Botanical Name: Inula helenium
- English: Elecampane
- Ayurvedic: Pushkaramuula, Pushkara, Pouskara,
- Also, known as: Alant, Inule, Enula elemie, Ussul-ur-rasun, Phatmer, Pil-gush, Scabwort, Elf dock, Yellow starwort, Wild sunflower, Horse heal, Velvet dock, Paushkara, Padmapatra, Kaashmira, Kushtha-bheda, Pohakarmul, Puskar, Pushkarmula, Pushkarmulam, Pushkara, Pushkaramula, Pohakar Mul, Pushkara Moola, Pokhar Mool, and Pushkarmulam, Elfwort, Horse-Elder, Horseheal, and Indian Elecampane
Habitat: Europe, North Asia, and Western Himalaya.
Harvested: Wild or Cultivated
Parts Used: Roots and rhizomes
Inula helenium is one of our largest herbaceous, striking, and handsome plant. The stems are thick, vigorous, 3 to 4 ft. tall, downy above, and branched. The leaves are large, ovate, 10 to 18 inches long and wooly underneath, are arranged alternately and toothed, the upper ones clasping the stem, the lower ones stalked. The flower heads are golden yellow, large, solitary, 2 to 4 inches across, and with narrow rays, blooming in midsummer. The flowers are on long stalks, resembling a double sunflower. The root is slightly gray brown on the outside, lighter brown internally, hard, horny and cylindrical, and should be dug in the autumn of the second year, usually split into longitudinal, oblique pieces having one or more roots. Divide plants about every 3 years to maintain vitality. The whole plant is similar in appearance to the horseradish. This plant has a long and interesting history as a medicinal herb wherein the rhizomes and roots were at one point used in a large variety of medical applications. Inula racemosa, similar species also found in Western Himalayas.
How to use:
Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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