Elecampane tea - The Healing power of Herbal teas – Ceres Esplan
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The Healing power of Herbal teas – Ceres Esplan
Elecampane, Inula helenium, Horseheal or wild sunflower is a huge plant that grows wild, although it is not thought to be a native plant in Britain. Possibly, it was brought back with the Crusaders after they had found that it made an invaluable veterinary remedy for their horses.
It is a very tall, coarse leaved plant with heads of big yellow daisy like flowers and its roots used to be picked to be candied and eaten as a sweet, rather on the same lines as Angelica stems.
It can certainly be grown from root cuttings in large gardens and needs a shady damp situation where it can be decorative.
Elecampane tea, for humans, is made from the dried root. It is almost a herbal specific for bronchitis and other hard dry coughs and is now thought to be strongly antibacterial