ELECAMPANE - Inula helenium
This underrated and overlooked herb which was so in important in Europe in medieval times but not generally available nowadays, apart from of course Happy Herb Shops.
It really is the herb for singers throats. I believe all singers should have this herb and suck on a piece from time to time to keep their throats in good singing order. It is excellent for laryngitis and I always carry it for same. As well as for the throat it is also important for bronchitis,coughs, laryngitis and the lungs.
I was reminded of it at the recent Earth Frequency Festival when somebody came up and whispered so low because obviously they had lost their voice due to the dust conditions and infections from the soil that is kicked up while dancing (many people get the flu and get sick at such outside festivals because of this-I have found PROPOLIS to be very useful here too.)
As it turned out I gave had given away my precious bag of ELECAMPANE and had nothing in my medicine bag but coltsfoot to give her. I advised her to keep a quid of it in her mouth and let the juice of it trickle down her throat. I saw her later in the day and her voice had returned. I once had a well known singing tutor come up to me at the Melbourne Mind Body Spirit Festival without his voice and he had to conduct a seminar on how to sing! I gave him a piece of ELECAMPANE to suck on. An hour later I heard him singing on stage in full throat. He came over later and thanked me saying what a miracle herb it was. I replied every singer should know about it. This typifies why we do what we do at the HappyHerb Co and that people need to know about herbs.However we are restricted on making claims-true and proven claims- there should be more herb lore I reckon and not herb law and I will sing that to the rooftops(with ELECAMPANE of course!)
Here is some further information on this wonderful singers herb which is good for so many other conditions-see below.
ELECAMPANE was the ‘The world’s first cough lozenge’, Elecampane root was traded around Europe by French monks. It was also used against tuberculosis. Helen of Troy was believed to be gathering Elecampane when she was abducted by Paris, hence its botanical name.
Sucking on a piece of elecampane may give some people a very mild herbal high all of its own; aptly described as a ‘sideways stone’. Elecampane certainly gives your mouth and tastebuds a high!
"Elecampane is another wonderful lung-cleansing herb for smokers. Enabling better breathing efficiency, elecampane also restores the lungs by healing damaged lung linings. If you do happen to keep a piece of elecampane in your mouth for a long time you will find that you’ll be removing strips of dead discarded skin that is in your mouth which is the action of elecampane-it cleans and restores.
Elecampane is also good for the pancreas and diabetics as a rich source of natural insulin.
Chew on a root piece or take as a tea for chronic lung conditions. It also strengthens digestion, inhibits and expels mucus and relieves nausea and vomiting. Elecampane is known as the 'singer's herb' for its protection of the larynx and throat. I find that if you suck on a piece of Elecampane and swallow it before it’s completely masticated you will go to the toilet in a hurry,but just once,it seems to clean out the lining of your colon as well.
MEDICINAL USES OF ELECAMPANE :NB It’s major benefits are in Capitals:
HARM REDUCTION FROM SMOKING
High blood pressure
Recovery from illness
Skin diseases (wash or poultice)
Elecampane is powerful. Over use may give you diarrhoea and/or vomiting.