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Jacob’s Staff, Flannel Flower
Parts: Leaves, flowers
For: One of the most conspicuous and easily identified herbs. It has large soft leaves and the 2nd year plants send up a tall flower stalk. The leaves are known as a T.P. substitute when in the woods. The stalks have been used as a torch when dipped in a wax or oil. The dried leaves are a camper’s friend when looking for easy tinder to make a camp fire. The tea provides vitamins B2, B5, B12, D, choline, hesperidin, PABA, sulfur, and magnesium among other things. Best known as one of the safest most effective herbal cough remedies. An infusion is good for colds, emphysema, asthma, hayfever and whooping cough. A tincture of the flowers is used for migraine headaches.