Your front porch is adorned with jack-o’-lanterns, a little graveyard has popped up in your neighbor’s front yard, and everything (literally everything) smells like pumpkin. It’s officially spooky season! And as always with this time of year, you can’t help but sense a strong presence of...something dark in the air. As if the spirits from another dimension have crossed over into our world.
While there may not be an actual secret portal to the underworld nearby, it’s hard to ignore the urge to invest in a bottle of holy water just in case.
But, fear not, friends, because you have your own weapon against darkness...you just don’t know it yet. Have we gone crazy, you ask? Not quite. Let’s just say we may have stirred a little something extra into your Extra Mist-ical Shine Spray.
Legend has it that Mullein, aka the flower power behind Extra Mist-ical Shine Spray, has this super crazy ability to keep dark forces at bay. (What?!) Yeah, we know, spooky. Mystics through the ages have claimed that witches harvested the powers of Mullein for everything from potions and incantations to herbal medicines. According to Botanical.com, the leaves and stems of Mullein were often used to make candles and lamp wicks, which were then used by witches during their ceremonies. But then on the flip side, the Mullein candles were also used by ordinary people to create bright light and ward off evil witches.
Amazingly, Mulleins’ alleged power to fight evil spans thousands of years and crosses continents and cultures.
In Ancient Greek mythology and Homer’s Odyssey, it’s said that Ulysses was given a Mullein stalk to defend himself against the wiles of Circe, a witch who turned Ulysses’ men into swine with a magic potion. In the ancient Roman Empire, Agrippa, right hand man to Emperor Augustus, swore the scent of Mullein leaves could overpower demons.
Beyond its mystical powers, Mullein also has a history in herbal medicine, practiced by Native Americans and American settlers. Every part of the plant was used to treat different ailments: Leaf and flower teas helped with respiratory problems; roots were smoked for asthma and root decoctions were used for coughs; leaves were rubbed on skin to relieve rashes; leaf poultices treated bruises, pains and tumors; extracted flower oils treated earaches; and the yellow dye from the flowers was used to dye hair or clothing.
Today, Mullein is still used for herbal teas and exfoliants. And – as of now – to give your hair epic, jaw-dropping shine. So bring some good juju into your life (and your hair!) this Halloween season...ward off evils of all kinds...especially dull, dry hair.