MEDICINAL DRIED HERB
Description: The elecampane herb is also commonly known as ‘Horseheal' and ‘Scabwort' - both names derived from the plant's original medical use. The herb was used to treat horses and, hence, the name ‘Horseheal'. In ancient time, veterinary practitioners used the herb to treat pulmonary ailments in horses. On the other hand, the plant's usefulness in healing scabs on sheep gave it the name ‘Scabwort'. The Latin classical name for elecampane is Inula.
Parts used: Root, flowers
Useful components: Inulin, triterpene saponins, sterols, polyacetylenes, volatile oil.
Medicinal use: Elecampane is considered to have bactericidal, antitussive, expectorant, cholagogue and tonic properties. Elecampane has been long regarded as extremely beneficial for the respiratory system. It clears the chest from mucus accumulation and warms the lungs. It is a very beneficial respiratory tonic, and an effective remedy against chronic bronchitis, bronchial asthma, flu and tonsillitis. The plant is also used as a digestive stimulant. It promotes appetite and alleviates dyspepsia.
Safety: Some herbs could react with certain medication. Therefore it is advisable to contact your doctor/herbalist before consumption of any herb.