The Enula, whose botanical name is Inula Helenium, is a perennial herb that belongs to the Asteracae family. The plant is small in size and the buds of the plant are placed at ground level while the stem is elongated and leafy and the underground part consists of a rhizome. The fleshy and bitter root is aromatic and large. The leaves are oblong and petiolate and the inflorescence is formed by rather large flower heads which can be born on their own or with corimbose protuberances. The plant is commonly called stomach herb, enula Bell, poison plant and Helenium. The Elecula native to Europe and Asia, also grows in Japan and North America and is found on stony paths, on the roadsides and in the woods. Although rarely, we find it in Italy but only in mountainous areas while it is scarce in the south. The plant is still the subject of in-depth studies even if in ancient times it was used by the common people for its therapeutic virtues. Elecampane blooms in Autumn and Spring but for phytotherapy purposes, it is harvested only after the third year of life.
Therapeutic properties of Enula
Although the plant is still under the careful study of herbal researchers, it seems to have significant digestive and anticatarrhal functions in fact it is used in case of bronchitis and colds that involve the secretion of mucus. It seems that the plant serves precisely to favor the expulsion of mucus in case of bronchitis of a certain importance and in remarkably calmer those attacks of acute cough. The enula, however, is also excellent for the biliary tract and for annoying cystitis but also has antidiarrheal and disinfectant properties for the intestine. These last two factors have been reported by habitual consumers to herbalists who have promptly informed the phytotherapeutic pharmacopoeia. The inulin present in the elula at 40%, is the element that allows the plant to act beneficially on the human organism. And it is precisely the inulin that seems to have significant and important capacities to fight cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and is also very useful in cases of high blood pressure. Enula is also excellent for various types of herpes, leucorrhea and amenorrhea.