Elecampane is used to flavour food and drink, as well as in the manufacturing of soaps, fragrance and cosmetics. Used externally for sciatica. Chinese Medicine consider it to have a warm energy, acrid and bitter flavour, and useful for strengthening the spleen and stomach, promoting energy flow and alleviating pain. Also used widely in Ayurvedic medicine.
Actions include: expectorant, diuretic, stomachic, antimicrobial, anthelmintic, anti-asthmatic, vulnerary (used in the healing of wounds), a gentle stimulant.
Common medicinal uses include: the treatment of asthma, bronchitis and whooping cough. Other uses include improving stomach function, treating nausea and diarrhoea and killing intestinal worms.
Elecampane root was also worn as a protection against snake bites and poisonous insects. In Celtic countries, it was known as “elfwort” due to its ability to attract faeries. Modern healers love elecampane root for its help with relieving ailments of the lung.
It’s an ingredient in many medicinal teas and cough syrups, and can be made into a tea on its own, though its bitter taste definitely calls for plenty of honey to make it go down easier!
Chamberlain, Lisa. Wicca Herbal Magic: A Beginner’s Guide to Practicing Wiccan Herbal Magic, with Simple Herb Spells (pp. 48-49). Chamberlain Publications (Wicca Shorts).
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- Botanical Name: Inula helenium
- Organic Status: Conventional
- Country of Origin: USA/China
- Plant Part: Root
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