The species name helenium may be named after Helen of Troy, as it is thought that she held a sprig of this plant in her hand as she left Sparta. Other stories say that the plant grew where her tears fell. Elecampane is a chi tonic, expectorant, antiseptic, stimulant and antitussive – and it can be used to help treat lung infections such as bronchitis and pleurisy. It’s also used for other respiratory ailments such as asthma, hay fever, and coughs. Persons with allergies to other members of the Asteraceae family (such as feverfew, chamomile, or Echinacea) should exercise caution as a potential allergen. Large doses may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and cramping.
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