Elecampane Plant

Elecampane Plant

Description

Inula helenium

A really stunning, very tall growing perennial herb (2m) with bright yellow flowers from the 2nd year. It prefers partial shade and moist soils, but will also grow in full sun.

It's the roots that are used as a respiratory system medicine. It is pungent, warming and aromatic with some bitterness and an excellent cough remedy as well as for colds and asthma. It can also be used to support the digestive system to stimulate and aid digestion.

Dig up the roots after the 2nd year and they can be made into a decoction, tincture, infused honey or syrup.

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