Elecampane Root (Inula Helenium)
Commonly known as yellow starwort, horseheal, wildflower, and elecampane, the Inula helenium is a native of Europe and Asia. It is also found cultivated in North America. It has been a traditional medicine even before the Roman Empire used it. Its name is derived from its remarkable ability to cure horses and sheep of skin infections. In China, the herb has been used medicinally for thousands of years.
The medicinal herb is known for its expectorant, diuretic, cholagogue, astringent, antiparasite, and antibacterial properties. Based on its ability, the Inula helenium root is used in the treatment of many ailments such as parasite infection, back pain, nerve pains, cough, congestion, bronchitis, and asthma.
It is most commonly used as a respiratory tonic. It can provide almost instant relief for breathlessness caused by bronchitis or asthma. It contains compounds such as inulin, helenin, and helenalin, which are effective as an expectorant and antiseptic. This root also contains antibacterial and antifungal properties.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!