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Viridian Elecampane Tincture 100% Organic, 50ml

Product Code: 610V

£9.00

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Elecampane has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years, and was well known to the ancient Greeks. Elecampane has been prized for its expectorant properties, aiding the discharge of matter from the lungs. It was valued for its ability to promote menstruation, as a tonic and a gentle stimulant, and as a means of promoting perspiration, particularly in relieving the common cold.




Elecampane is indigenous to Europe and Asia and is now grown organically in the UK. The dried roots and rhizomes (branching part of the root) are collected in the spring or early winter and used in herbal preparations. Elecampane has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years, and was well known to the ancient Greeks. Elecampane has been prized for its expectorant properties, aiding the discharge of matter from the lungs. It was valued for its ability to promote menstruation, as a tonic and a gentle stimulant, and as a means of promoting perspiration, particularly in relieving the common cold.
Elecampane root and rhizome contain approximately 1 - 4% volatile oils. Most of these volatile oils are composed of sesquiterpene lactones, including alantolactone. Elecampane is also very high in inulin (44%) and mucilage. Most herbal texts attribute the actions of elecampane to alantolactone.



? LUNG TONIC- Elecampane helps with all pulmonary and catarrhal problems, having expectorant and anti-spasmodic effects making this an ideal remedy for the treatment of coughs and bronchitis. It is a specific for irritating bronchial coughs. It may be used wherever copious amounts of catarrh is formed e.g. bronchitis or emphysema. The herb has a dual effect on clearing and soothing the bronchial membranes; firstly through its mucilage (inulin) content it exerts a soothing and relaxing effect and secondly, the essential oils stimulate and function as a potent expectorant.


? DIGESTIVE TONIC ? the herb is a notable bitter making it a useful stimulant for digestion and the helping the appetite. The carminative (soothing effect on the intestinal tract) effects of Elecampane are partly due to the inulin and mucilage content.


? ANTI-PATHOGENIC ? Elecampane is also anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-biotic, and anti-bacterial. Isolated alantolactone has been used to treat parasites (e.g. roundworm, threadworm, hookworm, and whipworm).



Dosage

Fresh organic Elecampane root (Inula helenium) tincture 1:1.33 w/v in 25% organic ethanol.


1ml=500mg of fresh root.


Take 15-30 drops, 2-3 times daily in a little fruit juice or water.



Potential applications

Primary uses are for supporting PULMONARY function e.g. Coughs, bronchitis, and catarrhal conditions e.g. COPD. Digestive concerns (dyspepsia) particularly relating to pathogens such as CANDIDA. Intestinal parasites.



Known contraindications

Do not use during pregnancy or lactation.



Interactions

Alantolactone in rare cases can be an irritant to the intestinal tract and, along with other sesquiterpene lactones in elecampane, may possibly cause localized irritation in the mouth.



Useful links

Other supportive nutrients and herbals to aid lung health include; Antioxidants (incl. Vit C and E), Coleus forskholii, Liqourice, Red clover, Plantain, Garlic and Astragalus.



Note:

Elecampane is the richest natural source of inulin.