Elecampane - nine-strong hero
The elecampane has many popular names: a bear’s ear, nine-forces, divosil, wild sunflower... He was credited with magical powers from nine serious ailments. This plant is surrounded by many secrets and legends. Even Avicenna in the "Canon of Medicine" recommended the use of elecampane for inflammation of the sciatic nerve and joint pain in the form of bandages from the roots and leaves.
Elecampane - a winter-hardy tall perennial with erect shoots. Oblong-oval leaves are close in size to the leaves of burdock, and the golden flower baskets are very similar to miniature sunflower inflorescences.
© Jean Tosti
This plant is already mentioned in the writings of the great physician Hippocrates. In the Middle Ages it was successfully grown in monastery gardens for medicinal purposes. Elecampane is widely used in Tibetan and Chinese medicine.
Elecampane rhizomes contain essential oil, a large amount of inulin. In folk medicine, they are used to treat diseases of the respiratory tract, tuberculosis, organs of the gastrointestinal tract, with flu, rheumatism, and diabetes mellitus.
Decoction of the roots and rhizomes of elecampane recommended as an expectorant and anti-inflammatory agent. You can cook it at home. To do this, one tablespoon of crushed dry raw materials is placed in an enameled dish and poured with a glass of boiling water, covered with a lid and heated in a water bath for 30 minutes, stirring often, after which it is cooled and filtered.
Drink the broth in the form of heat 3 times a day, an hour before meals.
A popular ointment for scabies: A tablespoon of crushed elecampane roots are thoroughly mixed with a glass of unsalted butter.
For grinding with radiculitis: 20 g of dry roots are infused in 100 g of vodka for 10-12 days.
Here is a recipe for one of the healing drinks called "Nine forces": 300 g (or 50 g dry) of the roots of elecampane are crushed and boiled in a liter of water for 20 minutes. (dry - 25 minutes). The broth is filtered, 100-150 g of granulated sugar is added, 0.5 cups of cranberry juice, stirred and cooled.