Elecampane

Elecampane

General Information

Scientific Name: asteracae Inulae Inula Helenium
Common Names:  Horse heal, Elfdock, Marchalan
Zones 4-9
Perennial
Growth Habit: Rosette to flowering stalk
Height: 4-5 feet
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Permaculture Designation: Flowering Beneficial, Medicinal

 Comments

I’ve got some elecampane started in the front yard.  It’s been a slow grower, but I’ve got 3 plants that seem well established.  This plant was featured in one of Jack Spirko’s survival podcast as one of 10 essential herbal medicinals.

http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/10-medicinal-herbs-perennial

Elecampane is touted for it’s use in treating chest ailments including bronchitis.  Losenges and small candies can be made from 2-3 year old roots.  It shoots a flowering stalk with a double sunflower head (thus the Aster family).

Propagation

I started mine from seed, and it seemed like a fairly easy germinator.  Can also be propagated from root cuttings, much like comfrey.  A two inch segment with an eye is sowed in the fall.

Uses

Roots can be candied and used as lozenges.  Can also be used in a alcohol infusion, with one recipe calling for white port, sugar and currants to make a cordial.  You can also steep bits of root in honey for a honey infusion.  (The honey is then taken for the remedy)

Links to sites consulted:

The best information on medicinal uses and preparation came from the botanical.com

http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/e/elecam07.html

http://herbgardens.about.com/od/medicinalherbs/p/How-To-Grow-And-Use-Elecampane.htm

http://www.learningherbs.com/natural_cough_remedy.html

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