Health benefits of elecampane root includes the use for respiratory conditions such as asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, coughs as well as bronchitis. It will aid in the healing of bronchitis by drying up the mucus secretions. It is also a remedy for the treatment of tuberculosis. As a matter of fact, long before antibiotics came into existence; it was used as remedy for tuberculosis.
Elecampane, also known as horse heal and marchalan, is a plant common in Great Britain, central and southern Europe, and Asia. Elecampane, has been long valued as an effective respiratory support herb, even being listed in the U.S. Pharmacopeia. Traditional Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine use elecampane for bronchitis and asthma, as did ancient Greeks and Romans. In the 1800’s, lozenges, candy, and cough drops were all produced from elecampane root.
Elecampane can be found throughout Great Britain, central and southern Europe, the temperate zones of Asia west of the Himalayas, and the eastern and central regions of North America. It is found growing wild in damp meadows, wet-mesic pastures, old fields and roadsides. It prefers a moist, well-drained clay loam in a damp, partly shaded environment and is easily grown from seed and from cuttings.
Common Names: Scabwort, marchalan, elf dock, wild sunflower, horseheal, velvet dock.
Sprinkle half a spoon of scalloped root with about 150 ml of boiling water and after 5-10 minutes to process. Drinking a cup of tea several times a day after a meal.
Elecampane is an effective cure for many types of respiratory ailments, including bronchitis. Volatile oil gives the roots expectorant, anti-inflammatory and warming properties that help break up congestion and calm coughs. Frequent intake of elecampane root decoction can relieve symptoms of chronic bronchitis, asthma and other chronic lung conditions. Its antibacterial property is so effective; it kills the organism that causes tuberculosis. Flower decoction or syrup is especially helpful for coughs or nausea caused by excessive mucous.
The herb is quite beneficial in treating intestinal parasites and worms. It has been used effectively to treat a range of parasites including hookworm, threadworm, roundworm and whipworm. One of the plant’s constituents – alantolactone is thought to be responsible for its anthelmintic actions.
Elecampane root may be beneficial for diabetics. Roots are a rich source of inulin, a type of fiber named after this plant’s botanical name. Inulin, which is different from the hormone insulin, is often added to low-fat foods to give the foods a high-fat consistency. According to Men’s Health, inulin helps stabilize blood sugar and improve absorption of nutrients from foods.
Scientific research has found that the herb possesses some mild antibacterial actions which can further help relieve colds and infections caused by bacteria.
Elecampane root has anti-inflammatory properties and when used topically it help relieve eczema and other types of skin inflammation. Alantolactone in the roots seems to be responsible for this healing property. You can effortlessly prepare a wash by diluting the root decoction.
Elecampane may possess mild sedative properties and like many herbal teas, it could be useful in calming your nerves and anxiety. Warm cup of tea made from the herb before bed may be just what you need to get a good night’s sleep. Herb that works for one person will not essentially work for another but given that elecampane is usually considered as safe; it would not hurt to give it a go.
People used elecampane root as a digestive stimulant and cure for upset stomach for hundreds of years. It is also a favorite cure due to a chemical called alantolactone – for expelling worms and parasites from the digestive tract. Taken before a meal, the root decoction has a bitter principle called helenin which promotes digestion, improves vitamin and mineral absorption, and encourages the appetite. This remedy is particularly helpful for refreshing the appetite after a bout with the flu or other illness.
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