The royal scepter
 Put simply, the mullein, but we can say that, according to the healing properties, yet the king's son. And besides, this plant is stunningly beautiful. In people, it is often called the king's eyes, and the royal candle. And in Ukraine, his name is - Divina.

Mullen skipetrovidnogo - Verbascum Thiapsus L.   - Powerful biennial herb up to 2-3 meters from the family figwort. In the first year the plant develops only fibrous root and basal rosette of leaves. And only in the second year there is a direct thick stem, densely covered with leaves, which is growing rapidly.

The large lower leaves shaped like spears. Ovate or elliptical middle and upper leaves are covered with soft down. Large pale yellow or golden-yellow flowers are collected in long dense spicate inflorescence. Flowers bloom gradually from the bottom to the top. Flowering royal scepter in June-August. Fruits - polyspermous boxes rounded, the seeds ripen in August - October.

Mullein grows almost throughout the European part of Russia, the Caucasus, in Siberia. Meet this beautiful plant can be in the woods, clearings in the forest stands, among shrubs, along rivers, ravines, along the roads, housing, courtyards, parks, gardens

 The royal scepter
 Mullen in folk medicine
For medicinal purposes collect flowers on a clear sunny day. Flowers comprise: vitamin C, carotene, sugars, saponins, mucous, flavonoids, yellow colorant, essential oil, carbohydrates, gum, coumarin, malic acid, nicotinic acid, microelements.

Preparations from mullein have: anti-inflammatory, analgesic, hemostatic, emollient, expectorant, enveloping, anticonvulsant, astringent properties.

Traditional medicine treats decoctions and infusions mullein sore throat, bronchitis, coughing, hoarseness, whooping cough, asthma, pneumonia, bladder inflammation, edema, kidney disease, chronic cystitis, headaches, diabetes, neuralgia.

Preparations from mullein take in inflammatory diseases of the stomach and intestines, liver, spleen, jaundice, atherosclerosis, hypertension.

Broth rinse the mouth with gingivitis, stomatitis, periodontal disease. When eczema and bruises made lotions. Hemorrhoids do sitz baths. In Poland, a decoction of flowers with honey taken for insomnia.

- Infusion of mullein flowers
1 tbsp. a spoonful of chopped dry raw sugar and 1 cup boiling water, leave for 10 minutes, drain, take 1/3 cup 3 times daily after meals.

Mullen in folk cosmetics
Decoction of mullein flowers are used in cosmetics. Broth mullein make the skin more clean, smooth, light.

- Broth
1chaynuyu spoon flowers make ½ cup of boiled water, half an hour, drain, wipe face in the morning and evening as a lotion.

- Rejuvenating mask
1 tbsp. a spoonful of fresh flowers are well rub, add 1 teaspoon honey and 1 dessert spoon of sour cream. Mix well and lubricate the face with a thick layer. Remove swab dipped in warm water or broth of parsley. Wash with water at room temperature.

- Hydrating Mask
1 tbsp. spoon broth mixed with 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon of olive oil, mix, apply on face with a brush in several layers and apply gauze soaked in the mixture for 10 minutes. Wash with water at room temperature.

- In the old mullein broth wash head to strengthen the hair. Liquid is applied to the hair and left for half an hour.

- Hair Mask
Mix 2 tbsp. tablespoons of broth with the 1st. spoon burdock oil, rub into the hair roots. After half an hour to wash hair with shampoo.

- It is possible to rinse hair decoction of mullein after shampooing.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva