Elecampane herb or (Inula helenium) is a perennial plant found in North America, Great Britain, central and Southern Europe and Asia. The herb itself is somewhat rigid and grows to a height of around 90cm to 150cm with large leaves and yellow flowers. It is best known for it’s medicinal use in coughs, asthma and bronchitis. Can be mixed with echinacea producing an effective cleansing remedy for the symptoms of tuberculosis by strengthening and promoting expectoration of the lungs.
It can also be helpful in the ailments of the stomach, urinary tract, kidney, and to tone up the mucous membranes. Recent scientific studies have shown that elecampane herb can kill methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) as well as a broad spectrum of other bacteria.
Medicinal properties include: Diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, aromatic, stimulant, stomachic, astrigent and tonic.
Normal dosage is to take one capsule three times a day or as liquid extract take one-half to one teaspoonful.
Other names include: Scabwort, elfwort, horseheal and horse-elder.