March remedy update

Actually did some digging up at the old allotment!  Dug out one of those pesky Inula roots – Inula helenium (Elecampane) is an ace remedy for coughs, chest weakness, pleurisy and the like.  An aromatic bitter, it is restorative to the lungs and antibacterial to boot.  Trouble is I have so much of the stuff on the allotment – leave one small piece of root in the ground and – Triffids around the place!  It is related to Jerusalem artichokes Helianthus tuberosus (Asteraceae) which will also run and run!  Both contain loads of inulin, a starch-like complex carbohydrate made of fructose rather than glucose, but you wouldn’t eat Inula as a vegetable, too bitter and strong tasting.  Nice as a syrup but the tincture is tolerable.

Talking of tinctures, after last weeks’ allotment visit I started a tincture of fresh dandelion root.  Hope to press out soon as need it urgently.  Hard to keep ahead of stock supply when there are so many other things to do.


About donaldpurves

Traditional Herbalist since 1989, qualified originally with National Institute of Medical Herbalists (Tutorial Course, School of Herbal Medicine/Phytotherapy), joined Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners in 2011. University lecturer in Herbal Medicine since 2005. Born and brought up in the Scottish Borders. Higher Education at University of York (Biology 1980) and Scottish School of Herbal Medicine (MSc Herbal Medicine 2003). Married to Rukshana Afia, an artist working with drawing, textiles and ceramics. Passionate about environmental, economic and social justice.
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