Elecampane Root

Elecampane Root

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Also known as Elf Dock or Nurse Heal, Elecampane is an herb originating from Europe and parts of Asia. Most commonly, elecampane is used to move phlegm that causes respiratory issues and eliminate intestinal bacteria to improve stomach issues. The root and sometimes the rhizomes from two to three-year-old elecampane plants, are used in herbal medicine formed into teas, tinctures, medicinal honey, syrup, capsules, extracts, or sweet confections. As a fragrant herb, Elecampane is also used to provide flavour in foods and beverages, and to lend fragrance in beauty products. The species name (Inula helenium) comes from ancient Greek Myth relating to a tale of how this plant sprouted up from the tear’s cast by Helen of Troy upon her abduction from Sparta by Paris.

Much folklore surrounds the plant, not only being limited to it’s inclusion in a 9-herb blend consisting of Rue, Nettle, Verbena, Yarrow, Mugwort, Wood Betony, Celandine, and White Clover which is an old European-style tea-bath for Protection Against Witches - so is a good one to use as protection from others mis-deeds towards you. Used in ancient times as an offering to Odin. It was also assigned to the sun and was an ingredient in all solstice incenses. Elecampane is a powerful herb for banishing and dispelling negative or violent energies, hide a sachet or sprinkle elecampane powder around doorways to keep negativity out of your house. 

When placed in a sachet and worn is said to attract love, the flowers attract love and most effective when sewn up in a pink cloth. One for the hoodoo and voodoo, this root is often used in love magick by creating poppets filled with the root and something belonging to the person you want to love you…ok i cannot advocate going against someones natural wishes granted, but thought the history was worth it. 

Grind the dried herb with vervain and mistletoe ( also available on this site) to create a powerful love charm powder. Create an incense by grinding into a powder and smoulder on charcoal to boost psychic abilities, especially when scrying.

In Short: Love, Psychic Power, Banishing, Dispelling negative energies, Protection, Solstice Celebrations

Planet: Mercury/ Sun

Element: Air

Gender: Masculine

Deities: Hathor, Freya, Branwen, Adonis, Tammuz, Odin

Comes in a little baggie weighing about 25g 

**It is not recommended to ingest elecampane if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, elecampane may interfere with existing treatment for hypoglycemic and antihypertensive treatments.  Elecampane can cause allergic reactions to people who are allergic to plants belonging to the sunflower family. Diabetics should also avoid using this herb.**