Did you know that you can tell what colds and illnesses may be abundant in the coming winter just by looking at the “weeds” and plants that are growing in your yard or area in the summertime? Last year my yard was full of Mullein and our winter ended up being filled with coughs and respitory illnesses. Many people I know had coughs that lasted for months at a time. It just so happens that Mullein is one of the leading herbal remedies for coughs. A tea made from dried leaves and flowers does a wonderful job of relaxing the cough and healing the lungs.
As I look out into my yard this summer I see only a few tall, healthy and beautiful Mullein plants. Perhaps the respitory infections won’t be as bad this winter, but we will still be drying some leaves and flowers just in case.