bitter, acrid, warm
expectorant, antimicrobial, anticatarrhal
Elecampane is one of the most antibacterial herbs available. It has even been used as a surgical dressing. The aromatic compounds stimulate the cough reflex to move phlegm from deep within the lungs. These aromatics also help rid the stomach and the entire respiratory tract of accumulated phlegm. As a powerful stimulating remedy, it can reawaken the system to treat phlegmatic types and certain causes of weakness. Elecampane can help in some cases of depression or low spirits. Herblore has it that when Helen of Troy was whisked away by Paris, the plant sprang up where her tears fell, indicating a remedy for the sadness associated with homesickness.
Pregnancy, lactation, high doses could irritate mucosa. Low doses are effective.