Elecampane is in the sunflower family, touting sunflower-like yellow narrow ray petals that are delicate yet balanced in their appearance. Many use the flower essence of Elecampane to rise tall in confidence, improve feelings of self worth, claim newfound strength, power, and wisdom from the higher realms.
Elecampane is a Southern European remedy brought over by colonists and then put to use by Native Americans for coughs and as an expectorant for drying out green or yellow mucus and other lung related infections. The aromatic yet bitter root of Elecampane is rich in inulin, a prebiotic fiber that feeds beneficial gut bacteria, making it a wonderful digestive remedy as well as lung tonic. Those with pneumonia or bronchitis find dramatic improvements in only a few days.
Decocting the root for 30 mins or more produces a therapeutic grade herbal tea that can be tasted and consumed to activate the bitter taste receptor sites in the body. We now know that humans have bitter taste receptor sites in our GI tract, lung, heart, and brains which are all activated and balanced by starting on the tongue.
One of my greatest teachers, Richard Mandelbaum, AHG, would suggest that stimulating the bitter taste receptor sites in the lungs via herbal medicine is much stronger than any synthetic pharmaceutical for lasting healing results.
Elecampane has the ability to combat dampness not only in the gut, but the mind as well. Some say it calms the mind, and cutting edge chefs are even cooking with it due to its complex flavor and aroma!
Arielle Hayat of @arielletheherbalist is a clinical herbalist with three years of intensive training from Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism in New York City. She completed her 1000 hour apprenticeship with 30+ year Wise Woman herbalist Lata Kennedy of Flower Power Herbs and Roots focusing on the Six Steps of Healing of the Wise Woman Tradition. She continues to work at Flower Power and there she is able to empower and guide numerous people in her community to a healthier lifestyle that focuses on wellness from the inside out. Arielle has a private consult practice, (link https://www.thealchemistskitchen.com/pages/herbalists) and teaches weekly workshops at wellness haven, The Alchemist's Kitchen. She also is a founding member of Sacred Lotus Yoni Steam (https://www.thealchemistskitchen.com/collections/sacred-lotus) as a clinical herbalist formulating steam blends for feminine health. Her education in natural plant medicine weaves the methodologies of Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Native American folk, European herbalism, and The Wise Woman tradition (the oldest tradition of healing on our planet) to nourish the mind, body and soul of her clientele. Arielle's specialty lies in protocols for helping the body adapt to stress, healing mental wounds caused by the affects of tension and anxiety. She also sees clients with issues related to gut/ digestion, viral infections, adrenals, hormones and more. Through their work together, Arielle's clients rediscover their inner peace, and can experience profound emotional and physical transformation. Her website is arielletheherbalist.com.