Elecampane Root (Cut and Sifted)
Botanical Name: Inula helenium
Common Names: Yellow Starwort,horse-elder, horseheal, scabwort
Used throughout the world for thousands of years, Westerners have traditionally used elecampane both as a medicine and a condiment or cordial for digestion, loss of appetite, and non-ulcer dyspepsia (it was an ingredient in absinthe).
It’s considered not only expectorant but also carminative, diuretic, stomachic, antimicrobial, anthelmintic, anti-asthmatic, vulnerary, a gentle stimulant, and in large doses, emetic.
Warning: Persons with allergies to other members of the Asteraceae family (such as feverfew, chamomile, or echincaea) should exercise caution with elcampane, as allergic cross-reactivity to Asteraceae plants is common.