by our Greenhouse
This time of year, another ingredient used in this recipe, garlic, is also ready to harvest if you planted your bulbs last fall.
Recipe for Mullein and Garlic Ear Oil
Pick 1/4 to 1/2 cup of mullein flowers
Finely chop 3-6 cloves of garlic
Cover both with olive oil in a jar
Place cheesecloth over the top to allow moisture to escape
Allow to infuse for 3-4 days
Once infused strain through the cheesecloth and pour into dropper bottles
Store in the refrigerator for longer life
Warm bottle with hot water or leave at room temperature during periods of ear pain
Add 2-3 drops several times a day to ear canal
Do not use if you have a perforated ear drum or if your ear is already oozing fluid
If you suffer from regular ear aches and ear pain as I do, you will want to keep this as a part of your families herbal medicine kit.