Elecampane Root (Inula helenium)

By Napiers


A herbal food supplement


Inula helenium


Elecampane Root, Horse-heal


Compositae (Asteraceae)


Common in Britain, this plant is used in Switzerland and France to manufacture absinthe.


The loose chopped dried root.


100g / 500g Pouch. Not currently available to customers in the EU.


Vegetarians and vegans.


Decoction: About 1 to 2 teaspoons of herb (1.5 to 4 g) to a cup of cold water, bring to the boil and leave to sit for 15 minutes. Or steep 1 teaspoon bark in cold water overnight. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.

The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.


There is a known sensitivity to Elecampane. 

This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Compositae).

Allergic contact dermatitis is a side effect, though it is an fairly infrequent occurrence. It is caused by the sesquiterpene lactone content. Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.

Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children, or if you are unwell, have health concerns or an ongoing illness. If in doubt, please ask us, your medical herbalist or healthcare practitioner. This herb is not suitable during pregnancy. If you are taking any medication, please speak to your healthcare practitioner before using this product. Discontinue use and consult a doctor if adverse reactions occur. This product should not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet or lifestyle. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


An expectorant, anti-tussive and diaphoretic. Use for bronchial problems, asthma and catarrhal complaints.

Key actions: Antibacterial, diaphoretic, expectorant, spasmolytic, bronchospasmolytic. 

In clinic: Herbalists use this herb to treat tracheal and bronchial catarrh.

If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.


Keep in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Keep out of reach of children.

Pouches: Packaged in a biodegradable stand-up resealable pouch. Made with 45% - 60% renewable wood pulp starch. When placed into a composting environment the pouches will biodegrade to compost within 3 months.

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Napiers the Herbalists was founded by Duncan Napier, a Victorian botanist and the most famous herbalist in Scotland.