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Elecampane, an herbaceous perennial in the Aster family, grows in fields and pastures and along roadsides and fencerows, preferring moist ground. It has a long history of use as a tonic herb for the respiratory system. It's warming and clearing to the lower respiratory system, effectively expelling congestion and stuck energy. It also soothes the tissue irritation and inflammation that results from coughing. (From The Herbarium Monographs)
This herb works wonderfully for colds and flu. Drinking a tea made from echinacea can greatly reduce the severity and duration of these two illnesses. It’s also widely used for treating upper respiratory tract infections and sore throat. It’s also an effective anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibiotic and detoxifier.