The history of Lamb’s Ear and its uses

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With spring comes the spring flowers and one of those that love to pop up around that time is called Lamb’s Ear.

The reason it is called Lamb’s Ear is because it is shaped somewhat like the animal’s ear and it is fuzzy soft like one. Usually Lamb’s Ears are a light tinted bluish green but can be gray and look rather green. The big thing is that it is very soft and although not real pretty it is a joy to touch and it has some other uses as well. In the article picture you can see Lamb’s Ear and morning dew glistening on its soft leaves.

It is not an herb nor does it have any edible uses but it does have medicinal uses. Not so much like other medicinal herbs. But according to its history the plant is very useful to those in the wilderness that happen to find themselves in a medical emergency and staring at this plant. Reason being is because Lamb’s Ears have astringent properties when applied to open wounds externally.

A substance in the Lamb’s Ear plant slows the bleeding when used externally as a bandage. As large as it is you can definitely see its use as a bandage successfully. The leaves are soft like a bandage and large and thick like a bandage should be. With the astringent properties in the leaves, after applying the leaf the bleeding will slow. Now let’s look at some of the history of this plant.

It was used in the civil war days for soldier’s wounds in the field and it was also found to be used during the medieval times for the very same purposes. So you can see that this plant has a repetition for being used as a bandage for wounds. And today it can also be used for the very same things. Hunters or others in the woods or those that may become lost in the wilderness in survival situations would do well to have learned how to identify this plant.

Besides the description already talked about the plant flowers later in the spring and the flowers can grow a few feet tall. The leaves themselves are ground dwelling. They will only be a few centimeters off the ground and will spread out along the ground. If you are a land owner or homesteader you should learn to identify this plant and do all you can to keep it around in case you need it. Even planting and growing this plant may be a smart thing.

It is used as an ornamental plant and is good for edging or in children’s gardens due to the soft touchable and nontoxic leaves. By passers would enjoy reaching and feeling the plant if it was used as an edging plant on sidewalks. And children would love to touch the soft leaves as they walk around their garden.

There are so many plants that most people see as invasive or a weed that have uses beyond compare. So next time you see a “weed” in your lawn, stop and take a moment to do a little research. You never know what you may learn.

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2 thoughts on “The history of Lamb’s Ear and its uses

  1. I am trying to find out if this is the plant Im looking for. When I had my youngest son a lady made a huge pot of hot tea and steeped it with other leaves for about 20 minutes. Then it was all dumped right into the bath tub where I and my newborn soaked for some time. When I came out , it felt like I never had a baby. It felt wonderful….but I cant find anything in the history of the uses to say it was ever used for that.

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    1. Carol, oh my goodness! You are searching for the herb called Mullein. Actually, Lamb’s Ear is the young Mullein plant! 🙂 What you want is the fully mature plant. Good luck!

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