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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.

In this badge bit, you will harvest, dry and store mullein leaf.



You need to dry enough to make a tea, infusion or decoction.

-- Please note this looks similar to Foxglove. Which extremely poisonous. --

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must post:
- a picture of your fresh herbs being harvested
- a picture of your herbs drying (hanging, in a dehydrator, or in a bag, etc)
- a picture of your herbs in a sealed and labelled container.
    - label shows where the herbs came from, the date and method of drying.
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Mullein BB
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I certify this BB is complete.

 
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Hi guys, here's my submission for Mullein, which you can see I've picked/harvested fresh, dried by hanging up in a well-ventilated spot by a door but not in direct light, and then once dry have stored and labelled in a glass jar. I've also included my herb journal entry for mullein tea. I've heard that mullein is also a great herb to smoke which we have since tried this week and it's jolly good! Thanks :)
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Staff note (Rob Lineberger) :

Looks great!  I certify this as complete. I'm out of apples myself but you'll get one.   

 
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This is my first time harvesting and drying mullein leaf for tea. It is amazing that this plant can grow such a large lush plant literally out of 100% gravel, from natural volunteer seeding.
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Before harvested.
Before harvested.
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Being harvested.
Being harvested.
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Ready for drying.
Ready for drying.
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Drying.
Drying.
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Dried.
Dried.
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In a sealed and labelled container.
In a sealed and labelled container.
Staff note (jordan barton) :

This does not look like mullein to me R. It looks alot like foxglove. Are you sure this is mullein?

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Note: not mullien. Believed to be poisonous foxglove.

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This foraging was fun! My kids enjoyed learning about mullein, or verbascum. They used it for TP right away, and even tolerated my suggestion of tea for their sore throats!! 😆 with little honey, of course.
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Mike Barkley approved this submission.
Note: Well done! Cute helper too.

 
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Thank you, as a resident of New Mexico I appreciate this thread.
 
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Hey, Mike, where is the 'bb' button? At the top of the post for each herb? In my own post at the top? Is there a special bb page? Sorry I am so new to this!
 
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Oh, nevermind, haha! I see it now
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Here is my submission for the Natural Medicine Aspect - Sand - Harvest, Dry, and Store Mullein Leaf.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
- a picture of your fresh herbs being harvested
- a picture of your herbs drying (hanging, in a dehydrator, or in a bag, etc)
- a picture of your herbs in a sealed and labeled container.
    - label shows where the herbs came from, the date, and the method of drying.
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Mullien Leaf being harvested
Mullien Leaf being harvested
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drying on screen frames outdoors
drying on screen frames outdoors
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tearing for storage
tearing for storage
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storage with label
storage with label
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Nicole Alderman approved this submission.
Note: I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete!

 
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I harvest mullen leaves, dried them in an electric dehydrator, then stored them in a glass jars with a label on the lid.
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Harvesting mullen
Harvesting mullen
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Drying mullen
Drying mullen
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Stored mulllen
Stored mulllen
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Labeled mullen
Labeled mullen
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Opalyn Rose approved this submission.
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Dried some mullein for storage.
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Nicole Alderman approved this submission.
Note: I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete!

 
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Putting up some mullein today.
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These took awhile to get the thicker center vein to dry
These took awhile to get the thicker center vein to dry
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Opalyn Rose approved this submission.
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Ok, I think I got it right on this second attempt!  The good news is that I didn't die.  Also, I'm much better at identifying foxglove and mullein now.
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Mullein to harvest.
Mullein to harvest.
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Harvesting Mullein leaf.
Harvesting Mullein leaf.
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The harvest.
The harvest.
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Drying in a dehydrator.
Drying in a dehydrator.
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In a sealed and labelled container.
In a sealed and labelled container.
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Opalyn Rose approved this submission.
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Mullein leaf collected from the creek near my home. Dried in the rack in my garage.
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Harvest
Harvest
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Drying
Drying
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In the jar
In the jar
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Labeled
Labeled
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Opalyn Rose approved this submission.
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Here is my submission for "PEP BB medicine.sand.drymullein."
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Harvesting mullein in my backyard
Harvesting mullein in my backyard
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Mullein drying on a rack
Mullein drying on a rack
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Complete - Dried mullein in a sealed container
Complete - Dried mullein in a sealed container
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Opalyn Rose approved this submission.
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Several of my second year mullein plants are now leafy enough to begin harvesting.

I like to take a few leaves from the second layer up from the ground. The first layer tends to sit on the soil but using the second layer ensures they're clean and the harvested area is barely noticeable when looking at the plant later.

I use mullein for my asthma and find inhaling it far more effective than drinking the tea (even with the steam). A small harvest used this way can  last me years. During a season or time of triggered asthma, a few days of use in a row is generally enough to then reduce it to weekly, before dropping down to monthly.

Because I'm inhaling the mullein, I like to make sure the leaves are absolutely dry for storage so I dehydrate them on low heat in the dehydrator. The 'herb' setting is labeled as 95F/35C.

Eight leaves picked from two plants in my garden (Mapleroot Ridge), cut in half for the dehydrator, and then stored in a small air-tight glass canning jar.
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First mullein plant
First mullein plant
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Second mullein plant, while harvesting
Second mullein plant, while harvesting
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Mullein in dehydrator
Mullein in dehydrator
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Mullein April 2022
Mullein April 2022
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R Parian approved this submission.
Note: I hereby certify this BB as complete.

 
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