Elecampane (root) Tea

Elecampane has long been used as a tonic for the respiratory system. It is thought to have a warming effect on the lungs and an ability to gently effect the clearing of mucous. 

Certified organically grown in Tasmania, Australia.

Herb Info / Uses


AU$ 17.65 tax incl.

Botanical Name: Inula helenium

Plant Family: Asteraceae

Plant description: Native to south Eastern Europe and Western Asia, this striking perennial has large, light green, leaves and bright yellow flowers. Its strong root system sends up a large crown of lightly hairy leaves and a thick hairy flowering stalk. The plant dies down in winter and the root is large and thickly branched.

Part used: The root.

Harvest: The root is collected in autumn or early winter.

Active Constituents: Bitter principles including sesquiterpene lactones of the eudesmanolide type (such as alantolactone, isoalantolactone and their derivatives), essential oil, Inulin (up to 44%), Terpenopiods, Sterols and resin.

Energetics: sweet, bitter, warm, dry.

Actions: Expectorant, antibacterial, diaphoretic, bronchospasmolytic, carminative, antivermicidal.

Uses: Elecampane has long been used as a tonic for the respiratory system. It is thought to have a warming effect on the lungs  and an ability to gently effect the coughing up and clearing of mucous makes it a safe remedy for young and old. It is tradiationally thought to be useful for acute bronchitis, common cold, influenza, pertussis, pneumonia, asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, bronchiectasis, antivermicidal. It is thought to be especially useful when the patient is debilitated and being mildly bitter thought to help improve digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Dosage: Decoction – boil one teaspoon of dried root in two cups of water for ten minutes in a covered pot. Drink up to one cup three times daily. Fluid Extract (1:2) – 20— 40ml/week.

Cautions: Possible allergen. Avoid in pregnancy and lactation.

 

Certified organically grown in Tasmania, Australia.