Herb of the Day: Elecampane


Elecampane

Elecampane Flowers

Elecampane Flowers

 

( Inula helenium )

Once used to treat tuberculosis, it is today best known as a remedy for cough and other respiratory ailments. It may be especially helpful for treating bronchial infections in children. Like other herbs, elecampane contains bith stimulating and relaxing agents, accounting for its usefulness as a expectorant and a sedative. It was naturalized in the United States after arriving with the colonists and is cultivated widely in Europe and Asia,and the flowers are popular in Chinese medicine.

To take at home make a tea: to clear the body of excess mucus, shred the root to yield 1 tsp. and add 1 cup of cold water let stand covered for 10 hours. Strain and drink hot three time a day.

Tincture form: Take 1/8 to 1/2 tsp. up to 3 times a day.

Elecampane targets, colds, cough, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, intestinal parasites, digestive problems.

There are some side effects to this herb to some, a rash, stomach upset, diarrhea. If your symptoms does not improve after 2 weeks of use of this herb or have any uncomfortable side effects, discontinue use and consult your doctor. Do not use during pregnancy. Do not give to children under age of 2 years old. Older children and people age 65 should take a mild preparations to start with than increase gradually. People with diabetes should consult their doctor before using this herb.

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