Mullein flowers also provide a soothing and cleansing effect to the skin. As a wash, they are an easy treatment for minor wounds and scrapes. Using the flowers as an oil infusion is a natural remedy for earaches that do NOT involve a ruptured eardrum.
This post is about how to make your own mullein oil. The plant only has leaves in its first year. The stalk and blossoms grow the second year. You will need to harvest the yellow flowers daily as they open.
When using wild mullein, only harvest from straight stalks. The crooked stalks indicate a high level of chemical contamination in the soil.
Place about 1 cup of freshly picked mullein flowers into 2 cups of carrier oil. I use Safflower Oil or Almond Oil in a decanter. Allow to infuse for 2 weeks. The flowers will turn from yellow to dark brown. This is normal. Using a sieve, strain the flowers from the oil into a small pot. Warm the oil and using a fine mesh or tea sieve pour back into your container and allow to cool. Add 20 drops of lavender essential oil once cooled and pour into 15ml dropper bottles.
Use when needed by placing the glass bottle into hot water to warm the ear drops, which can feel especially soothing. 2-3 drops per ear. Apply a warm cloth to the outer ear to ease discomfort.