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Preparation and dosage: Tincture: take 1 teaspoon, 3 x daily. Capsules: take 2 caps, 3 x daily. Tea: blend 1 or 2 teaspoonful of the root into 1 cup boiling water. Simmer 10-20 minutes. Strain. Drink 3 x daily.
Elecampane Root (Inula conyzae, I. helenium) Cut and Sifted Bulk
Asteraceae (Daisy Family)
The species name helenium is said to be a reference to Helen of Troy, who was supposedly collecting elecampane when Paris captured her. The common name elecampane is derived from the Latin campana, "of the field."
Range of Appearance
Elecampane is a perennial native to Europe and northern Asia; it can be found growing in ditches and other waste places and reaches a height of between 3 and 8 feet. The upper leaves are large, toothed, and ovate and clasp the stem. The lower leaves are stalked. The entire plant has a downy quality. The ray flowers are solitary, large, and golden yellow.
Root, leaf, flower
Alterative, analgesic, anthelmintic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiscorbutic, antitussive, antivenomous, aromatic, astringent, bitter, bronchial dilator, cardiotonic, carminative, cholagogue, diaphoretic, digestive, diuretic, emollient, emmenagogue, expectorant, hemostatic, hepatic, immune stimulant, lung tonic, rejuvenative, stimulant, stomachic, vulnerary
Asian medicine uses primarily the flower of elecampane, while Western medicine employs mainly the root. The root is known to loosen phlegm, stimulate its expulsion, inhibit its production, relieve irritation in the respiratory passages, and deter a wide range of pathogens. It is used to treat asthma, auto-immune disorders, bronchitis, candida, catarrh, chest colds, cough, cystitis, diphtheria, dyspepsia, emphysema, exhaustion, fever, hay fever, laryngitis, nose bleed, parasites, pleurisy, pneumonia, shortness of breath, sinusitis, tuberculosis, ulcers, wheezing, whooping cough, and worms. The root can also be chewed to prevent tooth decay. Topically, a wash can be made of the roots and leaves to cleanse the skin and to treat blemishes and other skin eruptions, facial neuralgia, and sciatica. The leaf can be applied as a poultice to treat nettle sting. The root is sometimes prepared for use as an enema.
The roots, leaves, and seeds are edible. The roots can be cooked like other root vegetables; they also can be candied, made into lozenges, used to flavor sweet dishes, or used in the making of wines and liqueurs. The leaves and seeds can be eaten raw.
Elecampane flowers are sometimes included in potpourris, and the root can be burned as incense.
Calcium, magnesium, carbohydrate (inulin), mucilage, essential oils (azulene, camphor, helenin), lactones (helenine), sterols (sitosterol, stigmasterol), sesquiterpenes
Do not use during pregnancy. Large doses may cause diarrhea, vomiting, gastric spasms, allergic hypersensitivity, or even symptoms of paralysis.
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