Mullein leaves are harvested this time of year and dried to make a medicinally useful and widely recommended tea for treating coughs and as a decongestant. We dry it at 105 degrees and store it in jars until needed. To the left are two pictures of Mullein as a young plant and in maturity.
The leaves have several uses such as eating in a salad, as a remedy for a bee sting--either eaten or made into a poultice. It takes the fire right out of the sting.
Look around your yard, if you have a chemical-free yard then plantain can be harvested. The young leaves are tender enough to cook like spinach.