Elecampane tea has been chronicled in traditions and legends in centuries past. Today, the benefits of elecampane are being realized and utilized by a whole new generation.
Elecampane is also called wild sunflower scabwort, and horseheal. Its latin name is inula helenium. Elecampane gets its Latin name from the legend of Helen of Troy, who was supposed to have carried a bouquet of elecampane as she was being abducted from Sparta . Elecampane has been used by the ancient Greeks and Romans to treat indigestion, sciatica, bronchitis, asthma, and to ease feelings of melancholy.
Elecampane is a perennial garden flower that has been traditionally used by Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine practitioners for a variety of ailments like bronchitis and asthma. Elecampane is native to southern and eastern Europe but naturalized around the world. Elecampane is a 6-to 8-foot tall plant with large, pointed leaves with downy gray undersides, and yellow summer flowers.
Elecampane has constituents of alanto-lactones and up to 45% inulin. These can be derived by brewing elecampane tea. Elecampane Tea is made by steeping ¼ teaspoon of powdered elecampane root in a cup of hot water. Elecampane Tea can be taken up to three times a day. As the taste of elecampane is bitter, it is recommended that the elecampane tea be flavored with something else.
Elecampane tea should not be taken by people with diabetes, as well as pregnant women. Elecampane Tea should also not be taken in large doses as it might cause discomfort and certain conditions.
Here are some of the health benefits attributed to this tea:
- Can treat bronchial congestion. It can be used as an expectorant for those suffering from cough.
- Can be used to treat asthma and other respiratory ailments.
- Said to improve digestion.
- Said to help kill intestinal parasites.
- May help uplift the mood.
- Can be used to treat yeast infections.
- May help ease stress to the heart. As such, it may prove to be a helpful component in the overall efforts to treat cardiovascular diseases.