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So, I wanted to do something for the Downworlder week, since I never do anything. I decided to search for everyone’s cards and look up their meanings.

Downworlder Week - Warlocks 1/5

Catarina Loss, Mullein

Mullein tea is a traditional treatment for respiratory problems, such as chest colds, bronchitis and asthma. Mullein leaf tea is slightly bitter; a tea of the flowers is sweeter. Both the leaves and flowers contain mucilage, which is soothing to irritated membranes, and saponins, which make coughs more productive. Research has shown that the herb has strong anti-inflammatory activity, and lab studies suggest that mullein flower infusions have antiviral properties, as well.
Like many ancient medicinal plants great mullein was linked to witches, although the relationship remained generally ambiguous, and the plant was also widely held to ward off curses and evil spirits.

The flowers provide dyes of bright yellow or green, and have been used for hair dye. The stalk can also be dried as a spindle for making fire either by hand drill or bow drill.