Elecampane: Inula helenium (L.)
Why Elecampane? Elecampane is a versatile root, and is often used in mouthwashes and gargles.
Quality Assured: Our certified organic elecampane root is responsibly sourced from Bulgaria or China, depending on the lot at the time of shipment. This herb is Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth and grown without the use of genetic engineering, artificial fertilizers, or pesticides. Our experts here at the Apothecary Shoppe personally evaluate every herb through taste, touch, and smell to assure that you are receiving the best botanicals suitable for use.
Because there is not adequate scientific substantive research as defined by the FDA we are unable to provide any guidance on how to use this herb. We suggest you do your own research.
Cautions and Contraindications:
Do not use during pregnancy or nursing. Large doses can cause vomiting, diarrhea, spasms, and symptoms of paralysis. Elecampane may cause contact dermatitis, and may interfere with existing treatment for hypoglycemic and antihypertensive treatments.
Elecampane should be avoided in patients with allergies to elecampane or members of the Compositae/Asteraceae family such as dandelion, goldenrod, ragweed, sunflower, and daisies.
Elecampane Inula helenium root: 2 ounces
Filtered water: 2 pints
Soak the root for two hours in the water then bring to a boil. Simmer slowly while covered for 30 minutes. Strain, return the liquid to a clean saucepan and simmer until the liquid reduces to one pint. Then remove from heat, cool, bottle, and store in a cool place. Use two to four teaspoons in water three times a day. Store in the refrigerator for up to 72 hours.