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Properties and uses of elecampane herb
Elecampane belongs to the number of perennial plants, it can also be annual, but only occasionally. In terms of its size, elecampane can be up to two meters in height. The plant is herbaceous and looks like a bush. Its leaves are elongated and pointed at the ends, and the stem is straight and rather dense. The flowers are quite large and catchy. Their color is usually from orange to yellow, which allows you to highlight the plant and immediately recognize it, without confusing it with any other. Usually elecampane is found in a meadow, not far from a reservoir, as well as in any ditch or quarry. Tall plants with a wide, straight stem are most preferred for use - their roots are best suited.
The most preferable for use is the herb, the age of which is more than three years, since the younger one does not yet contain such a number of useful properties, partially yielding to more mature plants. For further use, it is necessary to very carefully dig the elecampane out of the ground, lightly shake it off, remove the rhizome and stalk, and wash the root itself in water. If the root is wide and dense, then you need to cut it, and then spread it in one layer on a paper surface and let it dry. It is usually left in the sun for two or three days. It is better not to use an oven to dry the roots, otherwise the entire healing effect of the plant will be lost.
Useful properties of elecampane lie in the substances found in its root and rhizome. Among them are various resins, wax, from one to three percent of the essential oil in the form of crystals, vitamin E, saponins, up to forty-four percent of the polysaccharide inulin, as well as mucus. The decoction obtained from the rhizomes and roots of the plant is prescribed for inflammatory processes of the intestine or stomach, for strengthening with coughs and bronchitis with thickish secretions, as well as in the case of liver and kidney disease, has anthelmintic and diuretic properties, relieves inflammation, etc.
The plant's tocopherol (in other words, vitamin E) helps to delay the aging process for people suffering from its premature, as this vitamin is a natural antioxidant.
A decoction of elecampane is indispensable for diseases of the skin. For treatment and prevention, a strong decoction is used, which is added when taking baths. Also, a special ointment from elecampane is used externally, which heals from itching, scabies, etc. The mucus, resins and gums found in the plant have a beneficial therapeutic effect, since they envelop the walls and thereby protect the intestinal and stomach mucosa, as well as the pharynx.
Application of elecampane
Among folk remedies, the reception of elecampane is quite common. Usually a decoction or infusion is made from the roots of the plant, it is also used as an additive for tea or treated with an ointment from it.
The powder obtained from the roots is mixed with pork fat and fried well, and then, placed on a linen cloth, put on the site of a wound or tumor. The infusion made from the root of the plant is one of the best remedies for treating stomach ailments such as ulcers or gastritis. For the treatment of duodenal ulcers, it is necessary to take a tablespoon of the infusion, and then drink two or three tablespoons of pork fat. Elecampane is also useful for combating radiculitis, goiter or diseases of the nervous system - external or internal use is allowed. The infusion of the plant also reduces toothache, helps with heart diseases, and also slightly lowers blood pressure.
For the treatment of radiculitis or osteochondrosis, the following remedy is used. You need to take a three-liter jar and put in it a large handful of pre-crushed dried elecampane roots, add yeast in the same amount of one hundred grams and from five hundred to seven hundred grams of honey, and then add boiled water to the bottom edge of the can's neck, put on a rubber glove on top, pre-punctured her fingers. The resulting composition should be placed in a warm, but not hot place, covered with a dense cloth and left for two or three weeks to ferment. Then you need to pass the medicine through cheesecloth or strainer and store in the refrigerator. It is recommended to take the drug in the morning and in the evening - half a glass of the resulting composition, snacking on honey.
Another useful effect of elecampane is also known: its freshly plucked leaves are applied to ulcers, tumors, as well as scrofulous and erysipelas, in addition, the decoction obtained from the plant with water is drunk for pain in the chest or stomach, thinness, and the root of elecampane, coupled with lard - irreplaceable remedy for scabies.
A special tea is made from the plant, which helps to fight cough: you need to add a liter of boiling water to a teaspoon of plant rhizomes and leave for fifteen minutes. The infusion should be taken in a glass two or three times during the day along with honey. There is a recipe in cases of bronchial asthma: the juice obtained from the roots and rhizomes of the herb must be combined with honey in a one-to-one ratio, and then drink a teaspoon twenty minutes before meals, three times a day.
For the treatment of tuberculous diseases, there is the following remedy: it is necessary to mix five hundred milliliters of vodka with two glasses of grated fresh plant roots and leave for nine days, and then drink one tablespoon before eating. The term of treatment is two or three months. Elecampane is also widely used in cases of diathesis, bronchial asthma, radiculitis, any skin diseases, rheumatism, dropsy, hypertension, mild forms of diabetes, as well as jaundice.
There is also a recipe for infusion from elecampane, for it you need to add half a liter of red wine (port, Cahors wine) to one hundred and twenty grams of plant roots and, putting on the fire, boil for ten minutes. Next, the resulting product must be passed through gauze or a strainer. It is recommended to take the composition three or four times a day before meals in the amount of fifty milliliters. The infusion is irreplaceable, as it allows you to strengthen and tone the weakened body, and helps with stomach diseases (ulcers or gastritis).
The broth reduces the amount of mucus secreted from the respiratory tract and promotes the discharge of colds. By regulating intestinal peristalsis, it helps digestion and stimulates appetite, normalizes metabolism, reduces catarrhal symptoms and helps to better endure cough, which is indispensable for tuberculosis.
The decoction obtained from the rhizomes and roots of the plant helps with diseases of both the stomach and intestines - such as ulcers, gastritis, non-infectious diarrhea and colitis. Elecampane enhances uterine contraction, so it is used for small discharge during menstruation (or with a delay). It relieves inflammation in the throat and mouth, you just need to use it for gargling. It is used to cleanse non-weeping wounds from contamination.
Preparation of the elecampane broth: you need to add a glass of steep hot water to a teaspoon of chopped elecampane root, put on low heat for fifteen minutes, and then leave to infuse for four hours. It should be drunk several times during the day for a tablespoon.
The roots and rhizomes of the plant are widely used for treatment, because they serve as a diuretic, tone up the body and help cough up phlegm, and are also useful for pulmonary tuberculosis, rheumatism, etc. Harvesting of the root usually occurs in autumn or early spring. To treat rheumatism, twenty grams of burdock and elecampane roots are added with two hundred milliliters of very hot water, left for fifteen to twenty minutes and taken three or four times a day, a tablespoon. For the treatment of respiratory diseases, two teaspoons of the rhizomes and roots of the plant are placed in two glasses of water and left for eight hours. Take the remedy with a teaspoon of honey in half a glass of the composition four times during the day, thirty or sixty minutes before meals.
Contraindications to the use of elecampane
Taking medications from the plant is contraindicated for those suffering from kidney, heart disease and pregnant women. In case of an overdose of the decoction, symptoms of poisoning may occur.
Elecampane should not be taken during pregnancy, with excessive blood viscosity and bowel diseases with chronic atonic constipation.
The author of the article: Sokolova Nina Vladimirovna | Phytotherapist
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