Elecampane Oil

Elecampane oil

What is Elecampane oil?

Elecampane essential oil probably isn’t the first oil on your aromatherapy list, but it is actually a very powerful and proven method to treat a number of health conditions. This essential oil is actually derived from a small perennial plant that can be found throughout Europe and Great Britain. Historically, elecampane was believed to have sprung from the place where Helen of Troy’s tears fell, but it has certainly spread to a wider part of the world than that.

Properties

Some of the most important and exciting health benefits of elecampane essential oil include its ability to boost the immune system, prevent bacterial and intestinal infections, improve the metabolism, detoxify the body, reduce respiratory distress, stimulate the circulatory system, soothe the digestive system, and protect dental health.

Precaution

Pregnancy and breastfeeding: It’s LIKELY UNSAFE to take elecampane if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Avoid use. Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Elecampane may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking elecampane. Diabetes: There is some concern that elecampane may interfere with blood sugar control. If you have diabetes and use elecampane, monitor your blood sugar carefully. High blood pressure or low blood pressure: There is some concern that elecampane might interfere with blood pressure control. If you have blood pressure problems and use elecampane, monitor your blood pressure carefully. Surgery: Elecampane affects the central nervous system and can cause sleepiness. There is a concern that it might cause too much sleepiness if combined with anesthesia and other medications used during and after surgery. Stop using elecampane at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Benefits

Clears Respiratory Tract

This was perhaps the first and most commonly applied benefit of Elecampane essential oil, and over the centuries, countless people have enjoyed the expectorant qualities of this essential oil to release mucus build-up in the respiratory tracts and allow it to be expelled from the body.

Boosts Immune System

Thanks to the impressive antibacterial and antimicrobial qualities of Elecampane essential oil, this oil is wonderful for boosting the immune system of the body and providing a protective layer for the body against foreign invasion. When diffused in a room, Elecampane essential oil can rid your internal and external self of bacterial agents, and if topically applied, the oil can protect wounds or other high-risk spots for infection or illness.

Improves Metabolism

As both a stimulant and tonic substance, Elecampane essential oil can significantly improve the metabolism. It stimulates hormonal balance in the body, which can help to optimize all the functions of the body, including the release of toxins or waste substances.

Promotes Urination

Due to its diuretic nature, Elecampane essential oil has often been turned to for people suffering from water retention, particularly pregnant women. Also, after an illness or injury, it is good to flush the body of any stray toxins, so stimulating frequent urination can achieve this.

Improves Digestive Health

Elecampane oil has been relied on for hundreds of years to settle stomachs, aid digestion, stimulate increased nutrient retention, and eliminate intestinal worms. Improving the health of your digestive system can impact every other system of your body, so the use of Elecampane essential oil for this purpose is perhaps it's most important!

Dental Care

The antibacterial and antiseptic qualities of Elecampane essential oil make it an ideal ingredient in many dental health regimens. Aside from being included in many herbal kinds of toothpaste and mouthwashes, a small amount of Elecampane essential oil can be mixed with water and applied directly to the gums to slow their retraction away from the teeth and eliminate dangerous bacteria that hide below the gums, preventing periodontal disease!

Skin Care

The astringent properties of Elecampane essential oil aren’t the most widely recognized, but they are valuable for those people wanting to tone up and protect their skin.

Side effects

Elecampane is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken in large amounts. Large amounts of elecampane can cause vomiting, diarrhea, spasms, and paralysis.