Despite reaching authoritative hights of over six feet, mullein, as a pervasive biennial, does a pretty good job of evading consciousness. That is, until one is captivated by her soft yellow flowers and even softer patterned leaves, she reveals herself as dominating dry and dusty hillsides throughout North America.
From a symbolic, or energetic standpoint, Mullen embodies, to me, resilience and an unapologetic exsistence. Her roots dig deep to allow her stock to reach skyward, purposefully, boldly. She is a reminder to stand tall.
Her medicine clears the lungs and allows one to breathe deeply and fully, an important piece of moving through grief and insecurities that constrict the chest and cause one to shrink into theirself. By expanding the lungs and straightening the spine, she is a gentle nudge to stand tall, unapologetically, boldly.