inula helenium

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Up to 8 ft tall. Big leaves that look like burdock or rhubarb, but narrower and fuzzy underneath. Flowers are also big with very thin yellow petals and a golden middle. Whole plant is edible. Tea made from the root used for lung conditions like pneumonia, bronchitis, cough, asthma, also calm digestive system and effective at expelling intestinal worms. Quite a strong sedative, anti-spasmodic, antiinflammatory, anti-bacterial and fungicide. The roots contain very high amounts of inulin which is a fiber that feeds probiotics and help leaky gut syndrome. Elecampane does however contain toxic lactones that can irritate mucus membranes and cause allergic reactions in some people. Be cautious.
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Inula helenium may be used not only for its stimulating expectorant effects but also to support digestion and a debilitated constitution (Mills 1989).
Herbal medicines particularly indicated here are Thymus vulgaris, Hydrastis canadensis and Inula helenium however it may be necessary to avoid Hydrastis if there is evidence of hypertension (Mills 2000).