Elecampane root and flower (Inula helenium) is a safe mildly stimulating herb used as a tonic in herbalism for strengthening the lungs and digestive tract.
What to Know About Taking Elecampane Root and Flower
Digestive tonic herbs, such as elecampane root and flower, are often used with nutrient dense foods to reduce the congested, heavy, and tired feelings that accompany eating important protein and fat containing meals.
Elecampane root and flower contain small traces of volatile oils that give this herb a pleasant earthy, woody, and balmy medicinal scent that is uplifting to the senses and opening to the lungs.
Elecampane root and flower is often used as part of the herbal remedy made with apple cider vinegar, spices, and other digestive herbs called bitters.
Why Take Elecampane Root and Flower?
The main uses of elecampane root and flower is to rejuvenate the energy of body by promoting strong lungs with clear breathing and to strengthen digestion. The long term use is as a qi tonic for raising daily energy in a lasting way by supporting breathing and oxygenation of the body's tissues and assimilation of food.
Herbalism uses elecampane root and flower for the following benefits:
How Elecampane Root and Flower Works with the Body and Diet
The combined constituents in elecampane root and flower, which includes essential oils, phenols, and flavonoids, are responsible for the holistic benefits of increasing energy by promoting digestion and supporting breathing.
Undesired Outcomes While Taking Elecampane Root and Flower
As with many herbs, some undesirable outcomes may be encountered with elecampane root and flower such as digestive upset, sleeplessness, irritability, headache, and tension.
Some remedies for undesirable outcomes with elecampane root and flower are as follows:
- You are consuming too much elecampane root and flower daily
- For occasional use only, consume once a day or less
- Do not take elecampane root and flower on an empty stomach.
Take with complete balanced meals
- Do not take too much at once
- Divide your dosage up throughout the day
- Take the correct amount of elecampane root and flower daily
Taking Elecampane Root and Flower During Pregnancy and Lactation
No known harmful effect of taking the appropriate serving of elecampane root and flower with complete balanced meals during pregnancy and lactation. Consult a healthcare provider when adjusting lifestyle, exercise, diet, and supplementation.