Plant Uses: Elecampane has been used traditionally for chest infections, asthma, bronchitis, coughs, and all chronic diseases of the lungs. Especially those of a cold, wet, phlegmy nature. It has also been used traditionally for digestive and appetite problems. Used to help expel intestinal parasites. And is also commonly thought to help with grief and sadness stored in the lungs in Traditional medicine.
Plant Preparation: Decoction (cook your herbs).
Plant Properties: Antiseptic, expectorant to help loosen phlegm, astringent, anti-microbial, digestive, diuretic, encourages sweating, gently stimulant, tonic.
Energetics & Taste: Warming, stimulates flow, pungent, bitter, sweet.
Scientific Name: Inula Helenium.
Common Names: Horseheal, wild sunflower, horse-elder, elfdock, elfwort, scabwort.
Part Used: Root.
Cautions & Contraindications: With all herbs it is important you do your own research before consuming them. Although many herbs are generally safe to use, some herbs may have interactions with medication or be unsuitable to take during pregnancy.