Elecampane Herb

By | February 14, 2014

Elecampane herb, found in Europe, Asia, and America, has a long history of medicinal uses and is most helpful in the treatment of respiratory ailments. Also known as “elfwort” or “scabwort”, it is the Elecampane root which is most often used.



Historically, Elecampane Inula helenium has been used to combat intestinal parasites, yeast infections and congestive heart failure.

Elecampane is a reliable agent against bronchitis, pneumonia and emphysema and in the treatment of bronchial coughs in children.

This herb has diuretic and expectorant properties and anecdotal evidence of suggests uses as an antiseptic and digestive aid.

It can also stimulate menstrual periods in women suffering from amenorrhea, which means that women who are pregnant should not use it.

How Used

The roots from the Elecampane need to be harvested from young plants and Elecampane can be prepared as a tincture, lotion, or powder.


Most people find they are able to use Elecampane due to the fact there are very few side effects from its use, although those with diabetes should not use this herb.