Elecampane (Inula helenium)
Elecampane is one of my most cherished herbs! I have seen so many wonderful transformations in people when using this herb.
I use the root of this herb in either capsules or tinctures - you can make a tea out of it however, it is far from being one of the tastiest herbs, so I find that capsules and tinctures are the best way to consume this herb.
Elecampane penetrates DEEP into the lungs and works to break up mucus & congestion, working to expel any obstructions from the lungs and then begins to heal the tissues of the lungs after doing so. Elecampane is packed full of inulin - a dietary fiver that research has linked to several benefits including digestive health, helping to control diabetes, and even weight loss! This dietary fiber aids healthy bacteria in our digestive system so that they can better break down and utilize nutrients. Elecampane helps to rid the body of worms and other parasites often found in the gut!
Elecampane has wonderful antiseptic & antibacterial properties - giving it the potential to be very helpful for respiratory infections & more.
I usually use Elecampane on its own however, if I wanted to carry another herb deeper into the respiratory tract, I would add a dash of elecampane root to carry it down.
This blog is intended to provide information on this herb/remedy/formula that I use regularly in my practice. This blog is for educational purposes only, mainly for people who work with me or my remedies and are looking for the information on the remedies, how and why I use them, and what is in them. There is much more existing information on each herb and remedy and as always I encourage everyone to ask lots of questions and to dive into research for themselves as well as consulting with a professional.