Information on Elecampane

Latin NameInula helenium
Other NamesScabwort
Part UsedRhizome
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsDigestive system, Respiratory system
CautionsAvoid during pregnancy and nursing. Large doses can cause gastrointestinal irritation, leading to nausea and vomiting in sensitive individuals.
Botanical InfoA stout perennial herb with large yellow ray-like heads from the Aster family with soft short hairs. A popular garden plant for centuries, the resinous root and the flowers are harvested for medicine.
DescriptionElecampane is an expectorant, useful for respiratory tract disorders such as coughs (even chronic ones) and bronchitis. It is also used for lack of appetite, to stimulate the digestion, improve assimilation, alleviate diarrhea, and as an antimicrobial and vermifuge.

Elecampane has a taste of ACRID, BITTER and a temperature of WARM.


Infusion1 cup 2-3 x daily
Tincture10-30 drops 2 x daily

Ailments Treated by Elecampane

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Bronchitiswarming expectoranttea, tincture
Cough, chronicexpectoranttincture, tea


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