Elecampane or Horse-heal (Latin name: Inula Helenium) belongs to the Asteraceae family. It is an evergreen plant and blooms from July to August. It is found in Europe, Asia and a province of western China called Xinjiang. It is collected in autumn and it is good to prefer plants that are at least 2 years old for the flowers and for the roots at least 3 years old.
Its name comes from the Helen of Troy. It is said that this plant sprouted, where she burst into tears. It was used for respiratory problems and was consumed by people with anemia. For the Celts, it was a sacred plant. Traditionally, they were thought to be associated with elves and fairies.
Elecampane’s Health Benefit and Uses
It is one of the safest herbs to consume. It cleanses the body of toxins and stimulates the immune and digestive systems. It can cure bacterial and fungal infections, as it has antiseptic and antibacterial effects. The root contains alantolactone (or helenin), which is an organic compound that offers anti-inflammatory action by reducing mucus secretion and stimulating the immune system. Thus, it is also recommended for external washing of inflammations or allergic reactions. Another active ingredient is inulin, which helps the kidneys function properly. Recommended for people with diabetes.
It is usually combined with Yarrow and Coltsfoot to treat respiratory problems.
Available Form of Elecampane:
- cut radix
Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.