Mullein leaf (Verbascum Thapsus) often called Velvet Dock or Velvet Plant originated in Eastern Europe, is a fuzzy-leaved, herbaceous biennial in the Scrophulariaceae family. In its second year of growth, a flower spike emerges with bright yellow, densely clustered flowers. Although the plant is considered a weed that thrives in compacted, poor soils, mullein leaf has been traditionally used for its many beneficial attributes since the time of Dioscorides, over 2,000 years ago.
Mullein herb can be macerated into mullein extract, brewed as mullein leaf tea, or made into syrup. Used as a candlestick by the Romans. Useful in preventing nightmares when put under your pillow. May help harness courage and also can drive your enemies away. Pleasant scent and makes a great incense. Contains astringent and emollient compounds as well as other healing properties.
Mullein leaf, flower, and root, with its litany of folk uses ranging from 'nature's toilet paper' to an effective apotropaic (fancy word meaning that which wards off evil spirits), have been used extensively in folk medicine. Its magical qualities were numerous, going way beyond simply warding off evil but also was thought to instill courage and health, provide protection, and to attract love. In fact, it was believed that wearing mullein would ensure fertility and also keep potentially dangerous animals at bay while trekking along in the wilderness.