Elecampane, history and stories

Health P0WR2THP0NERS December 9, 2016 0 8
The large, yellow flowering elecampane me, like other large plants always appealed. Yet I have him for a while forgotten, neglected to say, until the plant it in my difficult Provencal garden suddenly went very well do, even exuberant sowed. And that, I think you must also accept gratefully. Like many medicinal plant also was Angelalant are already traditionally beschreven.We him back around 500 in the Codex Constantinopolitanus. Hippocrates also mentioned the plant as beneficial to the respiratory tract, the uterus and urinary tract and even a writer as Horace tells us in his "Eighth Satire 'about making a sauce with these aromatic bitter root. Not surprising because in addition to the strong aboveground growth is still immense root with camphor which particularly stand out.

Pliny and Hildegard on Inula

In the year 77 Pliny wrote about a certain Julia Augustine that they "let no day pass without some nonchalant carrot to eat that to promote digestion and a pleasant mood. In the 5th century, the plant 'inula Campana' and in the Middle Ages' enula. " Hildegard von Bingen and Albertus Magnus advised the plant to the respiratory tract, as well Matthiolus.

Dodonaeus about Angelalant

Dodoens states: "inula is a much ghecocht income known Cruydt 'and inula root ghesoden income ghedroncken solves urine income verweckt which natuerlijcke cranckheyt of women / income es goet the ghenen from within gheborsten oft ghequetst sijn / income which LEDT eenich vercrompen oft ghespannen have. Which selve root with huenich vermenght income gheleckt suyvert chest which / who does Taeye fluymen ripen Rijsen income / income es overseer goet unto coughing corticheyt of breath. Alanroot ghepoedert es goet ghedroncken tseghen the stabbing bites income from the fenijnnighen ghedierten / income tseghen reeling income opblasinghen within tlichaems. Alanroot gheconfijt es der Maghen goet income bequaem income which does spijse distance honor.
Historically, we find therefore mainly the action on the digestive system and the respiratory organs back. Also in the so-called signature leather, wherein the appearance of the plant will give clues about its medicinal value, it is believe that the yellow color, refers to bile and digestive system, and the hairiness to its effect on skin and mucous membranes.

China, India and Gypsies over inula

In Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, the plant is called Pushkaramula in high regard as longtonicum and as an analgesic. Gypsies also took advantage of the elecampane to tame their horses and to cure skin diseases in sheep. The roots were also used in perfumes and incense and in Spain they used them also as natural flycatcher.
Also mythical stories and preparation of inula are plenty. Inula stopped with vervain and mistletoe in a pillow would promote dreaming and love ... increase knowledge and if you let burn the plant in the fire could be seen clearly. Anglo-Saxon authors hit the plant high, especially against diseases that were caused "by evil elves.


In 1804 was first inulin from inula root isolated, this oligo fructose which improves the intestinal flora, thus its name due to the plant 'inula.
Elecampane, Inula helenium. A particularly fascinating plant, which will hopefully be discovered soon again.