Elecampane is a perennial herb with a high erect stem, sometimes reaching a height of two meters. Quite large elecampane flowers are most often yellow or orange. Usually this plant is found in a meadow, near a reservoir, or in some kind of ditch or quarry. Tall plants with a straight wide stem are considered the best for use.
The most medicinal is the herb, which is more than three years old, since young plants do not yet contain such an amount of useful substances. Elecampane is carefully dug out of the ground and, having slightly shaken off, the rhizome and stem are removed, and the root itself is washed in water. A root that is too large can be cut and then spread out in a thin layer on paper and dried. It usually takes two to three days in sunny weather. Keep in mind that drying in the oven will negate all the health benefits of elecampane.
The healing properties of elecampane are contained in the substances contained in its roots. These are various resins, wax, essential oil, vitamin E, saponins, polysaccharide, inulin and mucus. A decoction from the roots of the plant is used for inflammatory processes of the intestines and stomach, for coughs and bronchitis, for diseases of the kidneys and liver, in addition, it has diuretic, anthelmintic and anti-inflammatory properties. And the vitamin E included in its composition is able to postpone the process of premature aging. Also, a decoction of elecampane is indispensable for skin diseases, and the mucus and resins present in the plant have a positive effect on the mucous membranes.
Elecampane has long been known as a medicinal plant, often used in various folk remedies. Most often, a decoction or infusion is prepared from it, less often it is added to tea or an ointment is prepared.
Powder from the roots, mixed with pork fat, is well fried and spread in a thin layer on a cloth, after which it is placed on wounds or tumors. To heal skin ailments such as scabies, eczema, baths are made with the addition of elecampane decoction.
Infusion from the root of the plant is the best way to fight stomach ulcers and gastritis. For the treatment of stomach and duodenal ulcers, you should drink one spoonful of infusion, and then drink two or three tablespoons of pork fat. Elecampane is also useful in the fight against sciatica, goiter and diseases of the nervous system. In addition, it reduces toothache, lowers blood pressure and copes well with heart ailments.
Tea is made from elecampane to help fight coughs. To do this, a teaspoon of rhizomes must be brewed with a liter of boiling water and left for 15 minutes. Then take the infusion in a glass two or three times during the day, eating it with honey. If the resulting infusion is mixed with exactly the same amount of honey, then it will help well in case of bronchial asthma. You need to drink it in a teaspoon 20 minutes before meals, three times a day.
Infusion of root on vodka, at the rate of half a liter of vodka for 2 cups of ground roots, infused for nine days, is excellent for tuberculosis, diathesis, asthma, radiculitis, various skin diseases, rheumatism, hypertension, jaundice and mild forms of diabetes. Take the remedy in a tablespoon before meals for two to three months.
Please note that taking drugs from the roots of elecampane is contraindicated for people suffering from kidney and heart disease in pregnant women. In addition, with an overdose of decoctions and infusions, symptoms of poisoning may appear.