ingredient information
Elecampane Root
Background: Elecampane is named after Helen of Troy. As the legend goes, she was holding elecampane in her hand when she left to live with Paris in Troy. It was used anciently by the citizens of Rome for culinary purposes as well as medication. Elecampane is native to Europe and parts of Asia, but it is cultivated all over the world. Research has shown that elecampane contains insulin that can provide bronchial relief. It can also stimulate the immune system. It was once used in the treatment of tuberculosis infections. Applications:Expectorant/Antiseptic Elecampane root is used to treat respiratory and digestive problems as well as fight infection. Chest congestion: Elecampane root is an expectorant and can thin the mucus in the chest and respiratory system. Elecampane is useful for almost any problem with congestion and tightness in the chest. Infection: Elecampane root can be used to fight infections such as tonsilitis and the flu. It can also be used as a tonic for good health to prevent infections. Digestion: Elecampane root can be used to treat stomach upset and increase one's appetite. It can also be used to treat a case of intestinal worms. Description: Elecampane is a perennial plan that can grow as tall as 10 feet high. It has yellow flowers and large green leaves. The Elecampane root is pulled up in the fall and then dried. Elecampane Root Dosage: As a tincture, take 1 tsp 3 times each day for chest inflammation. As a decoction, take 1/2 cup 2-3 times daily for relief of coughing. A syrup can be made by simmering an infusion until it thickens and is reduced by half. Add honey or sugar to taste. 1-2 tsp can be taken every 2 hours to relieve coughing. Safety: Elecampane root should not be taken during pregnancy or nursing. It can also cause skin irritation. Consult your health care provider before beginning use of any herb.