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.
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.
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.
Elecampane, Inula helenium. A particularly fascinating plant, which will hopefully be discovered soon again.
Elecampane, history and stories