Back Next

Inula helenium


Known as elecampane, is an herbaceous plant native to Europe and Asia. It is well-known for its large, broad leaves and bright yellow daisy-like flowers. It has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries with the roots of the plant often being used in herbal preparations. 
Inula helenium


Elecampane, also called horse-heal or elfdock




Elecampane is a diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, alterative, antimicrobial, and anti-parasitic.


When used, elecampane has many benefits including treating respiratory conditions, helping with indigestion and gas, can help fight certain types of infections, and promote building beneficial gut bacteria.


    Elecampane (Inula helenium) has been used for several different medicinal purposes. It is often used to promote the expulsion of mucus from the respiratory tract and alleviate symptoms of respiratory conditions such as coughs, bronchitis, and asthma. It also works as a mild digestive stimulant helping with gas while the plant’s roots work as a prebiotic fiber that contributes to improved digestive health


    The elecampane root can be ingested in a few different forms. Most common is the preparation of herbal teas to help alleviate respiratory symptoms. It has also been used in cough syrups due to its many benefits. Other uses include topical applications for wound healing and tonics for digestive support. The leaves of the elecampane can also be used in salads or cooked as a leafy green vegetable.


    For centuries, elecampane has been used in traditional medicine dating back to ancient Greece and Rome. Due to its perceived medicinal significance, it was cultivated in gardens and promoted by herbalists and botanists. Today, traditional healers still value the plant for all its benefits and use it for respiratory support.

When Inula helenium Helps With


Elecampane contains compounds with potent anti-inflammatory properties, aiding in addressing respiratory diseases associated with inflammation.

Respiratory Health

Elecampane slows white blood cell activity, reducing inflammation in respiratory conditions, and acts as an expectorant to loosen phlegm.


Elecampane contains compounds that actively combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria, showcasing antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.


Elecampane contains antioxidants offering support against oxidative stress and inflammatory diseases, and brain function.

“Homeopathy is so well trusted that 300 million patients in more than 80 nations use it.”

Karen Wehrstein